Airs Online Sunday, March 20
In this episode, artists Terry Barna, Mike Nadajewski, Nick Settimi, and Kate Suhr 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 eighth contestant Simon Zenker of Elmira. 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.
Appearing in this Episode(In alphabetical order)
Drayton Entertainment: The Birds & The Bees, Shear Madness, Bedtime Stories, The Love List, The Odd Couple. Other theatre: Terry has performed or directed over 60 shows since leaving the corporate world in 2001. Film/TV: Terry has been on TV screens around the world in films, commercials, and hosting daytime on RogersTV. He has had regular roles in Stock & Awe and Meet the Family, which garnered him a Canadian Comedy Award nomination. As always, much love goes out to Lynne, Rachel and Christian, who continue to cheer him on as he chases this wacky dream of his.
Drayton Entertainment: The Drowsy Chaperone, Cotton Patch Gospel, Brighton Beach Memoirs. Other theatre: Charley’s Aunt, Sherlock Holmes and the Raven’s Curse, The Russian Play, Brigadoon, Happy End (Shaw). Peter Sellars’ A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Timon of Athens, The Lion The Witch and the Wardrobe, The Physicists, Hamlet, Jacques Brel…, Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway), …Forum (Mirvish/Stratford). Herringbone and The Yalta Game, title roles in Sunday in the Park with George and Candide, Sweeney Todd (UK/TIFT). Outside Mullingar, Cabaret (MTC). Film/TV: Kim’s Convenience, Murdoch Mysteries, Private Eyes, Gracie & Pedro. @mikenadajewski
Drayton Entertainment: Monty Python’s Spamalot, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, The Wizard Of Oz, 9 to 5: The Musical, Twist and Shout: The British Rock Invasion, Peter Pan; The Panto, Footloose, Disney's The Little Mermaid, Pirates of Penzance, All Shook Up, Disney's Beauty and The Beast. Other theatre: Top of the Pops: The British Invasion, Beauty and The Beast (Theatre Aquarius); Seussical (Nati’l Tour); The 25th ... Spelling Bee (Magnus Theatre); 9 to 5: The Musical (Mayfield Dinner Theatre). FILM/TV: Hairspray!
Drayton Entertainment: Good Ol’ Country Gospel. Other theatre: Verandah Society In Residence (4th Line Theatre); Tess Wilson in Bloom: A Rock n Roll Fable (4th Line Theatre); Nancy in A New Brain (Ryan DeSouza/Randy Read); Harper in Angels In America (New Stages); Our Lady Of The Spa in Nine (Podium Concert Productions); Glinda in The Wizard of Oz (Diversified Theatre); Rose/Mrs Winthrope/Claire in Secret Garden (Podium Concert Productions); Ariel in The Little Mermaid (Randolph Theatre); Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins (LOT); Ensemble in Assassins (Steve Ross). Kate Suhr studied Opera at The University of Western Ontario and holds a Bachelor of Applied Music from Humber College. Kate is also a singer-songwriter who has been featured at Boots and Hearts and many festivals all over Ontario. She has performed alongside such greats as Blue Rodeo and has opened for Ruth B as well as Fred Penner. Her latest single “Better off Together” produced by James Bunton (Donovan Woods) was released with great anticipation in the winter of 2020. Instagram: @katesuhr
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 (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 (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 (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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