Backstage Pass

Episode 5

Airs Online Sunday, February 27

In this episode, artists Shayla Brown, Mark Cassius, Charlotte Moore, and Brad Rudy 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 fifth contestants Adam Rigby & Cayleigh Lennox of Dundas. 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

Charlotte Moore performing in Backstage Pass
Photo credit: Charlotte Moore
Brad Rudy performing in Backstage Passs
Photo credit: Brad Rudy
Shayla Brown performing in Backstage Pass
Photo credit: Shayla Brown
Mark Cassius performing in Backstage Pass
Photo credit: Mark Cassius

Appearing in this Episode

(In alphabetical order)

Shayla Brown Shayla Brown
Drayton Entertainment: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Other theatre: The Little Mermaid, Band together, The Jazz Age, The Brothers Grimm (Georgian Bay SS), Snow White Panto (Village Players of Coldwater). Film/TV: Women Talking (Orion Pict./Sarah Polley), SEE (Chernin Entertainment).


Mark Cassius Mark Cassius
Drayton Entertainment: Dance Legends, Damn Yankees, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Sweet Charity. Other theatre: Original company of Ragtime, revival of Jesus Christ Superstar, Shenandoah (Broadway); Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Miss Saigon, Showboat, and Cats. He has also been a featured performer at both the Shaw and Stratford Festivals. A graduate of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance program, Mark is a widely sought-after Music Theatre Performance instructor and is acquiring a Masters in Music Composition from York University. From 1997-2005, Mark was a member of the a cappella group, The Nylons.

Charlotte Moore Charlotte Moore
Drayton Entertainment: HONK!, Lucky Stiff, Marathon of Hope, Footloose, Damn Yankees, Carousel, Miss Hannigan in Annie, Mrs. Johnstone in Blood Brothers. Other theatre: Follies In Concert (Koerner Hall), Auntie Em in The Wizard of Oz, Fantine in Les Misérables, Hairspray (Mirvish), 8 seasons with the Charlottetown Festival, 3 with the Shaw, Mama Rose in Gypsy (Neptune), Cabaret and others (Grand Theatre), The Rocky Horror Show (Dora Mavor Moore Award), Sunday In The Park With George (Dora Nomination). Solo Recordings: Friends of Mine – Songs From Canadian Musicals, Long Road Back and Some Comfort Here, all available on iTunes.

Brad Rudy Brad Rudy
Drayton Entertainment: Twelve Angry Men, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, West Side Story, Who's Under Where? Other theatre (select): 26 seasons with Stratford Festival, roles including: Bill Sykes, George Stub, Edmond Dantes, Rochefort, Common Man, Laertes. Ted in War Horse (Mirvish), Frank in Educating Rita (Lighthouse), Pierre in The Father, Cogsworth in Beauty and the Beast, Mal in If I Were You, Potter in It’s A Wonderful Life, Gabe in Dinner With Friends (Aquarius). Director: A Tender Thing, Wind in the Willows Christmas, Falling: A Wake (Alternative Theatre Works), It's Morning Now (Players' Guild/Hamilton), The Book of Esther (Festival Players/P.E.C.), Our Town (Mercury). "Sunny D always makes me happy."



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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