Priscilla, Queen of the Desert at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse

Artist Bios

The Cast

George Absi (Buttons/Scab) George Absi (Buttons/Scab)
Drayton Entertainment: Priscilla Queen of the Desert. Other theatre: Mamma Mia! (Aquarius/Weston Theatre), Beauty and the Beast (Neptune Theatre), Just Rock/Formidable (Carnival Cruise Line), Notre Dame De Paris (Betty Oliphant Theatre). Film/TV: Once Upon A Time (ABC), Schitt’s Creek (Netflix), The Handmaid’s Tale (Hulu), Let’s Go Luna (PBS Kids), Full Out (Family Channel/Netflix); PanAm Opening/Closing Ceremonies (Cirque Du Soleil/CTV); Toronto Breakfast Television, Party Mamas (Slice Network), Threads (TIFF), commercials for Cineplex, Tim Hortons and Pizza Hut. George has worked with international artists such as Psy (MMVA’s), Deborah Cox, Kreesha Turner, Fefe Dobson, and Classified. AD/Choreographer (T.D.C Ent.). Love and thanks to my agent, family and friends. @georgeabsi

Josh Assor (Race) Josh Assor* (Race) 
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Broadway: Neleus in Mary Poppins. National Tours: Assistant Dance Captain in Disney’s Newsies, Mary Poppins (Disney), The Wizard of Oz (Troika/Mirvish). Other: West Side Story (Stratford Festival), Joseph…, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid (Rainbow Stage), Saturday Night Live (NBC). Choreography: Medicine (Off Broadway), New York Fashion Week, Audi, Cinderella, Mary Poppins (Lyceum), Associate Choreographer of the Saturday Night Fever National Tour (Northcore). Josh is currently a faculty member at the Broadway Dance Center. http://www.joshassorofficial.com Instagram: @josh_assor.
 

Alex Batycki (Mush/Morris Delancey) Alex Batycki (Mush/Morris Delancey)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Eclipse Theatre Company), On the Town (Theatre Sheridan). Film/TV: Promotional Commercial (Sask Express). A proud prairie boy and originally from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Alex moved out east to pursue a post-secondary education at Sheridan College, where he is currently in the fourth and final year of his Bachelor of Music Theatre Performance degree. He is excited to be making his Drayton Entertainment debut with Disney’s Newsies.
 

 

Keiran Bohay (Finch/Spot) Keiran Bohay (Finch/Spot)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Mary Poppins, Beauty and the Beast (Arts Club), Peter Pan, Oliver! (Citadel), Kiss Me Kate (ELOPE). Film/TV: A Cinderella Story: Christmas Wish (Netflix), Descendants 2 (Disney), The Inbetween (NBC), Once Upon A Time (ABC), The Flash, iZombie (The CW). Keiran is extremely excited to make the trip from Vancouver to debut in one of his favourite shows, Disney’s Newsies! He’d like to give a shout out to all of his family and friends for their support. Hi Mom! @keiran.bohay

 

Ethan Bucholtz (Elmer/Oscar Delancey) Ethan Bucholtz (Elmer/Oscar Delancey)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Guys and Dolls, Race in Disney’s Newsies (Holy Cross Catholic Secondary School), The Wizard of Oz (Moonpath Productions). Ethan has been a competitive dancer for twelve years at various studios in eastern Ontario. He is a recipient of the Jacques Foesier Ontario Youth Dance Award. Thank you to Caroline Smith, Diego Arvelo, Shannon Perugino, Stacey Check-Drumm, Vince Stabile and many other teachers for their knowledge and encouragement through the years. A special thank you to family and friends for their continued love and support. Remember to ‘Seize the Day’! Instagram: @buch0ltz
 

George Burden-Cheresna (Darcy/Splasher/Scab) George Burden-Cheresna (Darcy/Splasher/Scab)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Film/TV: Extra in The Next Step (Family Channel). George has won national dance titles against participants from countries all over the world. George is a proud graduate of Canterbury High School of the Performing Arts. I would like to thank my Mom, my sister Jessica, and Jessica’s boyfriend Brent for all of their support. Thank you for attending our performance, please enjoy the show. George can be found on Instagram at @Georgeburdenn.


 

Louise Camilleri(Nun/Hannah/Bowery Beauty) Louise Camilleri (Nun/Hannah/Bowery Beauty)
Drayton Entertainment: Ghost: The Musical, Anita in West Side Story. Other theatre: Swing in The Lord of the Rings world premiere, Swing/Dance Captain in Mamma Mia! (Mirvish), Swing/Dance Captain in Showboat world premiere (Toronto/Broadway), Featured dancer Sophisticated Ladies (U.S. National Tour/Mercedes Ellington). Film/TV: Superstar, Blues Brothers 2000, Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure (Disney). Concerts: guest soloist with The Canadian Tenors, featured singer with Josh Groban (ACC), vocalist with Lorraine Segato and The Parachute Club. Wife to Mark, mother to Andrew and Adrian, and founder of LC Natural Health & Beauty. All my love and gratitude to my family for their constant support. www.louisecamilleri.com

Michael Cox (Seitz/Stage Manager) Michael Cox (Seitz/Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment: Kings & Queens of Country, Les Misérables. Other theatre (selected): Mamma Mia! (Citadel Theatre), ONCE (Neptune), Chasse-Galerie (Soulpepper/Storefront Theatre), American Idiot (Winnipeg Studio Theatre), Bombers: Reaping the Whirlwind (4th Line Theatre), HAIR (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), Les Misérables, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story (Rainbow Stage), Next to Normal (Theatre Calgary/Citadel Theatre), Mary’s Wedding (Stephenville Theatre Festival), Come From Away (Theatre Sheridan/Canadian Musical Theatre Project). Michael is a proud graduate of Sheridan College’s Music Theatre Performance Program. Thanks to everyone at The Talent House, his family, friends, and his wife Julia for all their love and support. Instagram: @mikecoxjresq.

Simone A Denny (Medda Larkin) Simone A Denny (Medda Larkin)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Dinah Washington and Mamma Troy in Mama I Want to Sing. Simone Denny is a multi-Juno Award winner, and the former front woman of Canadian dance music super group Love Inc. She is best known for her dance anthem “You’re A Superstar”. Simone has toured extensively across Canada, United States, Europe and Australia. She is the original vocalist of the theme song to the Emmy award-winning show Queer Eye for the Straight Guy (NBC/Bravos). Simone is known for her philanthropy supporting: The Starlight Foundation, Breast Cancer, HIV Awareness & Support, Women’s College Hospital, and Doctors Without Borders. Thanks to NLM, family and friends. @simonedennymusic
 

Graeme Goodhall (Tommy Boy/Scab) Graeme Goodhall(Tommy Boy/Scab)
Drayton Entertainment: Man of La Mancha, The Little Mermaid, West Side Story, Beauty and the Beast, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Singin’ in the Rain, Footloose, Mamma Mia!, All Shook Up, Anne of Green Gables, The Music Man. Other theatre: Otello (Canadian Opera Company), West Side Story, Cyrano De Bergerac (Stratford), Beauty and the Beast (Aquarius). Film/TV: regular on Hellcats (CW Network), Reign, Mirror Mirror, Carrie, Full Out, Odd Squad, Warehouse 13, This Means War. When off stage, he enjoys longboarding, rock climbing, reading, dancing, hiking, yoga and golf. Thank you for seizing the day and supporting Drayton Entertainment’s Disney’s Newsies! Instagram: @Graeme008
 

Daniel Greenberg  (Davey/Ensemble) Daniel Greenberg (Davey/Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: The Last Five Years (YRG), Queen's We Will Rock You (International Tour), Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change, Joseph..., All Shook Up, The Wedding Singer (Stage West), The Addams Family, Legally Blonde, Shrek, Beauty and the Beast (Neptune), The Little Mermaid, All Shook Up (Globe), Pinocchio (Torrent), Hairspray (Rainbow). Film/TV: Reign (CW/CBS), Hardcore Heroes (DHH), Baxter (Shaftesbury). Daniel would like to extend his utmost thanks to Alex, David, Marc, and Mark, Bruce and The Talent House, his whole fam-jam, and his ninja partner-in-crime, Kyla. Instagram: @danielstephengreenberg
 

Taran Kim  (Albert/Ensemble) Taran Kim (Albert/Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: On the Town (Theatre Sheridan), Kiss of the Spiderwoman (Eclipse Theatre). Thank you to my family, friends and Kait for the unwavering support and to all the amazing artists in my life that inspire me every single day. Instagram: @taran_kim
 


 

Julia McLellan (Katherine Plummer) Julia McLellan (Katherine Plummer)
Drayton Entertainment: Annabelle Glick in Lucky Stiff, Kings & Queens of Country, Ariel in Footloose, Snow White in Snow White: The Panto. Other theatre: Kinky Boots (Broadway/1st National Tour/Mirvish), Val in A Chorus Line, Hypochondriac (Stratford), Dorothy Gale alternate in The Wizard of Oz (1st National Tour/Mirvish), Ariel in Footloose (Rainbow Stage). Julia is over the moon to be joining her Drayton Entertainment family for this dream show. She would love to thank her husband Mike, her incredible parents, Bruce and The Talent House gang, and Alex and David for inviting her on this journey. Find her online at www.juliamclellan.com or on instagram @juliaemilymclellan.
 

Kyla Musselman (Nun/Woman/Bowery Beauty) Kyla Musselman (Nun/Woman/Bowery Beauty)
Drayton Entertainment: Snow White: The Panto. Other theatre: Jersey Boys, Legally Blonde, I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change (Stage West), Mamma Mia!, All Shook Up (Globe Theatre), Saturday Night Fever (North American Tour/Northcore Prod.) Shrek, The Addams Family, Mary Poppins (Neptune Theatre), Crazy For You, My Fair Lady (Capitol Theatre), and three seasons with the Charlottetown Festival. Film/TV: Bella Cinderella (Disney/ Spin Master Toys), PanAm Games (CBC). Kyla is co-host of the musical theatre podcast Tits and Teeth. Thanks to Alex, David, Marc and Mark, The Talent House, my beautiful family, and my man candy, Greenberg. Instagram: @kymussels @titsandteethpodcast
 

Gregory Pember  (Crutchie) Gregory Pember (Crutchie)
Drayton Entertainment: 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: 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

Kale Penny (Jack Kelly) Kale Penny (Jack Kelly)
Drayton Entertainment: Man of La Mancha, Canada 151, Drew in Rock of Ages. Other theatre: Carl Perkins in Million Dollar Quartet, Drew in Rock of Ages, Godspell (Arts Club), Million Dollar Quartet (Theatre Aquarius/Citadel), Alice vs. Wonderland (Music Director/Band Leader), Cruel Tears/Lágrimas Crueles, Arms and the Man, Little Shop of Horrors (Blue Bridge). Kale is also an accomplished musician and songwriter, and sings for the corporate event band, Side One. Kale will have his debut EP ‘The Tracks’ available after the show. Love to The Talent House Gang. The most love to Lauren for agreeing to marry me. 09/14/19. Instagram: @kalepenny7 www.kalepenny.com
 

Stephen Sparks (Pulitzer) Stephen Sparks (Pulitzer)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Screwball Comedy, Norman Bray in the Performance of His Life (Theatre Orangeville), Baskerville, Test Drive, Real Estate, Same Time Next Year (Lighthouse Festival), Man of La Mancha (Globe Theatre), The Sound of Music (Persephone), and many more. Film/TV: Reign (CW), Warehouse 13 (Syfy), Mayday (Discovery/National Geographic), Suits (Universal), and many more. Along with his wife, Shelley Hoffman, Stephen penned the play Buying the Farm, which is being produced in theatres across the country. Isn’t that neat?

 

Eamon Stocks (Romeo) Eamon Stocks (Romeo)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Billy Elliot in Billy Elliot: The Musical (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), Misha in The Nutcracker (The National Ballet of Canada), Jean Valjean in Les Misérables (First Act Youth Company). Film/TV: The Next Step, Dark Haven High: Class of X (DHX Family), Cradle to Grave: Four Billion Heartbeats (National Geographic). Eamon would like to thank his friends and family for their undying support, his voice, acting and dance teachers for getting him to this point, and to the cast and crew of this brilliant show. Instagram: @eamonstocks

 

Robbie Towns  (Nunzio/Weisel/Mayor/ Policeman/Ensemble) Robbie Towns (Nunzio/Weisel/Mayor/ Policeman/Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Shear Madness. Other theatre: Mamma Mia! (Citadel), Bittergirl (Globe), Our Man in Havana (Vertigo), Rock of Ages (Arts Club), All Shook Up (Mayfield), Legally Blonde (Savoy West End), Scrooge (Palladium), Lift (Soho Theatre), The Tempest (Theatre Royal), Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike (Persephone), Much Ado About Nothing, Othello (Shakespeare on the Saskatchewan), Evita (U.K. Tour), Desire Under the Elms (Citizens Theatre), Wild Honey (RCS), [title of show] (Edinburgh Festival). Robbie has two SAT Award’s for Outstanding Performance as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing, and for Our Man In Havana. Twitter/Instagram: @robbietowns

Jesse Weafer (Specs) Jesse Weafer (Specs)
Drayton Entertainment: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, West Side Story, Hairspray, Footloose, Big Band Legends. Other theatre: Kinky Boots, North American Tour of The Wizard of Oz, We Will Rock You, Hairspray (Mirvish), Jersey Boys (Stage West Calgary) Cirque du Soleil’s Criss Angel Believe (Las Vegas), Hairspray (1st U.S. Broadway National Tour), Hello Dolly!, The Tempest (Stratford Festival). Film/TV: Mirror Mirror, Carrie, IQ in Hairspray. Jesse thanks his family and friends for their continuous love and support. Enjoy the show! Instagram: @jweafer

 

Thomas Winiker (Les) Thomas Winiker (Les)
Drayton Entertainment: 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), Willy Wonka in Willa Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, Tin Man in The Wizard of Oz, Simba in The Lion King (Act One Productions). Thomas is so excited to be back with Drayton Entertainment in Newsies! Love to Mom, Dad, Mikey and Lukas for their constant support. Huge thanks to Alex and David for this opportunity, and Stephen, Peter and Frank at da Costa Talent for believing in me. Seize the Day! Instagram: @thomaswiniker
 

Sandy Winsby (Bunsen/Roosevelt/Snyder/ Jacobi/Ensemble) Sandy Winsby (Bunsen/Roosevelt/Snyder/Jacobi/Ensemble)
Drayton Entertainment: I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Annie Get Your Gun, Carousel, The Pirates of Penzance. Other theatre: Ragtime (Broadway/U.S. National Tour), four seasons with the Stratford Festival, including Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway), six seasons with the Charlottetown Festival, and he appeared in the original Canadian Companies of CATS, Les Misérables, Beauty and the Beast, and Kinky Boots. Sandy has 40 years in the “Biz” from Victoria to Halifax, from Opera to Farce. Sandy is a playwright, director, proud father and grandfather. He is very pleased to be working with Drayton Entertainment again! Thank you audience, for supporting live theatre!

The Creative Team

David Connolly (Director & Choreographer) David Connolly (Director)
Drayton Entertainment: Annie, Priscilla Queen of the Desert, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Hairspray, HONK!, Lucky Stiff, Singin’ in the Rain, Cinderella: The Panto, Red Rock Diner, Mamma Mia!, Aladdin: The Panto, Snow White: The Panto, Peter Pan: The Panto, Legally Blonde, High School Musical, Miss Saigon and Crazy For You. TV: The Moblees, Andrew Lloyd Webberʼs How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? and The Doodlebops. David holds an Honours Bachelor Degree of Musical Theatre from Sheridan College and is a Premier of Ontario Award of Excellence recipient. Thank you to Alex, Marc, Mark and the Drayton Entertainment family.
 

Marc Kimelman (Choreographer) Marc Kimelman (Choreographer)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre (selected): Associate Choreographer for A Bronx Tale (Broadway/National Tour). Assistant Choreographer for Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway), Queen's We Will Rock You (National Tour). Choreographer for Saturday Night Fever (National Tour), Man of La Mancha (Stratford Shakespeare Festival), Play It Cool, The Apple Boys (Off-Broadway), Once On This Island (Dora Award for Outstanding Choreography), and numerous regional projects across North America. Film/TV: Degrassi: The Next Generation, Instant Star, Don’t Talk to Irene (feature film starring Geena Davis). Marc is a movement consultant for Vogue magazine (Annie Leibovitz, Charlize Theron). Upcoming: Billy Elliot (GoodSpeed Opera House). www.marckimelman.com

Mark Camilleri  (Music Director) Mark Camilleri (Music Director)
Drayton Entertainment: West Side Story, Disney’s High School Musical, Broadway Heroes, Moments to Remember. Other theatre: Mamma Mia!, Dirty Dancing, Funny Girl, Nine, The Secret Garden. Concerts/ Recordings: Celine Dion, Sting, The Tenors, Marvin Hamlisch, David Foster, Sarah McLachlin, Seth McFarlane, Il Divo, Paul Anka. Mark is glad to be back working with Drayton Entertainment, and is especially thrilled to be working with his wife, Louise Camilleri.


 

Brian Dudkiewicz  (Set Designer) Brian Dudkiewicz (Set Designer)
Drayton Entertainment: Rocky: The Musical. Recent credits: Jukebox Hero (Ed Mirvish Theatre/Jubilee Theatre), Indecent, Million Dollar Quartet (Segal Center), Bad Jews (Harold Green), Boys, Girls & Other Mythological Creatures (Carousel Players), Orphans (Coal Mine), A Room of my Own, Hal & Bee, Unseamly, and many others (Off-Broadway), Buyer and Cellar (Weston Playhouse), Into the Woods (St. Petersburg Opera), Evita, Next to Normal (Resident Theatre). Brian holds an M.F.A. in Set Design from Yale University, and a Bachelor in Architecture from McGill. www.briandudkiewicz.com.

 

Rachel Berchtold  (Co-Costume Designer) Rachel Berchtold (Co-Costume Designer)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Annie, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Holiday Inn, The Drowsy Chaperone, Beauty and the Beast, HONK!, Million Dollar Quartet, Joseph…, Sister Act, Cinderella, Anything Goes, Mamma Mia!, Anne of Green Gables, The Music Man, Snow White, The Wizard of Oz, Les Misérables, Mary Poppins, and many more. Other theatre: Million Dollar Quartet (Stage West/Mirvish), Aladdin (Silver Mist), The King and I, Crazy For You, Can-Can, Big: The Musical (Theatre Under the Stars), My Favorite Year, Pride and Prejudice, Cyrano de Bergerac, NINE, Nunsense, Into The Woods (Randolph). Many thanks to David, Addie, Nicole and Jess. This one is for my family.
 

Adrienne Pink  (Co-Costume Designer) Adrienne Pink (Co-Costume Designer)
Drayton Entertainment: Costume Design: Rocky: The Musical, Ghost: The Musical, Rock of Ages, All Shook Up, Smokey Joe’s Café. Assistant Costume Design: Beauty and the Beast, Les Misérables, Disney’s Mary Poppins, The Wizard of Oz, The Sound of Music. Other theatre: Costume Design for Romeo and Juliet, The Little Prince, Twelfth Night, The Secret Garden (Resurgence Theatre Company). TV/Film: The Strain (FX), The Rocky Horror Picture Show (Fox Television), The Secret Life of Marilyn Monroe (Lifetime Television). Adrienne dedicates this one to her rock, Carl.
 

 

Kaileigh Krysztofiak  (Lighting Designer) Kaileigh Krysztofiak (Lighting Designer)
Drayton Entertainment: Ghost: The Musical, HONK!, Joseph…. Other theatre (selected): Othello, The Comedy of Errors (Stratford Festival), After the Fire (Punctuate!, Theatre Centre), Harvest (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Lo or Dear Mr. Wells (Nightwood), Salt-Water Moon (Mirvish/Factory/Why Not), El Reterno (Riser Project), The Emancipation of Ms. Lovely, Breath in Between (Crow’s), Superior Donuts (Coal Mine), Laurier (Charlottetown/TNB), Beaver (Storefront), Noises Off (Soulpepper), A Line in the Sand, The Crackwalker (Factory Theatre). Kaileigh has designed for musicians Elizabeth Shepherd, Nagata Shachu, and Plants and Animals. She is an alumna and instructor at the National Theatre School of Canada, and a two-time Dora nominee.

Dustyn Wales (Stage Manager) Dustyn Wales (Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre (selected): Over 60 productions across Canada including: The Gigli Concert, Billy Bishop Goes to War, Glengarry Glen Ross, Faith Healer, Travesties, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (Soulpepper), Light in The Piazza, Craigslist Cantata (Musical Stage), You Dance (National Ballet), A Man A Fish (Persephone), Musical of Musicals (Mirvish), I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change (Angelwalk), i think i can, The Great Mountain, Blue Planet (YPT), Jesus Christ Superstar, The Tempest, The Great American Trailer Park Musical, Into the Woods (Hart House), Pan Am Games. Upcoming: Launch Pad (Musical Stage), Rocky Horror Show (Hart House).
 

Jordan Guetter (Assistant Stage Manager) Jordan Guetter (Assistant Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre (selected): Chariots of Fire, A Christmas Carol (Grand Theatre), Passing Strange (Musical Stage Co./Obsidian), Oksana G. (Tapestry Opera), Treemonisha (Volcano), The Brothers Size, Hosanna, The Odd Couple, The Testament of Mary (Soulpepper), The Ballad of Stompin’ Tom (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Good Morning Viet Mom (Cahoots), Stage Fright (Lighthouse), One Slight Hitch, Halfway There (Upper Canada Playhouse).


 

Mel Watkins  (Assistant Stage Manager) Mel Watkins (Assistant Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: The Rainbow Fish, Guess How Much I Love You (International Tours/Mermaid Theatre), A Little Night Music (Patrick Street Productions), Pride and Prejudice, Grace & Glorie, A Christmas Story, Ring of Fire, Twist and Shout (Chemainus Theatre Festival), Ring of Fire (Globe Theatre), Long Day’s Journey into Night (Blue Bridge Repertory Theatre), Steel Magnolias, Lights Camera … Christmas!, Lend Me a Tenor, A Bedfull of Foreigners (Upper Canada Playhouse), On a First Name Basis, Henry and Alice (Lighthouse Festival Theatre), Queen Milli of Galt (Theatre Aquarius).
 

Josh Assor (Race) Josh Assor* (Assistant  Choreographer
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Broadway: Neleus in Mary Poppins. National Tours: Assistant Dance Captain in Disney’s Newsies, Mary Poppins (Disney), The Wizard of Oz (Troika/Mirvish). Other: West Side Story (Stratford Festival), Joseph…, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid (Rainbow Stage), Saturday Night Live (NBC). Choreography: Medicine (Off Broadway), New York Fashion Week, Audi, Cinderella, Mary Poppins (Lyceum), Associate Choreographer of the Saturday Night Fever National Tour (Northcore). Josh is currently a faculty member at the Broadway Dance Center. http://www.joshassorofficial.com Instagram: @josh_assor.
 

Joe Bostick  (Fight Director) Joe Bostick (Fight Director)
Drayton Entertainment: The Miracle Worker, Rocky: The Musical, Beauty and the Beast, One for the Pot, Deathtrap, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, Crazy for You. Other theatre (selected): Miss Saigon, Les Misérables, Ragtime (Broadway & U.S. National Tours), Les Misérables, Heart of Robin Hood, Dirty Dancing, The Lord of the Rings, Beauty and the Beast (Mirvish), Heart of Robin Hood (National Theatre, Iceland/Grand Theatre, Hong Kong), Beauty and the Beast (Aquarius), Trainspotting (Canadian Stage), Romeo and Juliet (Theatre by the Bay), I Hate Hamlet (Stage West). Trained with S.A.F.D and various Fight Masters. Founding member of Fight Directors Canada. Love to Stephanie, Devon and Jesse.

The Band

Mark Camilleri  (Music Director/Keys I) Mark Camilleri (Music Director/Keys I)
Drayton Entertainment: West Side Story, Disney’s High School Musical, Broadway Heroes, Moments to Remember. Other theatre: Mamma Mia!, Dirty Dancing, Funny Girl, Nine, The Secret Garden. Concerts/ Recordings: Celine Dion, Sting, The Tenors, Marvin Hamlisch, David Foster, Sarah McLachlin, Seth McFarlane, Il Divo, Paul Anka. Mark is glad to be back working with Drayton Entertainment, and is especially thrilled to be working with his wife, Louise Camilleri.


 

Peter Bleakney (Bass) Peter Bleakney (Bass)
Drayton Entertainment: Priscilla Queen of the Desert, The Wizard of Oz, Footloose, Twist & Shout: The British Invasion, Legally Blonde, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Monty Python’s Spamalot, 9 To 5: The Musical, Peter Pan, Hairspray, Blood Brothers. Other theatre: Peter played bass for the Toronto productions of Mamma Mia! (Mirvish), Kinky Boots (Mirvish), We Will Rock You (Mirvish), Ross Petty's Panto productions and Jersey Boys (Dancap). After 24 years of touring and recording with Anne Murray, Peter says he almost has Snowbird memorized. Peter is thrilled to be rockin’ in the pit with his musical buddies.
 

Pol Coussée  (Sax/Flute) Pol Coussée (Sax/Flute)
Drayton Entertainment: West Side Story, Anything Goes, Chicago, The Wizard of Oz, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Big Band Legends, Swing!, Legends. Other theatre: Legends (Grand), Dirty Dancing (Mirvish), Come Fly With Me (Four Seasons Centre for the Performing Arts), 9 To 5: The Musical (Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts), West Side Story (National Arts Centre Ottawa/Toronto Centre for the Performing Arts). Pol lived in London, England for 17 years working in the West End theatre district, shows include: Chicago, Blood Brothers, Jesus Christ Superstar, Fame, CATS, Starlight Express, and Crazy For You.
 

Dave Dunlop  (Trumpet) Dave Dunlop (Trumpet)
Drayton Entertainment: West Side Story, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Anything Goes, Chicago, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Big Band Legends, Legends, The Mikado. Other theatre: Chicago, Fosse, Crazy For You, Ain’t Too Proud. Dave has performed with Michael Bublé, Shania Twain, and Paul Anka. His CD The Hang was released in 2006. Dave has played with John MacLeod’s Rex Hotel Orchestra, The Spitfire Band, and Rob McConnell’s Boss Brass to name a few.

 

Peter Hysen  (Trombone) Peter Hysen (Trombone)
Drayton Entertainment: Holiday Inn, West Side Story, The Drowsy Chaperone, Anything Goes, The Music Man, Chicago, Big Band Legends, How to Succeed…. Peter Hysen is a freelance trombone, bass trombone, tuba, acoustic bass player and arranger. He performed five seasons on bass trombone and tuba at the Stratford Festival. He orchestrated an entire evening for Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter Alex Cuba that was performed with both Orchestra London and the KW Symphony. Peter recently played bass trombone on the “Cuphead” video game soundtrack which has sold over 3 million copies.
 

Ben Riley (Drums/Percussion) Ben Riley (Drums/Percussion)
Drayton Entertainment: West Side Story. Other theatre: Drummer for Jukebox Hero (Mirvish, Toronto), Knishes ’n Grits (Harold Green Theatre Co.). Substitute Drummer/Percussionist for The Bodyguard and The Lorax (Mirvish, Toronto). Ben has toured and recorded with international artists Bruce Cockburn, Holly Cole, David Clayton Thomas, Bowfire, Michael Kaeshammer, Sophie Milman, Moe Koffman, Molly Johnson, Florence K, Bernie Senensky and Matt Dusk, among others. Ben is a graduate of York University. He has composed works in various idioms for a variety of ensembles. Instagram: @benrileydrums www.benrileymusic.com