Artwork for Fiddler on the Loose

Artist Bios

The Cast

Devan Ballagh Devan Ballagh (Violin/Vocals)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Canada 151: Better Late Than Sorry, Sorry … I’m Canadian, Canadian Loonie, Celtic Christmas. Other Theatre (selected): Fiddler on the Moose, Christmas Jamboree (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia); Canada/US StepCrew Tour, The Ballaghs Canada/Europe Tour, The Crew (Various). Devan co-directs Studio 410 Productions Inc., a not-for-profit that promotes engagement and education in the arts. She owns/operates 410Method, an online health/wellness program. Her debut solo album is available now: "A Million Little Pieces”. Thanks to the Davids, the cast/crew, Alex and Drayton team. Many thanks to my family and my husband Tyler for all their love and support! Websites: www.studio410.ca, www.devanballagh.com

 

Matt Ballagh Matt Ballagh (Guitar/Vocals)
Drayton Entertainment: Sorry I’m Canadian (2006, 2008, 2013). Other theatre: Shrek in Shrek the Musical Jr., Emmett Forrest in Legally Blonde the Musical Jr. (Studio 410). Film/TV: Family Feud Canada (CBC). Matt owns his own recording studio ‘On Track Studios’ and has toured North America and Ireland with his family band (The Ballaghs) and is a part of his sibling band ‘The Crew’. Matt is a Singer/Songwriter, and his original music can be found on all streaming platforms. Matt is a proud graduate of the Music Industry Arts program at Fanshawe College, and is SO excited to be back performing with Drayton Entertainment! Website: www.mattballagh.com

Paige Ballagh Paige Ballagh (Violin/Vocals)
Drayton Entertainment: Fiddler on the Loose (2019), Canada 151: Better Late Than Sorry, Sorry … I’m Canadian, Canadian Loonie. Other theatre: Fiddler on the Moose, Christmas Jamboree, East Coast Kitchen Party (VPP); vocalist and pianist for The StepCrew, Summerfolk Discovery Artist, The Ballaghs Ireland Tour (2016); The Crew. Paige co-directs Studio 410 Productions. She studied songwriting with Berklee College of Music. Find Paige's solo album, songwriting courses and poetry book at www.paigeballagh.com. Many thanks to my family, Kyle, the Davids, Alex and Drayton Entertainment for giving me the opportunity to do what I love most!

 

Jesse Grandmont Jesse Grandmont (Violin/Vocals)
Drayton Entertainment: Canada 151: Better Late Than Sorry, Broadway Heroes. Jesse started playing the violin at the age of three, and has been fiddling around ever since. He has been a recurring cast member at the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia for the last 10 years as well as performing for theatres across the country. Most recently, Jesse spent a year in Dubai where he performed for Expo 2020 Dubai as a featured musical artist. Jesse is so excited to cut loose in Fiddler on the Loose this summer! Jesse thanks D2 Entertainment, Mark Payne and Alex Mustakas for making this show possible, as well as his Mom, Dad, Leah and Maddy for their love and support. Keep fiddlin' and enjoy the show!

 

Leah Grandmont Leah Grandmont (Violin/Vocals)
Drayton Entertainment: Good Ol’ Country Gospel, Fiddler on the Loose, Ghost: The Musical. Other theatre: Vigilante (The Grand Theatre), East Coast Kitchen Party, Scotland Sings, Women of Country, The VPP Jamboree, Fiddler on the Loose 2 (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia). Leah appeared on America’s Got Talent as a member of Stacey Kay’s band, and has performed across Canada, Germany, and Scotland for several summers as a member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada. Leah began studying the violin with Professor Patrick Burroughs at age 3, and has recently completed her Bachelor of Music in Violin Performance at Wilfrid Laurier University from the studio of Dr. Jeremy Bell.

 

Elena Howard-Scott Elena Howard-Scott (Violin/Vocals)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other (selected): Rinaldo, Svadba (Glenn Gould School Opera); Pamina in Die Zauberflöte (Opera NUOVA); Strike! the Musical, Beauty and the Beast, Ring of Fire (Rainbow Stage); Kiss of the Spider Woman (Dry Cold Productions); Evil Dead, The Rocky Horror Show (Wasteland Productions); Pippin (Winnipeg Studio Theatre). Elena is thrilled to be making her Drayton debut with this fiddlin’ diddlin’ team! Hailing from Winnipeg, Elena is a versatile soprano residing in Toronto, Ontario. Thank you to the family (especially mum, dad, Zander, Adam & Ziggy) for the constant support, and much love to the Fiddler fam for making her feel so welcome & appreciated. Enjoy the show!

 

Stephen Ingram Stephen Ingram (Piano/Vocals)
Drayton Entertainment: Debut. Other Theatre: Home for the Holidays (Theatre Aquarius), Juno’s Reward (Grand Theatre), Ursa (Next Stage Festival), Babble (Expect Theatre), The Haunting of Hungerford House, Aleck Bell (Tweed and Co. Theatre), Glory Days (Upper Canada Playhouse), Plaid Tidings (Sudbury Theatre Centre). Stephen is a graduate of Western University’s Bachelor of Music Honours in Composition program, and in his spare time he is a music teacher, composer and singer/songwriter. He would like to thank his castmates and the amazing Drayton staff, and Mom, Will, and Grey for putting him up for a whole month! Website: www.stephenjamesingram.com

 

Erik Larson Erik Larson (Bass/Vocals)
Drayton Entertainment: Fiddler On The Loose (2019), Music Man, Buddy Holly Story. Other theatre: Legally Blonde, Rocky Horror Show, Hedwig … (Hart House Theatre), Forever Plaid (Starvox Entertainment), Mary Poppins (Young People’s Theatre), On The Town (Theatre Sheridan), Roaring Twenties, Hogan’s Hoedown, Rocky Mountain High (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia). In 2019, Erik became a sub for Mirvish Productions’ smash hit show Come From Away, and worked with Steven Page on his musical workshop Here’s What It Takes at the Stratford Festival. As a jazz player, you can see Erik perform as a member of trumpeter Mike Herriott’s Off The Road Big Band.

 

Dave Robilliard Dave Robilliard (Drums/Vocals)
Drayton Entertainment: Debut. Other theatre: Hogan’s Hoedown, Summer of ’69, Mark Payne’s East Coast Kitchen Party, You’ve Got a Friend, Happy Together 1967, Rockabilly Swingtime, Starbright Christmas (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia), Dreamgirls (Grand Theatre). Musician: Duo Percussion, Windsor Symphony, London Symphonia, Jeans ’n Classics Rock Symphony, Oklahoma City Philharmonic, Hamilton Philharmonic, Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony. Dave is a proud graduate of The University of Western Ontario and Oklahoma City University, and he is honoured to play Pearl/Adams Drums and Concert Percussion and DREAM Cymbals and Gongs. Thank you to my family and friends for their love and support! Website: www.duopercussion.ca

  

The Creative Team

David Hogan David Hogan (Director & Choreographer)
Drayton Entertainment: Fiddler on the Loose, Man of La Mancha, Broadway Heroes, Hollywood Sings, Godspell, The Songs of Sinatra (Director). Blood Brothers (Performer). Other theatre: Co-Artistic Director of the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia (2012 – present), Artistic Producer of the Starbright Summer Festival in Sarnia, ON (2009 – 2011), Producer and Director of Starbright Christmas (2004 – present), Producer and Director of Broadway on the Avenue, Banff, AB (2007 – 2008). Thank you Alex and the Drayton Entertainment family. It is with great pleasure that we are given the opportunity to share Jesse’s exceptional talent. He has been part of D2 Entertainment  for ten plus years and is a world-class entertainer! Thank you for joining us.

Jesse Grandmont Jesse Grandmont (Music Director)
Drayton Entertainment: Canada 151: Better Late Than Sorry, Broadway Heroes. Jesse started playing the violin at the age of three, and has been fiddling around ever since. He has been a recurring cast member at the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia for the last 10 years as well as performing for theatres across the country. Most recently, Jesse spent a year in Dubai where he performed for Expo 2020 Dubai as a featured musical artist. Jesse is so excited to cut loose in Fiddler on the Loose this summer! Jesse thanks D2 Entertainment, Mark Payne and Alex Mustakas for making this show possible, as well as his Mom, Dad, Leah and Maddy for their love and support. Keep fiddlin' and enjoy the show!

Charles Russell Charles Russell (Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment: A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Grease, The Miracle Worker, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Hairspray, Kings & Queens of Country, Million Dollar Quartet, The 39 Steps, All Shook Up, Red Rock Diner, Anything Goes, Sexy Laundry, The Music Man, The Crazy Time, The Wizard of Oz, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Look No Hans!, Godspell (U.S. National Tour), Oliver!, The Love List, Blue Suede Shoes, Harvey. Other theatre: The Wizard of Oz (Charlottetown Festival), Extraordinary, Canada In Love, Dr. Magnificent’s Travelling Medicine Show (Young At Heart Musical Theatre for Seniors). Charles is absolutely ecstatic about the return to theatre and is looking forward to more shows as we cautiously open the doors. Thank you to Alex and Drayton Entertainment for weathering the storm.
 

Stephanie Bignell Stephanie Bignell (Assistant Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment: Annie, Rocky: The Musical, Holiday Inn, Sexy Laundry. Other theatre: Hairspray (Theatre Aquarius). Stephanie is so grateful to be back doing what she loves. Special thank you to Alex for the opportunity, and also to her friends, family and Ryan for all their love and support!