Backstage Pass

Episode 6

Airs Online Sunday, March 6

In this episode, artists Gerrad Everard, Jacob James, Billy Lake, Laura Mae Nason, and Erica Peck 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 sixth contestant Abigail Shatford of Pelham. 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

Erica Peck performing in Backstage Pass
Photo credit: Erica Peck
Jacob James performing in Backstage Passs
Photo credit: Jacob James
Billy Lake performing in Backstage Pass
Photo credit: Billy Lake
Alex Mustakas, Laura Mae Nason, and Gerrad Everard performing in Backstage Pass
Photo credit: Alex Mustakas, Laura Mae Nason, and Gerrad Everard

Appearing in this Episode

(In alphabetical order)

Gerrard Everard Gerrad Everard
Drayton Entertainment: Million Dollar Quartet, Sister Act, Hairspray, Canadian Legends, Twist and Shout: The British Invasion, Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Other theatre (select): Million Dollar Quartet (Mirvish/Stage West), The Rocky Horror Show (CanStage /MTC/Stage West), Hair (CanStage), The Wedding Singer, The 80’s Adventure, History of Rock ‘n’ Roll (Mayfield), five seasons at the Charlottetown Festival. Film/TV: Paranormal Witness, Close Encounters, Chocolate Confidential. Gerrad is also a Realtor at Home and Company Brokerage in Stratford On. Contact him at to chat Real Estate or about your favorite Drayton Memory. We all miss it and can't wait to make new ones!

Jacob James Jacob James
Drayton Entertainment: Assistant Director: The 39 Steps. Performer: Twelve Angry Men, Look No Hans!, The Men’s Foursome, Office Hours, Out of Order. Jacob James is a Dora award winning actor, director, and professor of Drama who graduated from The National Theatre School, Birmingham Conservatory (Stratford Festival), Second City Conservatory (Toronto), and York University's Teaching Artist program. As an actor, he has spent seven seasons with the Stratford Festival, five seasons with Toronto's Videocabaret and The Thousand Islands Playhouse; he has also worked with Soulpepper, National Arts Centre, Theatre Kingston, Neptune Theatre, Globe Theatre Regina, Theatre Aquarius, Cleveland Playhouse, Cincinatti Playhouse in the Park, New York Shakespeare Exchange. Screen: Mayday, The Stranger Experiment (Crave), Turn: Washington's Spies (AMC) The Martian Chronicles (BBC), Fireman Sam (Calon TV U.K.), and many more. Jacob is the creator of the YouTube channel Theatre Curation Project (subscribe!), an Associate Artist with Eclipse Theatre company, and a professor of drama at Queen's University. Follow Jacob on Instagram @jacoboneilljames

Billy Lake Billy Lake
Drayton Entertainment: Sleeping Beauty: The Panto, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Cinderella: The Panto, Lucky Stiff. Other theatre: Pal Joey (Talk is Free Theatre), Michael Heney in Stonecliff (Yukon/Alaska), Pinocchio in Snow White and 007 (Elgin), Ugly in HONK! (Globe Theatre), and ten seasons with the Shaw Festival. Billy is a graduate of the Musical Theatre Performance Program at Sheridan College and is currently directing The Judas Kiss for Talk is Free Theatre in Barrie. Special thanks to his family, friends, and Aidan. Social media: @billyonthelake

Laura Mae Nason Laura Mae Nason
Drayton Entertainment: Penny in Hairspray, Dyanne in Million Dollar Quartet (Drayton/Stage West/Mirvish), Leslie Scrivener in Marathon of Hope, Mary Robert in Sister Act, Amber in Hairspray, Twist and Shout. Other theatre: Heidi/Cynthia(u/s) in Dear Evan Hansen (Mirvish), Here's What it Takes (workshop-Stratford Festival), Margot in Legally Blonde (Aquarius), Amber in Hairspray (Charlottetown /Rainbow/Mayfield), Tick Tick Boom (Angelwalk), Holly in The Wedding Singer (Mayfield), Josie Pye in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown), Chicago (Mayfield/Neptune), Cabaret (Stage West), Beauty and the Beast (Arts Club). Thank you to Alex and everyone at Drayton for this opportunity, we will be back!

Erica Peck (Maggie) Erica Peck
Drayton Entertainment: Kinky Boots, Aurora in Sleeping Beauty: The Panto, Rizzo in Grease, Penny in Hairspray. Other theatre: Mirvish/U.S. National Tour: We Will Rock You, Kinky Boots, The Boys in the Photograph. Stratford: The Rocky Horror Show, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, Wanderlust. Regional: Les Belles Soeurs, The Wedding Singer, Cabaret, Songs for a New World. Erica is also the owner and head stylist of WILDTHINGVINTAGE. Love to Mom, Dad, Robin, Pluto, Marat, and The Talent House gang.



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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