Dazzling Disney Blockbuster Makes Headlines at the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand BendThursday, June 20, 2019
Extra! Extra! This just in! Disney’s sensational blockbuster musical Newsies leaps onto the stage at the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend for three weeks only. This exciting mega-musical, and winner of the 2012 Tony Award for Best Choreography, will entertain audiences of all generations with its heart, humour, and high-energy dancing from June 27 to July 13. This production marks the Canadian professional premiere of the musical. Read the full release here.
The Rise of Ontario’s Preston Rivulettes Women’s Hockey Team Comes to Life on Stage at the King’s Wharf TheatreMonday, June 17, 2019
She shoots! She scores! A local legacy comes to life on stage as a new Canadian play chronicles the impressive rise of Ontario's Preston Rivulettes women’s hockey team. Drayton Entertainment is proud to present GLORY on stage at the King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene from June 26 to July 6. Read the full release here.
Huron Country Playhouse brings Disney’s Newsies to the stageMonday, June 17, 2019
The Huron Country Playhouse’s season continues with the upcoming production of Disney’s Newsies, a Tony Award winning Broadway musical. Read the full article here.
REVIEW: You’ll Get Used to It … The War Show offers poignant tribute to Second World WarThursday, June 13, 2019
During a year marking the 75th anniversary of D-Day, You’ll Get Used to It … The War Show brings to life the realities of war in a unique, unconventional and rarely experienced way. Read the full review here.
REVIEW: Drayton Entertainment’s ‘Annie’ brings the magicThursday, June 13, 2019
There is a certain sense of responsibility to putting on a production of a beloved classic like Annie. Read the full review here.
She shoots, she scores! Grand Bend play tells incredible hockey storyWednesday, June 12, 2019
One of the greatest Canadian sports stories never told is on stage in Grand Bend. Read the full article here.
Bet your bottom dollar you'll enjoy AnnieMonday, June 10, 2019
The story of optimistic orphan Annie has been told many times. It began as a comic strip, Little Orphan Annie, in 1924 and was based on an 1885 poem. The strip ran until 2010 and was adapted into a radio show in the 1930s, a Broadway musical, and several film versions., where the title was changed to Annie. Read the full review here.
Review: Annie comes to Drayton and the chorus steals the showMonday, June 10, 2019
It's not often the chorus in a musical receives as much praise as the lead actors but in Drayton Festival Theatre's latest rendition of "Annie" the chorus is exceptional. Read the full review here.
Thoroughly Modern Millie: Star Power Comes to Grand BendMonday, June 10, 2019
At first glance, she’s an evil villain, kidnapping young women and selling them into human trafficking. It might be seen as a politically incorrect role, perpetuating a racist stereotype. And in the wrong hands, it could be. Read the full review here.
Cindy Williams says Grand Bend production is Shirley to be a delightSaturday, June 8, 2019
Early in my interview with Cindy Williams — perky, lovable Shirley Feeney on the 1970s sitcom Laverne & Shirley — it becomes obvious that despite her considerable charm, we’re at loggerheads. Read the full article here.
Review: Williams perfectly evil in entertaining Thoroughly Modern MillieFriday, June 7, 2019
Director and choreographer Michael Lichtefeld has delivered a lovely piece of musical theatre filled with laughs, cleverly choreographed dance routines and a few tender, poignant moments to give it touch of true romance. Read the full review here.
Anniversary of D-Day perfect timing for opening night of ‘You’ll Get Used to It!’ in St. JacobsFriday, June 7, 2019
On Thursday night, the 75th anniversary of D-Day, eight actors took to the stage at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse and brought the audience to its feet. Read the full review here.
Laverne & Shirley star Cindy Williams having fun as musical's villain at Huron Country PlayhouseWednesday, June 5, 2019
She’s worked for Oscar-winning film directors, starred on one of the biggest hit comedy shows of the 1970s and ’80s, and has performed on Broadway. Read the full article here.
A Giant Panto Sprouts at the King’s Wharf TheatreFriday, May 31, 2019
Fee‐Fi‐Fo‐Fum, a giant panto your way comes! Magic beans, an enchanted harp, and a hungry giant take over Penetanguishene as a brand new panto version of the popular fairy tale Jack and the Beanstalk hits the stage at the King’s Wharf Theatre from June 5 to June 22. Read the full release here.
It's Back To The Future With the Cambridge RivulettesThursday, May 30, 2019
With the help of a coach, the theatre and a great story, a legendary team from Preston is once again the talk of the town. Read the full article here .
Podcast with Tracey Power, Who Wrote and Choreographed “Glory”Friday, May 24, 2019
Tracey shares her process behind uncovering the true story of a group of scrappy women from Preston, Ontario who defy the stereotypes of their time and become national hockey legends in the 1930s. Listen to the podcast here.
Inspiring Musical Honours 75th Anniversary of D‐Day at St. Jacobs Country PlayhouseThursday, May 23, 2019
In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of D‐Day, the nostalgic musical You’ll Get Used To It! … The War Show is on stage at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse for three weeks only from June 5 to June 22. Audiences are advised to buy tickets as soon as possible as the highly‐anticipated production is already over 70% sold out. Read full release here.
Glory celebrates the rise of women’s hockey in CanadaThursday, May 23, 2019
She shoots, and she does score in Drayton Entertainment’s latest production, Glory, on stage at the Hamilton Family Theatre until June 8. Read full review here.
Rivulettes story of hockey ‘Glory’ really swingsFriday, May 17, 2019
Drayton's newest production "Glory" opened Thursday night to an audience that likely knew little about the determined girls' hockey team from Preston that went on to become Canadian champions in the 1930s. Read full review here.
TV icons, knockout musicals mark Huron Country Playhouse's new seasonThursday, May 16, 2019
Musical-loving denizens of Southwestern Ontario seeking solace and a bit of musical joy this summer will have a wealth of options to choose from, as Grand Bend’s Huron Country Playhouse has announced the lineup for its 2019 summer season. Read full article here.
'Beanstalk' panto flowers at King's Wharf Theatre in PenetanguisheneWednesday, May 15, 2019
King's Wharf Theatre is opening its summer season with Jack and the Beanstalk the Panto June 5 to 22. Regular theatre goers will recognize Justin Bott who is playing Widow Traddle and Tim Porter playing Super Simon. Read the full article here.
Drayton Entertainment casts Little Orphan Annie 12‐year‐old Riley DeLuca to play Annie in Drayton and CambridgeWednesday, May 15, 2019
The sun’ll come out tomorrow for 12‐year‐old Riley DeLuca! After an exhaustive search, Drayton Entertainment has selected the Kilworth, Ontario native to portray the beloved red‐headed orphan in its production of the Broadway musical Annie, which plays at two venues during the not‐for‐profit theatre company’s 2019 Season. Read full release here.
Penetanguishene's King's Wharf Theatre offering fun, facts and farceTuesday, May 14, 2019
A Broadway hit, two classic fairy tales and a new Canadian play will be mounted on the King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene this summer. Read full article here.
Preston Rivulettes a beacon amid struggles in women’s hockeyMonday, May 13, 2019
Norma Hipel, scrappy spirit and winning smile intact, is still with us.
She's no longer a teenage hometown defender for the famed Preston Rivulettes, the dominant women's hockey team of the 1930s. Her last name is now Jacques and the mother of seven, the determined daughter of a long-ago Preston mayor, lives in a residential care in Kelowna, B.C. Her mind is ravaged by dementia. But Norma, who turns 99 on Sept. 2, stubbornly endures. Read full article here.
Helen Keller play in St. Jacobs to have sign language interpreters for performanceFriday, May 3, 2019
An upcoming performance of The Miracle Worker at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse will have American Sign Language interpreters to make it more accessible. Read full article here.
A piece of history pulls into Cambridge with production of GloryWednesday, May 1, 2019
When Geoff Haddaway brought back the Rivulettes name seven years ago to the women’s junior hockey league team in town, he was the one of the few carrying the torch to preserve the original squad’s legacy. Read full article here.
The Miracle Worker: Story of Helen Keller comes alive on St. Jacobs stageSunday, April 28, 2019
Clara Kushnir is a unique force on stage in Drayton Entertainment's newest production "The Miracle Worker," and she's only 12. Read full review here.
The Rise of Cambridge’s Preston Rivulettes Women’s Hockey Team Comes to Life on Stage at the Hamilton Family Theatre CambridgeThursday, April 25, 2019
She shoots! She scores! A local legacy comes to life on stage as a new Canadian play chronicles the impressive rise of Cambridge's Preston Rivulettes Women’s Hockey Team. Drayton Entertainment is proud to present GLORY on stage at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge from May 15 to June 8. Read full release here.
Signed Performance of The Miracle Worker on May 11 at St. Jacobs Country PlayhouseThuesday, April 23, 2019
Drayton Entertainment will present a signed performance of its upcoming production of The Miracle Worker on Saturday, May 11 at 7:30 p.m. at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. The production is on stage from April 24 through May 12. Read full release here.
Voluntarism makes communities thrive, speaker saysThursday, April 18, 2019
In a day and age when volunteerism appears to be declining across the country, the Municipality of West Perth decided to be proactive and formally thank their volunteers last Tuesday, April 9 during what they hope is an annual event. Read full release here.
Creedence Clearwater Revival Tribute on stage at three Drayton Entertainment venuesMonday, April 8, 2019
Calling all fans of Creedence Clearwater Revival! Donʹt miss Green River Revival, the worldʹs #1 international tribute to the legendary band! Produced by Booking House Inc., this high‐energy, harmony‐packed tribute concert will be presented at three Drayton Entertainment venues this year. Read full release here.
Helen Keller’s Inspiring Story Comes to Life on Stage at St. Jacobs Country PlayhouseThursday, April 4, 2019
Based on the extraordinary true story of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan, the inspiring Tony Award©-winning play The Miracle Worker is on stage at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse for three weeks only from April 24 to May 12. Audiences are advised to buy tickets as soon as possible as the production is already 70% sold out. Read the full release here.
King’s Wharf Theatre Wins Ambassador Award at Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce Business Excellence AwardsWednesday, March 27, 2019
The King’s Wharf Theatre, operated by Drayton Entertainment, was honoured at the Southern Georgian Bay Chamber of Commerce Business Achievement Awards in the category of Ambassador at a gala ceremony held at the Quality Inn & Conference Centre in Midland last night. Read the full release here.
Laverne and Shirley star to perform at Huron Country PlayhouseMonday, March 25, 2019
Seventies television star Cindy Williams, best known for her role as Shirley Feeney in Laverne & Shirley, will be gracing the main stage at Grand Bend’s Huron Country Playhouse in June, starring as Mrs. Meers in Drayton Entertainment’s production of the hit Broadways musical comedy Thoroughly Modern Millie. Read the full article here.
Laverne and Shirley star to perform at Huron Country PlayhouseTuesday, March 19, 2019
Laverne and Shirley star Cindy Williams will be in Grand Bend to star in the hit musical Thoroughly Modern Millie in June. Read the full article here.
Priscilla Queen of the Desert is a provocative and fun musicalSunday, March 17, 2019
Drayton Entertainment's new show, "Priscilla Queen of the Desert The Musical" is a whole lot of outrageous fun with a touch of tenderness. Read the full review here.
A Drag Race Across the OutbackSaturday, March 16, 2019
Take a cult movie, spin it into a jukebox musical, add fabulous costumes and a bus for a set, and you get Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Based on an Australian-made film, it’s the story of two drag queens and a transgender woman who travel across the Australian desert in an old bus, which they have christened Priscilla. Along the way, they sing and dance to familiar hit songs of the past. These tunes become all-out big-time musical numbers. Read the full review here.
Hollywood Icon to Star in Thoroughly Modern Millie at the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand BendFriday, March 15, 2019
The bustling beach town of Grand Bend will be even busier this June as a beloved Hollywood star arrives in town. Iconic television actor Cindy Williams, best known for her role as Shirley Feeney on the classic sitcom Laverne & Shirley will play the role of Mrs. Meers in Drayton Entertainment’s production of the hit Broadway musical comedy, Thoroughly Modern Millie. The production launches the 2019 Season at the Huron Country Playhouse running from June 5 to June 22 on the Mainstage. Read the full release here.
This Musical Road Trip Is Anything But A DragThursday, March 14, 2019
The Australian outback isn’t the only wild part of the decidedly atypical road trip we take with a cast of colourful characters in the Tony-Award winning musical, Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, now on stage at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. Read the full article here.
Drayton Entertainment’s Rocky: The Musical a knockoutWednesday, March 13, 2019
Is it a boxing match or a musical? At times throughout Rocky: The Musical the line is blurred and it’s only the slow motion punches that remind the audience the fight isn’t actually real. Read the full review here.
Rocky the Musical makes a knockout Canadian debut in CambridgeSaturday, March 9, 2019
It's hard to imagine how a film about a boxer could be turned into a musical, but this one works, largely due to the superb cast and innovative scriptwriting. Read the full review here.
Glittering Broadway Blockbuster Opens the Season at the St. Jacobs Country PlayhouseMonday, March 4, 2019
Get your glitter on and take the ride of your life across the fabulous Australian outback with the hilarious and heartwarming Tony Award©-winning musical Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Based on the Academy Award©-winning film of the same name, this sparkling stage adaptation launches the 2019 Season in style at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse from March 13 to April 7. Read the full release here.
Drayton Boxer-in-chief Takes on Rocky: The MusicalThursday, February 28, 2019
The hardest thing for Alex Kelly about playing the iconic Sylvester Stallone role in the Drayton production of "Rocky: The Musical" wasn't, oddly, the parry and thrust of the boxing ring. Read the full article here.
'Yo Adrian': 'Rocky: The Musical' to come out swinging in CambridgeSunday, February 17, 2019
Bell rings for stage version of Oscar-winning film March 6. Read the full article here.
P.E.I.’s Alex Kelly lands lead role in “Rocky: The Musical”Saturday, February 9, 2019
Alex Kelly has big gloves to fill next month. The Canadian actor has landed the lead in “Rocky: The Musical” at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge. Read the full article here.
Solo Circus Coming to Cambridge for March BreakMonday, February 4, 2019
Step right up and join us for a sensational mini Cirque du Soleil at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge. Children and parents alike will be captivated by the amazing tricks and high energy physical feats in March Break Solo Circus on stage Monday, March 11 and Tuesday, March 12 at 10:30 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. each day. Read the full release here.
Knockout Cast Announced for Rocky: The MusicalFriday, February 1, 2019
Drayton Entertainment is pleased to announce casting for Rocky: The Musical. This adrenaline-fueled musical based on Sylvester Stallone’s Academy© Award-winning film will launch the 2019 Season at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge. The production will run for four weeks from March 6 to March 31. Read the full release here.
Youth auditions upcoming at PlayhouseSunday, January 27, 2019
Young people interested in acting, singing and dancing will have the chance to display and develop their skills at an upcoming audition in Grand Bend for Drayton Entertainment’s Youth Musical Theatre Program. Read the full article here.
Wanted: Simcoe County Kids Who are 'Obsessed With Musical Theatre'Sunday, January 27, 2019
An award-winning not-for-profit theatre company is looking for local children who love to sing, dance and act. Read the full article here.
American Icons Tribute Show On Sale NowFriday, January 25, 2019
One stage! Five legends! Many hits! Relive the songs of some of rock ‘n’ roll’s greatest performers with a concert guaranteed to have audiences dancing in the aisles. Drayton Entertainment is proud to present TVB Productions’ high-energy tribute concert American Icons at four venues this spring. Read the full release here.
Speakers Announced for Leadercast 2019Friday, January 18, 2019
The complete list of speakers has been announced for Leadercast. Drayton Entertainment and the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce will once again team up to host the educational event aimed at developing leaders across all industries and at any career level, so they are better equipped to take on the next challenge and inspire others. The 2019 event will be streamed live at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge on Friday, May 10. Read the full release here.
Beethoven, Broadway, Billy Joel and more!Monday, January 14, 2019
Celebrate the most romantic day of the year with a sensational concert featuring Ontario's popular piano man. Backed by the Cambridge Symphony Orchestra, virtuoso pianist Mark Payne tickles the ivories performing a hit parade of memorable tunes from rock 'n' roll classics and jazz standards to movie hits and more in the concert I Love A Piano. Read the full release here.
Drayton Entertainment announces youth auditions for 2019 seasonWednesday, January 9, 2019
Drayton Entertainment will be holding auditions next month for its upcoming Youth Musical Theatre Programs and Children’s Chorus. Read the full release here.
Youth Auditions Announced for 2019 SeasonTuesday, January 8, 2019
Drayton Entertainment is pleased to announce auditions for its upcoming Youth Musical Theatre Programs and Children’s Chorus opportunities in four regions across the province. The award-winning not-for-profit theatre company has been steadily growing its training offerings for young performers over the past several years including launching the now popular Youth Musical Theatre Program, which will return for a fourth year. Read the full release here.
Alex Mustakas Started With ‘A Little Opera House’ and Turned it into One of Canada’s Most Successful Theatre CompaniesWednesday, January 2, 2019
Usually when I email someone 30 in-depth questions about their life and motivations — after an initial face-to-face interview — they like to mull it over for a few days, then a few more days, then a week or two, until finally they forget about it and I have to bombard them with phone calls and emails saying, “Don’t make me come to your house!” Read the full article here.
Drayton Entertainment Announces Elf: The Musical for Christmas 2019 in CambridgeMonday, December 17, 2018
After weeks of speculation, Drayton Entertainment’s Artistic Director Alex Mustakas has finally announced the title of the surprise holiday musical on stage next Christmas – and it’s based on a blockbuster movie. Everyone’s favorite elf will be coming to Cambridge as the hit holiday classic, ELF: The Musical hits the stage at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge from November 20 to December 22 next year. Read the full release here.
Leadercast - The World’s Largest Leadership Event Returns to CambridgeMonday, November 26, 2018
The world’s largest leadership event is back by popular demand! Drayton Entertainment and the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce will once again team up to host Leadercast, an educational event aimed at developing leaders across all industries and at any career level, so they are better equipped to take on the next challenge and inspire others. The 2019 event will be streamed live at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge on Friday, May 10. Read the full release here.
Drayton Entertainment Announces 2019 SeasonTuesday, September 11, 2018
Drayton Entertainment will present a knockout playbill in 2019 packed with Broadway blockbusters, hilarious comedies, captivating dramas, stirring tributes and a number of fun‐filled family musicals and pantos. Artistic Director Alex Mustakas continues his bid to bring a wide variety of crowd‐pleasing productions to the award‐winning charitable not‐for‐profit theatre organization’s seven stages throughout Ontario. Read the full release here.
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