Backstage Pass

Episode 2

Airs Online Sunday, February 6

In this episode, artists Patrick R. Brown, Gabrielle Jones, Lee MacDougall, and Danielle Wade 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 continues with the second contestant Faridhusen Mansuri of Guelph. 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.

Sneak Peek Photos

Lee MacDougall performing in Backstage Pass
Photo credit: Lee MacDougall
Gabrielle Jones performing in Backstage Passs
Photo credit: Alex Mustakas and Gabrielle Jones
Alex Mustakas and Patrick R. Brown in Backstage Pass
Photo credit: Alex Mustakas and Patrick R. Brown
Neil Aitchison performing in Backstage Pass
Photo credit: Neil Aitchison

Appearing in this Episode

(In alphabetical order)

Patrick R. Brown Patrick R. Brown
Drayton Entertainment: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, The 39 Steps, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Dial M for Murder, Moon Over Buffalo (Director). Other theatre (selected): Jafar in Aladdin, Scar in The Lion King (Broadway/National Tour/Singapore), Legally Blonde, Baskerville … (Stage West Calgary), The Man Who Came to Dinner, She Loves Me, Caesar & Cleopatra, Easy Virtue, A Foggy Day, On the 20th Century, The Chocolate Soldier (Shaw), The Drowsy Chaperone (MTC), Bach At Leipzig (Theatre Athena), A Christmas Carol (Theatre Calgary), My Fair Lady (ATP).

Gabrielle Jones Gabrielle Jones
Drayton Entertainment: ELF: The Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Miracle Worker, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Birds & The Bees, The Drowsy Chaperone, Harvest, The Ladies Foursome, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Sexy Laundry. Other theatre (select): You Can't Stop the Beat, Romeo and Juliet, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, Oedipus Rex, The Boyfriend (Stratford); Holiday Inn, Cherry Orchard, Follies, A Little Night Music, Mack and Mabel, Gypsy, Tristan (Shaw); Beside Myself (Foster Festival); Les Belles Soeurs: The Musical (Theatre Calgary); The Audience (Mirvish); The Sound of Music (Aquarius); Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Drowsy Chaperone (Vancouver Playhouse); Mamma Mia!, Les Miserables (Canada/US Tours). 

Lee MacDougall Lee MacDougall
Drayton Entertainment: 'Art', Rocky: The Musical, Twelve Angry Men, Footloose, Brigadoon, On Golden Pond, The Odd Couple, The Foursome, Wild Guys. Other theatre (selected): Nick/Doug in Come From Away (Broadway/Toronto/Washington D.C./Seattle/La Jolla Playhouse), The Louder We Get, (Theatre Calgary), The Cowardly Lion in The Wizard of Oz, Harry in Mamma Mia!, Smokey in Damn Yankees (Mirvish), Stratford Festival, Shaw Festival, and many theatres across Canada. As a Playwright: High Life, The Ginkgo Tree, Who Has Seen the Wind, Resistance. As a Director: All Shook Up (Drayton Entertainment, Stage West), Rope’s End (Blyth Festival), Glory Days (Theatre Aquarius).

Danielle Wade Danielle Wade
Drayton Entertainment: Natalie Haller in All Shook Up, Narrator in Joseph …, Cinderella in Cinderella: The Panto, Ariel Moore in Footloose, Sophie Sheridan in Mamma Mia!, Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables. Other theatre: Cinderella in Cinderella (Ross Petty Productions), Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (Mirvish Productions/U.S. National Tour), Janet Van de Graaf in The Drowsy Chaperone, Cinderella in Into The Woods, and Elle Woods in Legally Blonde. Danielle is so happy to be back with Drayton Entertainment! Lots of love to all. XOXO. Instagram: @daniewade.



Alex Mustakas 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 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 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 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

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