Backstage Pass

Episode 7

Airs Online Sunday, March 13

In this episode, artists George Alevizos, AJ Bridel, Tim Porter, and Nick Sheculski 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 seventh contestant Daniella Vega-Hickey of Cambridge. 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

AJ Bridel performing in Backstage Pass
Photo credit: AJ Bridel
 
Alex Mustakas and Nick Sheculski in Backstage Passs
Photo credit: Alex Mustakas and Nick Sheculski
Alex Mustakas and George Alevizos in Backstage Pass
Photo credit: Alex Mustakas and George Alevizos
 
Tim Porter performing in Backstage Pass
Photo credit: Tim Porter
 

Appearing in this Episode

(In alphabetical order)

George Alevizos George Alevizos
Drayton Entertainment: Lawyer 1/Court Reporter in A Few Good Men. Other theatre: Me in Cell Block Tango: Reimagined (EveryBODY on Stage), Molly 1 in Towards Rebirth (Shakespeare in the Ruff), Matt in Drive (lemonTree Creations), Luvta Rimmerholen in a workshop reading of The Effeminates (Cahoots Theatre), Chebutykin in Three Sisters (Theatre Erindale), Phaeton/The Buyer in Metamorphoses (Theatre Erindale). TV/Film: Casey James in Hudson and Rex (Beta and Rogers), Wounded Crewman in Star Trek Discovery (CBS All Access). George is a graduate of the Theatre and Drama Studies Program at the University of Toronto and Sheridan College. He thanks his family, friends, and NLM for their constant support.

AJ Bridel AJ Bridel
Drayton Entertainment (select): The War Show, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan in Peter Pan: The Panto. Other theatre (select): Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival), leading roles in several Ross Petty Pantos, Dora Award Nominee for the role of Lauren in Kinky Boots (Mirvish), Mary in The Little Years (Stratford). Film/TV: Shelby, Odd Squad (TVO Kids), Murdoch Mysteries (CBC), Private Eyes (Global), Top 3 finalist on CBC’s Over the Rainbow. Raised in Kitchener, AJ is no stranger to the Drayton stages. She misses theatre deeply and can not wait to share the magic with everyone once again. Instagram: @ajbridel

Tim Porter Tim Porter
Drayton Entertainment: Harry in Kinky Boots, Buddy in ELF: The Musical, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Man of La Mancha, Cinderella: The Panto, The Drowsy Chaperone, HONK!, Lucky Stiff, Marathon of Hope, Singin’ in the Rain, Aladdin: The Panto, Snow White: The Panto, Les Misérables, High School Musical. Other theatre: Cannibal (Starvox), Evil Dead (Original Toronto Production), six seasons with the Stirling Festival, Rooney Doodle in The Doodlebops, Artistic Director of Tweed & Company Theatre, creator of Hastings!, and Aleck Bell. Many thanks to Alex, David, the Drayton Entertainment team, Bruce and The Talent House, and to his ever-loving and supportive family.

 

Nick Sheculski Nick Sheculski
Drayton Entertainment: Grease. Other theatre: Grease (Winter Garden Theatre), We Will Rock You (Fallsview Casino), Eddie/Dr. Scott in The Rocky Horror Show (Canadiana Productions), King Herod in Jesus Christ Superstar (SCC), Curly in Oklahoma! (SCC). Film/TV: 2015 PanAm/Para PanAm Opening Ceremonies (CBC). Born and raised in Timmins, Ontario, Nick is a true man of the north. @nicksheculski

 

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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 www.theaccidentalaccompanist.com


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