Annie

Artist Bios

The Cast

Ashley Aarts (Pepper) Ashley Aarts (Pepper)
Drayton Entertainment: Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, HONK!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Anne of Green Gables. Other theatre: Cinderella, The Addams Family (Stratford Community Players), Beauty and the Beast (Open Mike Theatre). Ashley has spent the last 12 years dancing and singing and has won many overall competitive dance awards with Dance Aarts Academy. Ashley would like to wish everyone in the cast a fantastic run and thank her family for all of their support!


 

Grace Aarts (Molly)

Grace Aarts (Molly)
Drayton Entertainment: Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto. Other theatre: The Addams Family (Stratford Community Players), Beauty and the Beast (Open Mike Theatre). Grace has spent the last nine years dancing and singing and has won many overall competitive dance awards with Dance Aarts Academy. Grace would like to thank her family for all their support and can’t wait for the show to begin!


 

 

Brooke Bauer (Tessie) Brook Bauer (Tessie) 
Drayton Entertainment: The Miracle Worker, HONK!, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Marathon of Hope: The Musical, Aladdin: The Panto, Snow White: The Panto, Les Misérables, Peter Pan: The Panto, Oliver!, Annie, The Wizard of Oz. Brooke is thrilled to be back on stage with Drayton Entertainment performing in one of her all-time favourite musicals. Brooke would like to thank David, Alex, and the entire team at Drayton Entertainment. She is also grateful to her family for their love and support. Enjoy the show!


 

Jeremy Carver-James (Dog Catcher/Bert Healy/Wacky/Howe/Ensemble) Jeremy Carver-James (Dog Catcher/Bert Healy/Wacky/Howe/Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment: Rocky: The Musical, Ghost: The Musical, Hairspray, Joseph…, Red Rock Diner. Other theatre (selected): Shrek (Globe Theatre), Pure ‘90s, ‘80s Solid Gold 2 (Stage West Calgary), Sweet Charity, Pygmalion, The Next Whiskey Bar, Cabaret, The Light in the Piazza, Guys and Dolls, Ragtime (Shaw), You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown (Alberta Theatre), Porgy and Bess (Opera de Montréal). Jeremy graduated from the Voice Performance Program at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. A special thanks to my friends, family, colleagues and The Talent House for their continued support. It’s a joy to return to the Drayton Entertainment family! Twitter/Instagram: @jcarverjames
 

Vanessa Cobham (Mrs. Greer/Ensemble) Vanessa Cobham (Mrs. Greer/Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment: Rocky: The Musical, Hairspray, Sister Act, Little Shop of Horrors, South Pacific. Other theatre: The Lion King (Mirvish), Sister Act (Rainbow Stage), Hairspray (Port Hope), Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (Theatre Aquarius), ELF: The Musical (Theatre Aquarius). Film/TV: A Simple Favor (Lionsgate), Heroes Reborn (NBC), Man Seeking Woman (FX), Hairspray (New Line Cinema), and Warehouse 13 (SYFY). Vanessa is very excited to be back with Drayton Entertainment. Vanessa would like to thank her family for always supporting her career. Instagram: @vanessacobham

 

Eric Da Costa  (Assistant Dog Catcher/ Jimmy Johnson/Ickes/ Justice Brandeis/Ensemble) Eric Da Costa (Assistant Dog Catcher/Jimmy Johnson/Ickes/Justice Brandeis/Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment: HONK!, Doc in Snow White: The Panto, Smee in Peter Pan: The Panto. Other theatre: Key Change (Globe Theatre Regina), Hollywood Hits (Stage West Calgary), Malcolm in The Full Monty (KWMP). Eric is a graduate of the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA). He is also a voice coach and has worked with Drayton Entertainment's Youth Musical Theatre Program for the past three years. Eric is thrilled to be back on stage with Drayton Entertainment. Huge thanks to Alex, David, the entire cast and crew, and family and friends for their constant encouragement and support.

 

Riley DeLuca (Annie) Riley DeLuca (Annie)
Drayton Entertainment: Cinderella: The Panto, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Other theatre: A Christmas Carol (The Grand Theatre), Anne of Green Gables (London Community Players), Defying Gravity (Musical Theatre Productions), Willy Wonka, Annie (AK Arts Academy), Jack and the Beanstalk (Elgin Theatre Guild). Film: Nova: Prime, The Glee Diaries (AK Arts Academy). Riley is grateful to her family and friends for their love and support and would like to thank Drayton Entertainment for giving her this amazing experience. @rld_drama

 

Jacquelyn French (Lily St. Regis) Jacquelyn French (Lily St. Regis)
Drayton Entertainment: Rocky: The Musical, Shear Madness. Other theatre: Hodel in Fiddler on the Roof, The Pirates of Penzance, Elektra, Romeo and Juliet (Stratford Festival), Dora Nomination for her role as Clara in The Light in the Piazza (Acting Up Stage), Bernadette in The Boys in The Photograph (Mirvish/MTC). Film/TV: Female inmate in Alias Grace (CBC/Netflix), Jazza Gal on Schitt’s Creek (CBC/Netflix), The Handmaid’s Tale (MGM/Hulu). Born and raised in Newfoundland, Jacquelyn relocated to Ontario and trained at Sheridan College, Oakville, in the Music Theatre Performance Program. Love to Trevor, my Mom and Dad, and my Newfoundland and Toronto families. I hope you enjoy the show.
 

Kalie Hunter (Annette/Boylan Sister) Kalie Hunter (Annette/Boylan Sister)
Drayton Entertainment: Cinderella: The Panto, Joseph…. Other theatre (selected): Robin Hood Panto, S’narled (Capitol), Spamalot (Stage West), Tantomile in CATS (Panasonic), White Christmas (MTC), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Beauty and the Beast (Theatre Calgary/Citadel), Silverseas Cruise Lines. Film/TV (selected): Shazam, Star Trek, Suicide Squad, 11/22/63, State Like Sleep, Pay the Ghost, Seasons 1 & 2 of The Strain, One Starry Night, Bang Bang Baby, Tiny Dancer, The Ron James Show, Nikita. Kalie is a graduate of the School of Alberta Ballet/University of Calgary. Love and thanks to her family and da Costa. Kalie is Co-Owner of Metro Movement in Toronto. Instagram: @metromovement @kaliehunternero www.metromovement.com
 

Jacob James (Lt. Ward/FDR/Ensemble) Jacob James (Lt. Ward/FDR/Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment: Assistant Director: 39 Steps. Performer: Look No Hans, The Men’s Foursome, Office Hours, Out of Order. Seven seasons with the Stratford Festival, five seasons with Thousand Islands Playhouse, five seasons with Videocabaret, two seasons with Globe Theatre Regina, Soulpepper, Theatre Aquarius, Neptune Theatre, Theatre Kingston, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinnati Playhouse, New York Shakespeare Exchange, Magnus Theatre. Film/TV: TURN: Washington’s Spies (AMC), Fireman Sam (DHX), The Martian Chronicles (BBC). Jacob has taught Shakespeare and Acting at universities across Canada and the US for over 15 years. Graduate of National Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory, Second City Conservatory.
 

Dani Jazzar (Apple Seller/ Sound Effects Man/ Morganthau/Ensemble) Dani Jazzar (Apple Seller/Sound Effects Man/Morganthau/Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment: Rocky: The Musical, Man of La Mancha, Bernardo in West Side Story, Joey Primo in Rock of Ages, The Pirates of Penzance, UPS Guy in Legally Blonde, Spamalot, Peter Pan, 9 to 5: The Musical, Robin Hood, Oklahoma!, Cinderella. Other theatre: Cabaret, Bernardo in West Side Story (Vancouver/Calgary/Edmonton), Rum Tum Tugger in CATS (Stirling), Snow White, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Peter Pan (Ross Petty), Jesus Christ Superstar (Calgary), Saturday Night Fever (Germany), Fame (U.K). Film/TV: Designated Survivor (ABC), Taken (NBC), The Strain (FX), Traitor (Overture Films), The Love Guru (Paramount), Mirror Mirror (Fox), Once Upon a Mattress (ABC). Love to Chris, Eddie, and Leo.
 

Susan JohnstonCollins (Sophie/Mrs. Pugh/ Perkins/Ensemble) Susan JohnstonCollins (Sophie/Mrs. Pugh/Perkins/Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Maria in Man of La Mancha, Sister Mary Patrick in Sister Act, Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Liz in The Last Resort. Other theatre (selected): Gail in The Birds & The Bees, Marilla Cuthbert/Rachel Lynde in Anne of Green Gables, Olive Madison in The Female Odd Couple. Working alongside such dear and talented friends is going to be fantastic! Heartfelt thanks to David, Bruce and Alex for your continuing trust and friendship and to my ‘Love and Light’ Jeff for our amazing life together. I hope the charming and inspiring story we share tonight will help to bring peace and healing to our troubled world. Enjoy!.
 

Sandrine Lessard-Blais  (Star to Be/Boylan Sister/ Ensemble)) Sandrine Lessard-Blais (Star to Be/Boylan Sister/Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Sandrine is a recent graduate of the Randolph College for the Performing Arts. Thanks to my parents for their endless support and love. Instagram: @sandrine.amelie





 

Wade Lynch (Rooster Hannigan) Wade Lynch (Rooster Hannigan)
Drayton Entertainment: Hairspray, The Music Man, The Last Resort, Director/Little Big Man for A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, Director for Look, No Hans!, Tony in Shear Madness, Johnny Angel in Suds, Sancho in Man of La Mancha. Other theatre: Director for Anne of Green Gables, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Stones in His Pockets (Charlottetown Festival), Lewicki in Mrs. Parliament’s Night Out (Neptune Theatre), Playwright/Director for On the Road with Dutch Mason (Charlottetown, Bishop's University), Director for Seven Stories (Bishop's University), Director for I Love You You're Perfect Now Change (Segal Centre), The Professor in Two Monkeys One Grape Workshop (Centaur Theatre). Wade reminds you, "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile!"
 

Thom Marriott (Oliver Warbucks) Thom Marriott (Oliver Warbucks)
Drayton Entertainment: The Rainmaker, Death of a Salesman. Other theatre: Chariots of Fire (Grand), The Philadelphia Story (Calgary), A Streetcar Named Desire (Grand), Saint Joan (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), A Christmas Carol (Citadel). Shaw Festival: 9 seasons including Mrs. Warren’s Profession, Misalliance, A Doctor’s Dilemma, Born Yesterday, Wonderful Town. Stratford Festival: 8 seasons including Bottom in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, York in Henry VI, Duke Vincentio in Measure for Measure, Toby Belch in Twelfth Night, Gower in Pericles. Film/TV: Star Trek: Discovery, Salvation (CBS), Impulse (NBC/Universal), The Good Witch (Hallmark), Designated Survivor (Netflix), Murdoch Mysteries, Republic of Doyle (CBC), Suits (USA).
 

Rachel McClymont (Duffy) Rachel McClymont (Duffy)
Drayton Entertainment: Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, The Little Mermaid, Cinderella: The Panto, HONK!, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Aladdin: The Panto, Snow White: The Panto, Peter Pan: The Panto. Rachel is thrilled to be a part of another incredible production with Drayton Entertainment. Many thanks to Alex, David, and the entire Drayton Entertainment team for this incredible opportunity. More thanks to my incredible parents, brother, and family for the constant love and support!


 

Dan Payne (Bundles/Drake/ Radio Voice Over/ Hull/Ensemble) Dan Payne (Bundles/Drake/Radio Voice Over/Hull/Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment: Rocky: The Musical, Captain of the Inquisition in Man of La Mancha, Ronnie in Out of Order, Dennis in Rock of Ages (Casino Niagara), Ted in The Men’s Foursome, Trent in The Last Resort, E.J. in Harvey. Projections: Rock of Ages, Les Misérables, Big Band Legends, Mary Poppins, Legends of Harmony. Other theatre: Mitchell in Murder at the Howard Johnson’s, Harvest (Theatre Baddeck), Charles in Charles Dickens Writes A Christmas Carol (Lost & Found), Ed in The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas (Pheasant Run), Director for The Full Monty (KWMP). Director and Master of Ceremonies for Medieval Times Toronto. Dan enjoys spending time with Timea, Ariel and Zach.
 

Glynis Ranney (Miss Hannigan) Glynis Ranney (Miss Hannigan)
Drayton Entertainment: Out of Order, The Drowsy Chaperone, Anne of Green Gables. Other theatre: Eight seasons with the Shaw Festival: Mack and Mabel, Tristan, The Constant Wife, Coronation Voyage, Happy End, Floyd Collins, Easy Virtue. Elsewhere: The Mikado, HMS Pinafore, The Sound of Music (Stratford), Sunday in the Park with George (TIFT), London Road, The House of Martin Guerre (Canadian Stage), Falsettos (Musical Stage Company), Side by Side by Sondheim (Grand), Anything That Moves (Tarragon, Dora Award), A Streetcar Named Desire (ATF), The Glass Menagerie (PTE), Blithe Spirit (Aquarius). When not acting, she can be found raising her son in Stratford with her husband, actor, Mike Nadajewski.  
 

Cynthia Smithers (Grace Farrell) Cynthia Smithers (Grace Farrell)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Diana Morales in A Chorus Line, Martha in Guys and Dolls, HMS Pinafore, A Little Night Music, The Sound of Music, Carousel (Stratford Festival), Sophie in Mamma Mia! (Neptune Theatre), 2nd Hunter/4th Nymph in Acteon, Amore in L’Incoronatione di Poppea, 3rd Spirit in The Magic Flute, eight seasons with the Artists of Atelier Ballet (Opera Atelier), The Sound of Music (Theatre Aquarius). Graduate of the University of Toronto (B. Music, M. Musicology). Cynthia is overjoyed to be making her Drayton Entertainment debut – a dream she has had for over a decade! Thanks to friends and family for your support and patience!
 

Robin Warwick (Cecile/Usherette/ Boylan Sister/Ensemble) Robin Warwick (Cecile/Usherette/Boylan Sister/Ensemble)
Cinderella: The Panto, Hairspray, Death of a Salesman, Aladdin: The Panto. Other theatre: Featured Singer (Royal Caribbean International), K.C. Downing in My Favorite Year, Elizabeth Bennet in Pride and Prejudice (RAPA). Robin is a proud graduate of Randolph Academy for the Performing Arts. When not on stage, she is a private voice, piano and dance teacher. Thanks to Mom, Dad and Phil for being a constant positive force, and to my husband Alex for making this journey with me. www.robinwarwick.com @robin.l.warwick


 

Charlie (Paulie) Charlie (Sandy)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Charlie The Wonderdawg was born in Drayton three years ago and has dreamt of performing on a Drayton Entertainment Stage ever since. The pivotal dream role of Sandy marks the cockapoo’s theatrical debut. He’d like to thank his honorary aunts and uncles, fairy dog parents, adoring kids, trainer Jess and especially Riley (a.k.a. Annie) for helping him bring more love into the world. Instagram: @charliethewonderdawg



The Creative Team

David Connolly (Director & Choreographer) David Connolly (Director & Choreographer)
Drayton Entertainment: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Hairspray, HONK!, Lucky Stiff, Singin’ in the Rain, Cinderella: The Panto, Red Rock Diner, Mamma Mia!, Aladdin: The Panto, Snow White: The Panto, Peter Pan: The Panto, Legally Blonde, High School Musical, Miss Saigon, Crazy For You. Other theatre: Footloose, First Wives Club, Plaid Tidings, The King and I, Anne of Green Gables. TV: The Moblees, Andrew Lloyd Webberʼs How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria?, The Doodlebops. David is a Premier of Ontario Award of Excellence recipient. Thank you to Alex and the Drayton Entertainment family.

 

Michael Lerner (Music Director) Michael Lerner (Music Director)
Drayton Entertainment: Rocky: The Musical, Rock of Ages (Casino Niagara), Footloose, Twist and Shout: The British Invasion, Legally Blonde, Annie, Dance Legends, Cotton Patch Gospel. Other theatre (selected): Cinderella, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, A Christmas Carol, The Wizard of Oz (Ross Petty Productions), The Sound of Music, Freaky Friday (Theatre Aquarius), Guys and Dolls (Shaw Festival), The Wizard of Oz (Grand Theatre), The Producers, Fiddler on the Roof (Stage West), Oliver!, Victor/Victoria (Stirling Festival). Michael also enjoys composing and teaching. He lives in Toronto with his loves, Rachael and Gabriel. Thanks to The Talent House for their continued support!
 

Jean Claude Olivier (Set Designer) Jean Claude Olivier (Set Designer)
Drayton Entertainment:Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Joseph…, Cinderella: The Panto, Aladdin: The Panto, Anne of Green Gables, Snow White: The Panto, Peter Pan, Oliver!, Annie and more. Other theatre: Seussical (Aquarius), Cinderella (Ross Petty). A graduate of McGill University and the National Theatre School of Canada, Jean Claude has worked as a Scenic Artist and Set Designer across Canada for over 30 years. His work is often seen in Vancouver, for the Dunbar, Gateway, T.U.T.S., and Royal City Musical Theatre organizations. Awards: Ovation Award (2006 Best Scenic Design, Peter Pan, RCMT), 2006 Jessie Award nomination for Peter Pan (RCMT), Ovation Award (2008 Best Scenic Design, The Drowsy Chaperone, National Arts Centre/Vancouver Playhouse).
 

Rachel Berchtold (Costume Designer) Rachel Berchtold (Costume Designer)
Drayton Entertainment(selected): Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Holiday Inn, The Drowsy Chaperone, Beauty and the Beast, HONK!, Million Dollar Quartet, Joseph…, Sister Act, Cinderella, Anything Goes, Mamma Mia!, Aladdin: The Panto, Anne of Green Gables, The Music Man, Snow White, The Wizard of Oz, Les Misérables, Mary Poppins, and many more. Other theatre: Million Dollar Quartet (Stage West/Mirvish), Aladdin (Silver Mist), The King and I, Crazy For You, Can-Can, Big: The Musical(Theatre Under the Stars), My Favorite Year, Pride and Prejudice, Cyrano de Bergerac, Our Town, NINE, Nunsense, Into The Woods (Randolph). Many thanks to Alex and Jenine. This one is for my family.
 

Wendy Lundgren (Lighting Designer) Wendy Lundgren (Lighting Designer)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre (selected): Wendy’s designs can be seen across the country including The Stratford Festival, Pacific Opera Victoria, The Grand Theatre, Theatre Aquarius, Belfry Theatre, Globe Theatre, Persephone Theatre, Lighthouse Festival Theatre, and Theatre Orangeville. Wendy has been nominated for both Dora and SATA Awards for Outstanding Lighting Design. Film/TV: Zombies (Disney TV), Rocky Horror Picture Show 2016 (Fox TV). Thank you to all my family and friends who continue to support me in this theatre life I love so much. Marcus, I can’t imagine this crazy adventure without you!

 

Laurel Oneil (Stage Manager) Laurel Oneil (Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Select credits include: BOOM X (Theatre Calgary/Manitoba Theatre Centre), BOOM (Theatre Calgary/Thousand Islands Playhouse), Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde, Rock of Ages, Avenue Q, The Producers, Game Show, The 39 Steps, Chicago, Spamalot, Young Frankenstein, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story (Stage West Calgary). Laurel has also taught stage management at the University of Lethbridge. She would like to thank her family and friends for their unending love and support.


 

Sadie Wannamaker (Assistant Stage Manager) Sadie Wannamaker (Assistant Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment: Rocky: The Musical, Holiday Inn, The Drowsy Chaperone, Joseph…, Cinderella: The Panto, Footloose, The Men’s Foursome, Little Shop of Horrors, Snow White: The Panto, Les Misérables, White Christmas, Mary Poppins, Sleuth, Tap Dogs, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (North American Tour), Camelot (North American Tour), Shear Madness, Fiddler on the Roof, The Pirates of Penzance, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. Other theatre: British Invasion (Stage West), Sword and the Stone (Theatre Orangeville), The Neverending Story (Roseneath: YPT/NYU Tour). Sadie is glad to be in her 20th season with Drayton Entertainment. She would like to pass on love to her family for all of their support.
 

Stephanie Bignell (Apprentice Stage Manager) Stephanie Bignell (Apprentice Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment: Rocky: The Musical, Holiday Inn, Sexy Laundry. Stephanie is a graduate of Fanshawe College. She is thrilled to be back working with Drayton Entertainment this season. Thank you to Alex for the opportunity, and to her friends and family for all their love and support!
 




 

Megan Alfano (Assistant Choreographer) Megan Alfano (Assistant Choreographer)
Drayton Entertainment: Seussical and Fame with the Drayton Entertainment Youth Musical Theatre Program. Other theatre (selected): Colours in the Storm, Ring of Fire, The Addams Family, Legally Blonde (Grand Theatre), Matilda, School of Rock, Into the Woods (OKTC). Megan is an Associate Professor at Fanshawe College with the Theatre Arts Program. She is also a teacher and choreographer in the London area. She has been on staff with Drayton Entertainment's Youth Musical Theatre Program since its first season. A big thank you to Alex Mustakas, David Connolly, and Drayton Entertainment. Lots of love to my husband, Dave, and daughter, Zoë.

The Band

Michael Lerner (Music Director) Michael Lerner (Music Director)
Drayton Entertainment: Rocky: The Musical, Rock of Ages (Casino Niagara), Footloose, Twist and Shout: The British Invasion, Legally Blonde, Annie, Dance Legends, Cotton Patch Gospel. Other theatre (selected): Cinderella, Peter Pan, Sleeping Beauty, A Christmas Carol, The Wizard of Oz (Ross Petty Productions), The Sound of Music, Freaky Friday (Theatre Aquarius), Guys and Dolls (Shaw Festival), The Wizard of Oz (Grand Theatre), The Producers, Fiddler on the Roof (Stage West), Oliver!, Victor/Victoria (Stirling Festival). Michael also enjoys composing and teaching. He lives in Toronto with his loves, Rachael and Gabriel. Thanks to The Talent House for their continued support!
 

Mike Allen (Guitar) Mike Allen (Guitar)
Drayton Entertainment: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Man of La Mancha, Cinderella: The Panto, Marathon of Hope: The Musical, All Shook Up, Mamma Mia!, Chicago, Jasper Station. Other theatre: West Side Story (WSO), Mamma Mia! (Aquarius), Saturday Night Fever (NorthCore), The Lion King, Lord of the Rings, Show Boat, Sunset Boulevard, Jesus Christ Superstar, Joseph…, Fiddler on the Roof, Rat Pack, The Last Five Years, Legally Blonde, Dreamgirls, The Full Monty, CATS. Recordings with CBC, John McDermott, Swingstep, Rob Roy, Colours in the Storm. He has performed with the Toronto, Kitchener-Waterloo, and Windsor Orchestras, The Nylons, and Patti Page. A big thanks to Drayton Entertainment!
 

Howard Gaul (Drums/Percussion) Howard Gaul (Drums/Percussion)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Rocky: The Musical, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Ghost, Canada 151, The Drowsy Chaperone, Rock of Ages, Joseph…, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Sister Act, Marathon of Hope, Smokey Joe’s Café, Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Canadian Legends, Little Shop of Horrors, Snow White: The Panto, Footloose, Twist & Shout, Legally Blonde, Peter Pan, Spamalot, Evita, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (North American Tour). Other theatre: Mamma Mia!, Ring of Fire (Grand), The Full Monty (Moonpath). Howard has played, toured and recorded in many musical settings including with The Henrys and award-winning jazz group The Heillig Manoeuvre. Thanks to Alex and the Drayton Entertainment family for a knockout season of great theatre.
 

Steve Lavoie (Keys II) Steve Lavoie (Keys II)
Drayton Entertainment: Canada 151, Hairspray. Other theatre (selected): Sister Act (CCMP), Dogfight (First Act), Evita, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Man of La Mancha, Damn Yankees, Spamalot, Sweeney Todd, Urinetown, The Who’s Tommy (Scarborough Music Theatre), Les Misérables, Ragtime (Etobicoke Musical Productions). In addition to music directing, Steve is an audition and rehearsal accompanist with over 20 years of experience. He has accompanied over 50 shows in and around the Toronto area. Find him online on YouTube or visit www.theaccidentalaccompanist.com.

 

Junior Riggan (Bass) Junior Riggan (Bass)
Drayton Entertainment: Rocky: The Musical, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Hairspray, Rock of Ages, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cinderella: The Panto, Footloose, Little Shop of Horrors, Aladdin: The Panto, Anne of Green Gables, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. Other theatre: Mamma Mia! (Grand Theatre), Yorkville: The Musical (Blyth), Now and Forever, a diva spectacular…, 9 to 5: The Musical (St. Lawrence College). Junior has toured and recorded with many award-winning artists including Susan Aglukark, Beverley Mahood, Bobby Wills, The Toronto Mass Choir and Lucky Peterson. Musical theatre has quickly become my favorite form of artistry. Thank you to Alex and the wonderful Drayton Entertainment family for helping me to realize my dream.