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In this debut episode, artists Alexis Gordon, Lisa Horner, Robert Markus, and Andrew Scanlon perform some of their favourite songs and chat with host Alex Mustakas about their life and work in the theatre industry. The Great Community Talent Search kicks off with the first contestant Emma Reynolds of Penetanguishene. Plus, Neil Aitchison (a.k.a. Constable Archibald F. Inkster) pops by to make audiences laugh with the Smile of the Day, and funnyman Wade Lynch makes a royal appearance. Get your “Backstage Pass,” and join us from the comfort of your home for this fun-filled episode packed with enlightening conversations, engaging performances, and a few surprises.
Appearing in this Episode(In alphabetical order)
Drayton Entertainment: Godspell. Other theatre (select): Ma in North American premiere of Emma Donoghue’s Room (Grand Theatre/Mirvish); Charley’s Aunt, Brigadoon, Rope (Shaw Festival); Hook Up (Theatre Passe Muraille/Tapestry); Coriolanus, The Tempest, Guys & Dolls, A Little Night Music, Carousel, The Sound of Music (Stratford Festival); Mary Poppins, A Christmas Carol (Grand Theatre), Sunday in the Park With George (TIFT), The Gravitational Pull of Bernice Trimble (Factory/Obsidian); Obeah Opera (Nightwood); Starbright Christmas, Canada Sings, Godspell (Victoria Petrolia Playhouse); A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Driftwood). Awards: Banks Prize for Emerging Artists (Musical Stage Co). Education: BFA Acting, University of Windsor. Alexis was born and raised in London, Ontario.
Drayton Entertainment: She Loves Me, Little Me, 9 to 5, How the Other Half Loves, and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee. Other theatre: MMe Thenardier in Les Misérables, Miss Gulch/Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, and Kinky Boots (Mirvish Productions). Lisa is also known as the IKEA Lady from the 'Start The Car!' commercial … Currently Lisa is in Come From Away at the Royal Alexandra Theatre in Toronto playing Beulah.
Drayton Entertainment: Twist and Shout: The British Invasion, Chicago. Other theatre: Evan in Dear Evan Hansen (Mirvish Productions). Why We Tell the Story, Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Show, Tommy in The Who’s Tommy, as well as roles in The Music Man and Fiddler on the Roof (Stratford Festival), Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat (Theatre Aquarius), and appeared in productions at The Shaw Festival, Young People’s Theatre, Grand Theatre, Theatre Calgary, Citadel Theatre, Ross Petty Productions, and The Musical Stage Company. Film/TV: If I Only Had Christmas (Hallmark). Instagram: @rbjmarkus Web: www.robertmarkus.com
Drayton Entertainment: Les Misérables, The Drowsy Chaperone, Out of Order, Kings & Queens of Country, Man of La Mancha, Rocky: The Musical, You'll Get Used to It ... The War Show, Snow White: The Panto, Sleeping Beauty: The Panto. Andrew was a member of the Original Canadian Company and US National Tour of the Tony-winning Kinky Boots. Over 20 years as a proud Equity member, he has appeared on stages across Canada, highlighted by productions at The Grand, The Globe, Neptune, Theatre Aquarius and Stage West. This past fall, Andrew directed Stealing Sam by Steven Gallagher at Alberta Theatre Projects. Heartfelt thanks to Alex and the entire Drayton family. With love to Darcy.
Alex Mustakas (Host)
Drayton Entertainment: Alex has directed over 100 productions for Drayton Entertainment and other theatre companies across Canada including Rocky: The Musical, Kings & Queens of Country, Rock of Ages, Million Dollar Quartet, Beauty and the Beast, the world premiere of Marathon of Hope, Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Spamalot, Les Misérables, Twist & Shout and more. Alex holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from City University in London, England, and an Honorary Doctorate from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Media & Entertainment, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Maggie Bassett Award from Theatre Ontario, and the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal.
Neil Aitchison (Constable Archibald F. Inkster)
Drayton Entertainment: Canada 151: Better Late Than Sorry, Canadian Legends, Sorry ... I'm Canadian, Canadian Toonie, Canadian Loonie, Bending the Bows. A former radio personality, Neil was also the CTV Romper Room Santa for 14 seasons. He is currently a construction executive, as well as a sought-after speaker. He is an avid community builder, and the recipient of The Waterloo Award (2015), The Citizen of the Year Award (2016), and the Queen’s Golden/Diamond Jubilee Medals (2002/2012). Born in Harriston, Neil was the first graduate of Conestoga College, and now lives in Waterloo with his first wife, Helen, whom he thanks for her unwavering support of his wacky lifestyle. This show is dedicated to Neil’s four favourite grandchildren Patrick, Rebecca, Tanner and Brier.
Wade Lynch (A Royal Minute)
Drayton Entertainment: Annie, Hairspray, The Music Man, The Last Resort, Director/Little Big Man in A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, Director for Look, No Hans!, Tony in Shear Madness, Sancho in Man of La Mancha. Other theatre: Director for Anne of Green Gables, Dear Johnny Deere, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Stones in His Pockets (Charlottetown Festival); Playwright/Director for On the Road with Dutch Mason (Charlottetown, Bishop’s); Director for Speech & Debate, L’Affaire Tartuffe, Seven Stories (Bishop’s University); Director for I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change (Segal Centre); Professor in 2 Monkeys, 1 Grape (Centaur).
Steve Lavoie (Accompanist)
Drayton Entertainment: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, 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
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