Artwork for Good Ol' Country Gospel

Artist Bios

The Company (In Alphabetical Order)

Alex Baerg Alex Baerg
Drayton Entertainment: Godspell. Other Theatre: Country Sunshine, The Heart and Soul of Broadway, The Fiddler On The Loose, Everything Elvis, Canada Sings, The Fiddler On The Moose, Folks Like Us, Rockabilly Swingtime, Good Ol’ Country Gospel, Rocky Mountain High, East Coast Kitchen Party, You’ve Got A Friend, Murder For 2, Hogan’s Howdown, The VPP Country Christmas Jamboree, Starbright Christmas. Alex Baerg is a singer, guitarist, pianist, and performer from London, ON. He is so happy to finally be back with Drayton Entertainment. Alex would like to thank his beautiful wife, Alessia Lupiano, and his beautiful children, Poppy and Jack Baerg, for their unending support and love.

 

Matt Ballagh Matt Ballagh
Drayton Entertainment: Fiddler on the Loose, 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

Jesse Grandmont Jesse Grandmont
Drayton Entertainment: Fiddler On The Loose, 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. His love of performing has taken him across the world as a fiddler, singer, actor, musical director and arranger. Most recently, Jesse spent a year in Dubai where he performed for Expo 2020 Dubai as a featured musical artist before returning home to star in Fiddler on the Loose with Drayton Entertainment! Jesse thanks D2 and Alex Mustakas for making this show possible as well as his Mom and Dad, Leah and Maddy for their love and support. Keep fiddlin’ and enjoy the show! Instagram: @jaizeviolinist

Leah Grandmont Leah Grandmont
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.

Erik Larson Erik Larson
Drayton Entertainment: Fiddler On The Loose (2019/22), 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
Drayton Entertainment: Fiddler on the Loose. 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 Symphony, 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!

Paul Jerry Schwarz Paul Jerry Schwarz
Drayton Entertainment: Don in Kinky Boots, Good Ol’ Country Gospel. Victoria Playhouse Petrolia: Maxwell Andrews in The Andrews Brothers, Good Ol’ Country Gospel. Humbled to get the call, Paul is thrilled and elated to be making his return to the stage after our time away. With all thanks going to David Rodgers and Alex Mustakas for trusting him once again to bring his voice and talent to the stage.

 

 

Kate Suhr Kate Suhr
Drayton Entertainment: Good Ol’ Country Gospel. Other Theatre (selected): The Verandah Society In Residence at 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), 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. Instagram: @katesuhr

  
  

The Creative Team

David Rogers David Rogers (Director & Choreographer)
Drayton Entertainment: Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Harold Hill in The Music Man, Joseph in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Che in Evita, Broadway Heroes (one-man show), Fiddler on the Loose (Creator), Canada 151, Good Ol‘ Country Gospel (Creator and Director). One of Canada’s leading musical theatre artists, David began his career at the Charlottetown Festival where he first meet Alex Mustakas. Not sure what became of Alex, but David has appeared as a soloist with the Symphony Orchestras of Toronto, Edmonton, Nova Scotia, Sudbury, Kitchener, Florida, National Arts Centre, and Kingston (his home town) as well as many other celebrated concert events. He was a featured vocalist in the Canadian premieres of Kander and Ebb’s The World Goes ‘Round and The Music of Andrew Lloyd Webber, and has played many leading roles in musicals across North America including The Phantom of the Opera, Tommy, Camelot, Cats and Into the Woods. David is the creator of A Starbright Christmas which began at the Stratford Festival Theatre and continues to play at the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia. David is currently the Co- Artistic Director of the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia.

Alex Baerg Alex Baerg (Music Director)
Drayton Entertainment: Godspell. Other Theatre: Country Sunshine, The Heart and Soul of Broadway, The Fiddler On The Loose, Everything Elvis, Canada Sings, The Fiddler On The Moose, Folks Like Us, Rockabilly Swingtime, Good Ol’ Country Gospel, Rocky Mountain High, East Coast Kitchen Party, You’ve Got A Friend, Murder For 2, Hogan’s Howdown, The VPP Country Christmas Jamboree, Starbright Christmas. Alex Baerg is a singer, guitarist, pianist, and performer from London, ON. He is so happy to finally be back with Drayton Entertainment. Alex would like to thank his beautiful wife, Alessia Lupiano, and his beautiful children, Poppy and Jack Baerg, for their unending support and love.

Charles Russell Charles Russell (Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment: Fiddler on the Loose, 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: Fiddler on the Loose, 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!