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ELF: The Musical

Artist Bios

The Cast

Neil Aitchison Neil Aitchison (Santa)
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. Thanks to Melloul-Blamey for so many reasons. This show is dedicated to Neil’s four favourite grandchildren Patrick, Rebecca, Tanner and Brier.
 

Vanessa Cobham Vanessa Cobham (Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment: Annie, Rocky: The Musical, Hairspray, Sister Act, Little Shop of Horrors, South Pacific. Other theatre: The Lion King (Mirvish), Sister Act (Rainbow Stage), Hairspray (Port Hope), Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (Theatre Aquarius), Elf: The Musical (Theatre Aquarius). Film/TV: A Simple Favor (Lionsgate), Heroes Reborn (NBC), Man Seeking Woman (FX), Hairspray (New Line Cinema), and Warehouse 13 (SYFY). Upcoming: Madam C J Walker, Grand Army (Netflix – 2020). Vanessa is very excited to be back with Drayton Entertainment. Vanessa would like to thank her family for always supporting her career. Instagram: @vanessacobham
 

Brendan Forbes Brendan Forbes (Michael Hobbs)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: ELF: The Musical (Theatre Aquarius). Brendan is an 11-year-old student of Hamilton Academy of Performing Arts. Brendan has been dancing since the age of four, and studied musical theatre with Avalon Music Academy. Under the teaching of Mr. Max Ratevosian and Ms. Melania Pawliw, Brendan performed in the local ballet productions of The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. He trains for the stage with the valued support of Scott Beaudin, Karen Bell-Young, Maria Franek, and Marta Greda-Kicek. Brendan thanks his big sister Annelise for sharing her love of theatre, and acknowledges the support of his teachers and family for this opportunity.
 

Ryan Gifford Ryan Gifford (Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment: Rocky: The Musical, Anything Goes, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Footloose, Damn Yankees, Peter Pan: The Panto, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Tap Dogs (2010/2012 North American Tour), Country Legends, Brigadoon, Oklahoma!. Broadway: Jesus Christ Superstar. Other theatre: Carousel, Jesus Christ Superstar, Camelot, South Pacific, Oliver! (Stratford Festival), Rock of Ages, Dirty Dancing (Mirvish), CATS (Neptune), West Side Story (Citadel), White Christmas (Theatre Aquarius). Film/TV: Score: A Hockey Musical (2010 TIFF opener), Once Upon a Mattress (ABC/Disney), Michael Jackson’s This Is It (Columbia Pictures), The John Dore Show, Road to Avonlea. Training: Second City.
 

Ray Hogg Ray Hogg (Macy's Manager)
Drayton Entertainment: Evita, Guys and Dolls, Sweet Charity. Other theatre: Director: Da Kink In My Hair (Arts Club), The Tempest (Company of Fools), CATS, The Producers, Sister Act, Shrek The Musical, Little Shop of Horrors (Rainbow Stage), Five Guys Named Moe (Neptune Theatre). Choreographer: South Pacific (WSO), Indecent (Segal Centre), Mamma Mia! (Neptune Theatre). Ray is the current Associate Artistic Director of Halifax’s Neptune Theatre, and the former Artistic Director of Winnipeg’s Rainbow Stage. Much love and gratitude to Noah, Simone, Gérald, Michael, and the team at The Talent House. www.rayhogg.com
 

Robin Hutton Robin Hutton (Emily Hobbs)
Drayton Entertainment: Vocalist in Dance Legends, Little Me. Other theatre: Katherine in Freaky Friday, Emily in Elf: The Musical, Betty in White Christmas, Maria in The Sound Of Music (Theatre Aquarius), Hyman in As You Like It, Mrs. Mullin in Carousel, Aldonza in Man of La Mancha, Diana in Next To Normal in Concert, Irene in Crazy For You, Mrs. Simpson in Tommy, Louise in Wanderlust, Irene in Hello Dolly!, Tzeitel in Fiddler on the Roof (Stratford Festival), Mamma Mia! (Royal Alex). Robin is a Sheridan College graduate and resides in Stratford with her husband Stephen and their sons Hutton and Wesley.
 

Gabrielle Jones Gabrielle Jones (Deb/Mrs. Claus)
Drayton Entertainment: Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Miracle Worker, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Birds & The Bees, The Drowsy Chaperone, Harvest, The Ladies Foursome, Brighton Beach Memoirs, Sexy Laundry, The Crazy Time. Stratford (selected): Romeo and Juliet, Fiddler on the Roof, 42nd Street, Oedipus Rex, The Boyfriend. Shaw (selected): My Fair Lady, Cherry Orchard, Follies, A Little Night Music, Mack and Mabel, Gypsy, Tristan. Other theatre: Beside Myself (Foster Festival), Les Belles Soeurs: The Musical (Theatre Calgary), The Audience (Mirvish), The Sound of Music (Aquarius), My Fair Lady, Singin’ in the Rain, Mary Poppins (Capitol), Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Drowsy Chaperone (Vancouver Playhouse), Mamma Mia!, Les Misérables (Canada/U.S. Tours).
 

George Joyce George Joyce (Mr. Greenway)
Drayton Entertainment: Mark Twain in Big River (1995, 2003). Other theatre (selected): over 20 roles in three seasons with the Stephenville Summer Festival, including Cyrano de Bergerac, The Ecstasy of Rita Joe, Sometimes We Die, Jesus Christ Superstar, and Guys and Dolls. Guest artist in 9 productions with Theatre and Company, including Uncle Vanya, Shadowlands, Three in the Back Two in the Head, Joyful Noise, Mr. Moliere's French Scenes, and Lettice and Lovage. Death of a Salesman (Tribal Productions), Boiler Room Suite and King Lear (Lost and Found Theatre). Film/TV: Mob Stories, History's Courtroom (History Channel), and Sleeping Dogs (TIFF).
 

Katie Kerr Katie Kerr (Jovie)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Sophie in Mamma Mia!, Anne in Anne of Green Gables–The Musical™, Kronborg, Stories From the Red Dirt Road, Evangeline, Alice Through the Looking-Glass, Ring of Fire, Canada Rocks! (Charlottetown Festival), Sophie in Mamma Mia! (Grand Theatre/Theatre Aquarius/WCT), Jovie in Elf: The Musical (Theatre Aquarius), Come From Away, Theory of Relativity, Spring Awakening, Oklahoma! (Theatre Sheridan). Film/TV: How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? (CBC). Katie is a graduate of the Musical Theatre Performance Program at Sheridan College.
 

Anthony MacPherson Anthony MacPherson (Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Man of La Mancha, The Little Mermaid, West Side Story, Rock of Ages, Beauty and the Beast, The Wizard of Oz, Oliver!. Other theatre (selected): Matilda, The Wizard of Oz (Mirvish/1st National Tours), Peter Pan in Peter Pan in Wonderland (Ross Petty), five seasons at the Charlottetown Festival, Mamma Mia! (Grand), Elf: The Musical, Mary Poppins, A Christmas Carol (Aquarius), West Side Story (VOC), Death in Venice (COC). Thanks to Michael and Joe, and the rest of the Elf cast, crew, and creative. Love to The Talent House, Jam and the Fam. Have a SparkleJollyTwinkleJingley Holiday!! www.anthonymacpherson.com
 

Luke Opdahl Luke Opdahl (Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment: Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Little Mermaid, The Drowsy Chaperone, Aladdin: The Panto, Charlie Sloane in Anne of Green Gables. Other theatre: Elf: The Musical (Theatre Aquarius), Beauty and the Beast (Capitol Theatre), The Jazz Singer (Harold Green Jewish Theatre/Dancap), Suitcases (Artscape Sandbox), Will Parker in Oklahoma! (First Act Productions), Neleus/Valentine in Mary Poppins (Theatre St. John’s), Emmett Forest in Legally Blonde (Randolph Academy). Luke is thrilled to be back with Drayton Entertainment. Many thanks to da Costa Talent as well as his family for their endless support and love.
 

Gregory Pember Gregory Pember (Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment: Disney’s Newsies, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Shear Madness, The Rainmaker, The Drowsy Chaperone, Beauty and the Beast, Rock of Ages, Thoroughly Modern Millie, It Runs in the Family, White Christmas, The Pirates of Penzance, The Music Man, The Little Mermaid, Footloose, Damn Yankees, Legally Blonde, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music. Other theatre: Brigadoon (Shaw Festival), Crazy For You (Citadel/Theatre Calgary), Spamalot, Young Frankenstein (Stage West Calgary), Ghostlight (Off-Broadway), Spring Awakening, Hamlet in Hamlet (The Roxy). Gregory has a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from The Boston Conservatory. So much love and gratitude to Mom, Dad, Bob, and Scott for their unconditional support and for allowing me to follow my dream. Instagram: @gregpember
 

Tim Porter Tim Porter (Buddy)
Drayton Entertainment: 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), Rooms (Winnipeg Studio Theatre), Evil Dead (Original Toronto Production), six seasons with the Stirling Festival, five tours as Rooney Doodle in The Doodlebops, Artistic Director of Tweed & Company Theatre, creator of Hastings! The Musical, and Aleck Bell. Many thanks to Alex, Michael, David, the Drayton Entertainment team, Bruce and The Talent House, and to his ever-loving and supportive family. Happy Holidays!
 

Reece Rowat Reece Rowat (Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment: Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Singin’ in the Rain. Other theatre (selected): Elf: The Musical (Aquarius), The Little Mermaid (Capitol), Kyle O’ Boyle in Legally Blond e (Stage West Calgary), Ross Petty’s A Christmas Carol (Elgin Theatre), Snowboy in West Side Story (Rainbow Stage), Les Feux Follets, Soul of the Island (Charlottetown Festival), Godspell, Hello Dolly!, Brantwood 1920-2020 (Sheridan), and several productions for Carnival Cruise Lines. Reece is a graduate of the Bachelor of Musical Theatre Performance Program at Sheridan College. Big thanks to my family, friends, and the team at da Costa Talent for their undying support. Instagram: @reecejrowat
 

Ainsley Alyssa Roy Ainsley Alyssa Roy (Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment: The Music Man. Other theatre: Celebrity Cruises Entertainment (Singer/Dancer), Elf: The Musical (Theatre Aquarius), Mamma Mia!, Crazy For You (Capitol Theatre), Creativiva, In The Heights, Legally Blonde, Sweet Charity, Sunday In The Park With George (Theatre Sheridan), Extraordinary Girl in American Idiot (Y.E.S Theatre) and performed in The Charlottetown Festival's Young Company. Film/TV: The Lesser Blessed, Camp Rock 2. Ainsley graduated with her B.A. in Music Theatre Performance at Sheridan Collage. She is thrilled to be working for Drayton Entertainment again! Ainsley says thank you to her dear family and friends!
 

Brad Rudy Brad Rudy (Walter Hobbs)
Drayton Entertainment: Twelve Angry Men, Priscilla, West Side Story, Who's Under Where?. Other theatre (selected): 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."
 

Jennifer Thiessen Jennifer Thiessen (Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jack and the Beanstalk, Man of La Mancha, The Little Mermaid, West Side Story, The Drowsy Chaperone, Rock of Ages, Beauty and the Beast. Other theatre: Saturday Night Fever (North American Tour), Guys and Dolls (Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), Singin’ in the Rain, Mamma Mia!, Crazy For You (Capitol), West Side Story (Rainbow), Assistant Director/Choreographer for Newsies (Forestburgh Playhouse), Choreographer for Aladdin (Madinat Theatre), Joseph… (Lower Ossington), Assistant Choreographer for 2015 Pan Am Games Opening Ceremony (Cirque du Soleil). Many thanks to Alex, Michael, Joe, Steve, and The Talent House and love to Brent! Instagram: @jenniferclarethiessen
 

Margaret Thompson Margaret Thompson (Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment: Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Holiday Inn, The Little Mermaid, The Drowsy Chaperone, HONK!, Singin’ in the Rain. Other theatre: Cabaret (The Grand), Christine Colgate in Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Perfect Wedding, Spamalot (Stephenville Theatre Festival), Shrek The Musical, The Addams Family (Neptune), She Loves Me (Thousand Island Playhouse), Evil Dead: The Musical (Starvox Entertainment), Back In ’59 (P.S.F.T.), Crazy for You (Theatre by the Bay), A Chorus Line (Rose Theatre). Margaret is a graduate of Sheridan College’s Musical Theatre Performance Program. All the love to my family and friends.
 

Sarah Vance Sarah Vance (Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment: Patty Simcox in Grease, Hairspray, All Shook Up, Spamalot, High School Musical. Other theatre: Associate Choreographer for Grease (Winter Garden), R&J Remixed Workshop (Stratford), Crazy For You (Citadel/Theatre Calgary), Mamma Mia!, Anne of Green Gables, Alice Through The Looking Glass, Canada Rocks! (Charlottetown), Beauty and the Beast (Capitol). Film/TV: American Gods (Starz), The Next Step (Family), Assistant Choreographer: The Moblees (CBC), Carrie (SONY), SYTYCDC (CTV), Warehouse 13 (SYFY), King of the Camp (YTV). Sarah was a member of the NBA Toronto Raptors Dance Pak (4 seasons), while she completed her Honours Science Kinesiology Degree at York University. Love to David, family and The Talent House.
 

Thomas Winiker Thomas Winiker (Michael Hobbs)
Drayton Entertainment: Les in Disney’s Newsies, Benji in Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Other theatre: Ensemble/Understudy Winthrop in The Music Man (Stratford Festival), Frederich in The Sound of Music, Beast in Beauty and the Beast (Living Arts Centre), Simba in The Lion King (Act One Productions). Thomas is thrilled to be back with Drayton Entertainment in Elf: The Musical! Thomas would like to thank his friends and family for their continuous love and support, especially Mom, Dad, Mikey and Lukas. Grateful to Michael, Alex, and Drayton Entertainment for this wonderful opportunity. Many thanks to Stephen, Peter and Frank at daCosta Talent. Merry Christmas! Instagram: @thomaswiniker
 

The Creative Team

Michael Lichtefeld (Director & Choreographer) Michael Lichtefeld (Director & Choreographer)
Drayton Entertainment: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Holiday Inn, Anything Goes, White Christmas, The Music Man, South Pacific, How to Succeed…, Guys and Dolls, Sweet Charity, Evita. Other theatre: Michael has choreographed six Broadway Musicals, eight Off-Broadway Musicals and ten seasons at the Stratford Festival. He directed and choreographed the critically acclaimed production of Bye Bye Birdie at the North Shore Music Theatre, Boston, receiving a nomination as Best Director from the Independent Reviewers of New England (IRNE) Award committee. He has won the IRNE Award for Best Choreographer (Bye Bye Birdie, 42nd Street), and has been nominated as Best Choreographer for the Drama Desk Award, the L.A. Ovation Award, and three Outer Critics Circle Awards.
 

Steve Thomas (Music Director) Steve Thomas (Music Director)
Drayton Entertainment: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Rocky: The Musical, Kings & Queens of Country, The Little Mermaid, HONK!, Joseph…, All Shook Up, Mamma Mia!, Aladdin: The Panto, The Pirates of Penzance, The Music Man, Anne of Green Gables, Spamalot, The Last Resort, Damn Yankees, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Me and My Girl, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (North American Tour), Jasper Station. Other theatre: various productions across North America including Theatre Aquarius, The Elgin Theatre, Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Charlottetown Festival, Showboat Festival. Visit Steve at www.sthomasmusic.com
 

Ivan Brozic (Set & Costume Designer) Ivan Brozic (Set & Costume Designer)
Drayton Entertainment: Thoroughly Modern Millie, One For The Pot, Hilda’s Yard, Little Shop of Horrors, Chicago, The Crazy Time, Boeing Boeing, Legally Blonde. Other theatre: Elf: The Musical, Mamma Mia!, Legally Blonde, Cabaret, The Sound of Music, Jesus Christ Superstar, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (Theatre Aquarius), British Invasion, America Strikes Back, Disco Cirque (Charlottetown Festival), The Producers, Glorious, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Stage West), Nikola Subic Zrinski (Opera Mississauga). Ivan works as a Set and Costume Designer for theatre, concerts, and events across the country. As always, cheers to the fabulous crew!
 

Kevin Fraser (Set & Costume Designer) Kevin Fraser (Lighting Designer)
Drayton Entertainment: The Miracle Worker, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Rocky: The Musical, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Man of La Mancha, The Little Mermaid, Holiday Inn, Death of a Salesman, Beauty and the Beast, Joseph…, Marathon of Hope: The Musical, Sister Act, Little Shop of Horrors, Footloose, Les Misérables, and many more. Other theatre: Grand Hotel (Shaw Festival), King Charles III (Mirvish), Treasure Island, The Lion The Witch and The Wardrobe, Shakespeare In Love, A Little Night Music, Carousel (Stratford Festival). Kevin is a member of Associated Designers of Canada, and a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. www.kevinfraserlighting.com
 

Beth Bruck (Stage Manager) Beth Bruck (Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment: Rocky: The Musical, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Ghost: The Musical, West Side Story, Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie, The Ladies Foursome, The Men’s Foursome, Anne of Green Gables, The Music Man, Spamalot, Les Misérables, Legally Blonde, Big Band Legends, The Melville Boys, Guys and Dolls, Cagney!, Camelot (North American Tour), Evita, Oliver!, A Funny Thing…, CATS. Other theatre (selected): Mamma Mia!, Cabaret, The Sound of Music, Legally Blonde, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, The Rocky Horror Show, Seussical, Oklahoma! (Aquarius), The Sound of Music, Oliver! (National Arts Centre), Dreamgirls, Winslow Boys (Manitoba Theatre), La Ronde (National Ballet/Washington Square), Les Misérables (Mirvish), Joseph… (Livent), Tarragon, Lighthouse Festival, Victoria Playhouse, Globe Theatre.
 

Jasmyne Leisemer (Assistant Stage Manager) Jasmyne Leisemer (Assistant Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment: ‘ART’, Grease, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Man of La Mancha, West Side Story, Hairspray, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Singin’ in the Rain, Sister Act, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Legally Blonde, Peter Pan, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Big Band Legends, The Sound of Music. Other theatre: Return to Grace (RGA Media – Fallsview Casino), Elf: The Musical, Cabaret (Theatre Aquarius), Stephen Schwartz’s Magic To Do (Princess Cruises), Ring of Fire (Grand Theatre). Enjoy the show!
 

 

Charlotte Peters (Apprentice Stage Manager) Charlotte Peters (Apprentice Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment: Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Production Assistant since 2017. Other theatre: Possible Worlds, The Golden Fleece, Beauty and the Beast, Robin Hood’s Latest Adventure (Bishop’s University). Charlotte is a recent graduate of Bishop’s University’s Drama Program. Many thanks to Mom, Dad, Maya, and Chris, and to all the mentors she has been lucky enough to have.


 

 

Ray Hogg (Assistant Director & Assistant Choreographer) Ray Hogg (Assistant Director & Assistant Choreographer)
Drayton Entertainment: Evita, Guys and Dolls, Sweet Charity. Other theatre: Director: Da Kink In My Hair (Arts Club), The Tempest (Company of Fools), CATS, The Producers, Sister Act, Shrek The Musical, Little Shop of Horrors (Rainbow Stage), Five Guys Named Moe (Neptune Theatre). Choreographer: South Pacific (WSO), Indecent (Segal Centre), Mamma Mia! (Neptune Theatre). Ray is the current Associate Artistic Director of Halifax’s Neptune Theatre, and the former Artistic Director of Winnipeg’s Rainbow Stage. Much love and gratitude to Noah, Simone, Gérald, Michael, and the team at The Talent House. www.rayhogg.com
 

The Band

Steve Thomas (Music Director/Keys I) Steve Thomas (Music Director/Keys I)
Drayton Entertainment: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Rocky: The Musical, Kings & Queens of Country, The Little Mermaid, HONK!, Joseph…, All Shook Up, Mamma Mia!, Aladdin: The Panto, The Pirates of Penzance, The Music Man, Anne of Green Gables, Spamalot, The Last Resort, Damn Yankees, South Pacific, Guys and Dolls, Me and My Girl, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (North American Tour), Jasper Station. Other theatre: various productions across North America including Theatre Aquarius, The Elgin Theatre, Lighthouse Festival Theatre, Vancouver Playhouse, Charlottetown Festival, Showboat Festival. Visit Steve at www.sthomasmusic.com
 

Matthew Lima (Bass) Matthew Lima (Bass)
Drayton Entertainment: Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie, All Shook Up, Mamma Mia!, Legends … of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Canadian Legends, Peter Pan, Big Band Legends, The Wizard of Oz, How To Succeed…. Other theatre: Singin’ in the Rain (RCMPI), Top of the Pops: The British Rock Invasion (Aquarius), Anne of Green Gables (KWMP). Matthew has performed with many amazing musicians and toured extensively throughout his career. His playing history includes the multi award-winning The Western Swing Authority, Juno Award-winners Susan Aglukark and Kellylee Evans, and local greats: Kevin Ramessar, Larry Larson’s Jazz Guys, Tim Louis, Andriy Tykhonov, and the house bands for The Shot and KW Glee.
 

Paul Mitchell (Trumpet) Paul Mitchell (Trumpet)
Drayton Entertainment: Thoroughly Modern Millie, Holiday Inn, Drowsy Chaperone, HONK!, Anything Goes. Other theatre: Many venues across the northern U.S. and Ontario including tribute shows such as: The Rat Pack, Elton John Meets Billy Joel, Blues Brothers, Steely Dan. He has played with pop R&B groups Kool and the Gang, The O’Jays, Frankie Valli, Glass Tiger and Dean Brody. Film/TV: Hemingway vs. Callaghan (CBC/Shaftsbury). Paul is featured regularly at The Jazz Room in Uptown Waterloo, and performs with many of the top R&B and wedding bands in the GTA. He considers himself to be fortunate to be surrounded by many of Canada’s most talented musicians.
 

Richard Moore (Drums/Percussion) Richard Moore (Drums/Percussion)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Man of La Mancha, Holiday Inn, All Shook Up, Marathon of Hope: The Musical, Singin’ in the Rain, Mamma Mia!. Other theatre: Richard has played in many productions for Mirvish Productions, Livent, Dancap Productions, and the Stratford Festival. He has performed at the Lincoln Center, Kennedy Center, Massey Hall, Roy Thomson Hall, Sony Centre, Four Seasons Centre, and the Place des Arts. Richard received his Doctorate in Music from York University, and his Master’s Degree from the University of Toronto. He is equally at home in the rock, jazz, orchestral, and world music genres.
 

Paul Pacanowski (Flute/Clarinet) Paul Pacanowski (Flute/Clarinet)
Drayton Entertainment: Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Man of La Mancha, Holiday Inn, HONK!, Singin’ in the Rain, Sister Act, Anything Goes, Chicago, The Little Mermaid, Les Misérables, Big Band Legends, Annie, Blood Brothers, How to Succeed…, The 25th Annual…, Evita, Camelot, Oliver!. Other theatre: White Christmas, Oklahoma! (Aquarius), The Wild Party (Canadian Stage). As both a classical and jazz musician, Paul has appeared with symphonies and chamber music ensembles. His jazz groups have performed his own compositions in a number of music festivals in Canada and abroad. Paul is happy to be spending another season with Drayton Entertainment. www.paulpacanowski.com
 

Matthew Stodolak (Keys II) Matthew Stodolak (Keys II)
Drayton Entertainment: Jack and the Beanstalk, Rocky: The Musical, The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, All Shook Up, Mamma Mia!, The Little Mermaid, Spamalot. Other theatre: Mamma Mia!, Spamalot (Theatre Aquarius), Music Direction for Fiddler on the Roof and Vocal Direction for The Drowsy Chaperone at McMaster University. Matthew is a graduate of the Mohawk College and McMaster University Music Programs. Recently, he completed his Master of Teaching at the University of Toronto, and currently works as a secondary school teacher in Hamilton. Thank you to his family and friends for their love and support!