For those who have read "The Confession," written by Beverly Lewis, the musical performed at the Carlisle Inn in Sugarcreek was nothing short of the same, inspiring tale.
A dramatic, entertaining story of a young woman seeking to find her birth mother is even more captivating considering she was born and raised in an Old Order Amish community. Katie Lapp (played by Mary Elise Jones) discovers her adopted mother's secret one day when she crosses a satin infant's dress, embroidered with the name 'Katherine Mayfield.' Once Lapp confronts her mother, Rebecca (played by Kristina Miranda Sloan), and understands the truth about her past, Katie decides to seek out her birth mother and discover who she really is.
In the process Katie is told by her Amish father, Samuel Lapp (played by Adam Lowe), that if she decides to leave the community and seek out her birth mother he will have no choice but to report her to the bishop. Torn, Katie believes this is something she has to do and because of it is shunned by her Amish community.
Leaving heartbroken family and friends behind, Katherine Mayfield steps into a world completely different than the one she's accustomed to on a desperate search to find the woman who gave her up.
For the remainder of the play we follow Katherine to the front door of her birth mother's house, Laura Mayfield (played by Jennifer Wolcott), where in the confusion she is assumed to be new hired help for the estate. In the meantime, Laura's husband, Dylan Bennet (played by Derek Brookens), has hired an actress from New York to make Laura believe that she is her long-lost daughter as she is to inherit all of Laura's belongings once she passes.
When suspicions arise regarding the actress' credibility, Dylan vanishes. Shortly after, Alyson Cairns (played by Meredith Kochan), realizes that she can't follow through with their original plan and disappears as well.
As Laura's condition worsens she worries that she'll never find her real daughter.
This dramatic and energized story of a young woman finding her way strikes a place in the hearts of the audience members. It's a universal experience - that of the struggle we have as we try to make our mistakes right, and in the process discover who we are.
Come and watch the tale unwind at Carlisle Inn Sugarcreek this summer with your friends and family and see what this inspiring musical can do for you.
Carlisle Inn is located at 1357 Old Route 39 in Sugarcreek. "The Confession," A Musical is available at Carlisle Inn Sugarcreek from June 7-Dec. 15, 2012. Tickets are available online or at the box office. Visit www.dhgroup.com/en/sc/sc-the-confession.php or call 877-722-7547 for more information.
Mary Elise Jones (Katie Lapp/Katherine Mayfield) made her debut with Blue Gate Musicals at Carlisle Inn Sugarcreek as a part of "The Confession." She recently received her BFA in Musical Theatre and a minor in mathematics from Mars Hill College.
Emily Hubbard (Mary Stoltzfus) is now in her second summer playing the role of Mary Stoltzfus. In the fall Hubbard will enter her senior year at Kent State University and is anxious to continue her career in "the real world of theater."
Carl Herzog (Daniel Fisher) is a 2012 graduate from Southern Illinois University Carbondale with a Bachelors in Theater.
Kristina Miranda Sloan (Rebecca Lapp) is working in Ohio for the first time with the production of "The Confession" at Carlisle Inn Sugarcreek. She is a graduate of the University of Arizona with a BA in Theatre Arts.
Adam Lowe (Samuel Lapp) is a theater major at Northern Michigan University.
Jennifer Wolcott (Laura Mayfield) hails from Marion, Indiana. She has made her debut as a professional performer in "The Confession" at Carlisle Inn Sugarcreek. Wolcott holds a Bachelor of Arts in Vocal Performance from Taylor University and a Masters of Music in Opera and Musical Theatre from Southern Illinois University Carbondale.
Hannah Timm (Rosie Taylor) is from St. Marys, Pennsylvania and will be a senior Communications major/Music minor at Westminster College in the fall of 2012. This past fall, Timm placed 1st in Musical Theatre and 2nd in Classical music at the Tri-State Area NATS Competition. Timm was also just nominated for the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival for her performance as Rosalind (As You Like It).
Jim France (Fulton Taylor) spent most of his life in the hospitality industry, specifically hotels and resorts, working in major properties in the United States, Canada, Norway, England, Switzerland, Germany and France. Jim originated the role of Fulton Taylor in Indiana in 2010 and this summer will be his fourth season playing it, this time "in the round."
Derek Brookens (Dylan Bennet) escaped from Port Allegany, Pa., and is thrilled to be a part of this summer's cast! In the fall, Brookens will be returning to Ohio Northern University for his senior year as a Muscial Theatre major.
Meredith Kochan (Alyson Cairns) is a senior Musical Theater major at Kent State University.