Backstage Pass

Episode 4

Airs Online Sunday, February 20

In this episode, artists David Connolly, David Cotton, J. Sean Elliott, and Sara-Jeanne Hosie, perform some of their favourite songs or scenes and chat with host Alex Mustakas about their life and work in the theatre industry. The Great Community Talent Search continues with the fourth contestant Malia Dilana Afonso of Leamington. 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

David Cotton performing in Backstage Pass
Photo credit: David Cotton
J. Sean Elliott performing in Backstage Passs
Photo credit: J. Sean Elliott
David Connolly performing in Backstage Pass
Photo credit: Alex Mustakas and David Connolly
Sara-Jeanne Hosie performing in Backstage Pass
Photo credit: Sara-Jeanne Hosie

Appearing in this Episode

(In alphabetical order)

David Connolly David Connolly
Drayton Entertainment: Back Home for the Holidays, Kinky Boots, Sleeping Beauty: The Panto, Annie, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Disney’s Newsies, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Hairspray, HONK!, Lucky Stiff, Singin’ in the Rain, Cinderella: The Panto, Red Rock Diner, Mamma Mia!, Aladdin: The Panto, Peter Pan: The Panto, Legally Blonde, High School Musical, Miss Saigon, and Crazy For You. David holds an Honours Bachelor Degree in Musical Theatre and is a recipient of the Ontario Premier's Award of Excellence and The Waterloo Region Arts Award for Lifetime Achievement.


David Cotton David Cotton
Drayton Entertainment: Danny in Grease, Tony in West Side Story, Link in Hairspray, Chad in All Shook Up, Chuck in Footloose, Marius in Les Misérables, Prince Eric in Disney's The Little Mermaid, Troy in High School Musical, 9 to 5, Shear Madness, National Tours of Godspell and Camelot. Other theatre: Sky in Mamma Mia!, Baptiste in Evangeline, Mr. Philips in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown), Pharaoh in Joseph … (Aquarius), Gaston in Beauty and the Beast (Capitol), Warner in Legally Blonde (Neptune), Cliff in Cabaret (Rose), Joseph in Joseph … (Stage West), Jack in Snow White (Ross Petty). David is thankful for his wife, son, and puppy, and sends his love to his family, and The Talent House Gang.

J. Sean Elliott J. Sean Elliott
Drayton Entertainment: 12 Angry Men, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Kings & Queens of Country, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Million Dollar Quartet, Marathon of Hope, The Odd Couple, The Affections of May, Murder at the Best Western, Moon Over Buffalo, Fiddler on the Roof, Anything Goes, Me and My Girl. Other theatre: Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival), Mamma Mia! (Stage West Calgary), Rob Roy (Edinburgh Festival). Film/TV: Anne (2018), Murdoch Mysteries (2015). Love and gratitude to Alex Mustakas and all the fabulous Drayton Entertainment folks who have made Drayton a home away from home for so many actors for so many years!

Sara-Jeanne Hosie Sara-Jeanne Hosie
Drayton Entertainment: Director for Out of Order, All Shook Up, Vaudeville, Damn Yankees. Other theatre (select): Anne, Mamma Mia! (Charlottetown Festival), two seasons as the villain in Ross Petty’s Pantos (Elgin Theatre), Into the Woods (Neptune), Wild Party (Musical Stage Co.), The 25th Annual … (Belfry), Chicago (Mayfield), Fun Home, Mary Poppins, Les Misérables (Arts Club). Director and Choreographer: A Little Night Music, Man of La Mancha, Private Lives (Stratford Festival), Kiss of the Spider Woman (Eclipse), My Fair Lady (Bluebridge), Buddy Holly (Chemainus), Godspell, Altar Boyz, SUDS (Arts Club).



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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