Artwork for Sorry, I'm Canadian 2

Artist Bios

Starring

Neil Aitchison Neil Aitchison (Constable Archibald Finkster)
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.

 

The Band

Al Braatz Al Braatz (Vocals/Bass)
Drayton Entertainment: Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Kings & Queens of Country, Joseph …. Other (selected): Jeff Kincaid in Screwball Comedy, Colonel Keddie in Chariots of Fire, George in Drinking Habits, Robin in Robin Hood, Buddy Holly in The Buddy Holly Story, Scott in Evil Dead, Ensemble in Spamalot, Aladdin in Aladdin and the Twankeys, Mike in The Guinea Pig Club, Peter in Company, The Balladeer/ Lee Harvey Oswald in Assassins. Film: That Is All, The Pines Still Whisper (upcoming). Schooling: Sheridan College, The Royal Conservatoire of Scotland. Thanks family, friends, the cast and crew for all the love. Instagram @albraatz.

Earl Filsinger Earl Filsinger (Guitar)
Drayton Entertainment: A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Rocky: The Musical, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Hairspray, Kings & Queens of Country, Marathon of Hope: The Musical, Man of La Mancha, Evita, Big River, Give My Regards to Broadway, Country Legends, Me and My Girl. Other Theatre: Grow, Mamma Mia! (Grand), The Music Man, Camelot (Stratford), Hank Williams Show (Petrolia), Jesus Christ Superstar, High School Musical. Earl has played lead guitar on the Queen Elizabeth II and Queen Mary cruise ships touring Europe. He also toured Canada and the U.S. in various bands, and has produced numerous CDs. Earl is very happy to be back working with the wonderful family at Drayton Entertainment.

 

Duff MacDonald Duff MacDonald (Vocals/Guitar)
Drayton Entertainment: Legends, My Fair Lady, Twist and Shout, Canadian Legends, Sorry, I’m Canadian, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (North American Tour), Aladdin, Guys and Dolls, Fiddler on the Roof. Other Theatre: No Change in the Weather (NFLD/Mirvish), Urinetown (Toronto Musical Concerts), Kamp (Neptune/Halifax), Once (RMTC/The Grand Theatre), A Christmas Story - The Musical (The Arts Club), Drowsy Chaperone (Globe, Regina), Hank Williams: The Show He Never Gave (Fergus), The Foursome, Les Miserables (1st Canadian Cast/1st National Tour/Mirvish). FILM/TV: The Duff Show (Youtube), Locke and Key (Netflix), Carter (CTV), Good Witch (Hallmark), Titans (Netflix), The Music Man (Disney). Duff recently landed a sizeable role in the feature film Le Temps d’un Été directed by acclaimed director Louise Archambault. His country album NAKED is available on iTunes & Spotify. Visit www.duffmacdonald.com

 

Alex Panneton Alex Panneton (Vocals/Mandolin/Banjo)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Buddy: the Buddy Holly Story (Mayfield, Globe), Merrily We Roll Along, James and the Giant Peach, Violet, Beauty and the Beast, The Sound of Music (YES Theatre), At the Hop, Back to B4 (Smile Theatre), Songs for a New World, Urinetown (We Are Here), Floyd Collins (Theatre Sheridan). Musician: Forever Plaid (Starvox), Mamma Mia (YES Theatre), Bare: a Pop Opera (Toto Too), Spring Awakening (Theatre Sheridan). Alex is a graduate of the Honours Music Theatre Performance program at Sheridan College. Thank you to my parents, my agent, my partner Emily, and our majestic cats.

 

Leo Stock Leo Stock (Vocals/Fiddle/Step Dancing)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Fiddler on the Moose (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia). As a member of the Scott Woods Band, Leo Stock has toured in Canada and the United States, playing fiddle, drums, step dancing, and singing. He is a multiple 18 & under Fiddle Champion, and he is the current Canadian Open Junior Step Dance Champion and Ontario Open Step Dance Champion. Leo has released his own fiddle CD, a variety album titled “What’s Next?”, which has been regularly played on Your Kawartha Oldies online radio. Leo would like to thank his family for their constant support.

 


The Creative Team

Alex Mustakas Alex Mustakas (Director)
Drayton Entertainment: Alex has directed over 100 productions for Drayton Entertainment and other theatre companies across Canada including You’ll Get Used To It! ... The War Show, Rocky: The Musical, Rock of Ages, Kings & Queens of Country, Million Dollar Quartet, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the world premiere of Marathon of Hope, Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Spamalot, Les Misérables, Twist & Shout, and others. Alex holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from City University in London, England, and an Honorary Doctorate from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Media & Entertainment, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Maggie Bassett Award from Theatre Ontario, and the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal.

Nicole Gusé Nicole Gusé (Music Director)
Drayton Entertainment: Kings & Queens of County, Country Legends, Sorry … I’m Canadian, The Christmas Show, Canadian Toonie. Nicole graduated from W.L.U. with a Bachelor of Music Honours Degree in Performance and Education. She is an award-winning step dancer, fiddler, and singer, and has traveled around the world three times performing. Nicole owns and operates Let the Fun Begin Music Lessons and Gusé Productions. Thanks to Alex and best wishes to this wonderful team for a fabulous run! Enjoy the show! Website: www.guseproductions.com.

Jeff JohnstonCollins Jeff JohnstonCollins (Lighting Designer)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Lights: Hairspray, Rock of Ages, Million Dollar Quartet, Canadian Legends, Legends … of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Twist & Shout, Spamalot, Miss Saigon, Dance Legends. Technical Director/Lights: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Camelot (North American Tours). I am so happy to be back doing what I love. For over 30 years, I have created set & lighting designs for theatres across Canada, participated in the Edinburgh Festival, and operated my own scene shop in my hometown of Hamilton. Thank you to the entire Drayton Family for creating the magic of live Theatre. Love and thanks to the light of my life, my wife Susan for her constant support and encouragement. Enjoy!

Nicole Del Cul Nicole Del Cul (Costume Designer)
Drayton Entertainment: Billy Bishop Goes to War, Grease, Shear Madness, Run For Your Wife, Weekend Comedy, Big Band Legends, Bedtime Stories, Italian Funerals ..., Dance Legends. Nicole is enjoying her 14th season with Drayton Entertainment. She is a graduate of Ryerson University, with a B.F.A. in Performance Production. She also owns a tailoring business, Loose Threads, which has won consecutive Readers’ Choice awards. Nicole would like to thank her better half Alex, for his constant love and support; their two daughters Stella and Adalynn and her friends and family. Amore per la mia famiglia.

Amber Archbell Amber Archbell (Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Sleeping Beauty: Panto, Jack and the Beanstalk: Panto, The Birds & The Bees, Cinderella: Panto, HONK!, Lucky Stiff, Marathon of Hope, Aladdin: Panto, Snow White: Panto, Run For Your Wife, Weekend Comedy, Annie, High School Musical, Moon Over Buffalo, The Drawer Boy. Other Theatre: Sleeping Beauty: Panto (Stirling Festival Theatre), Fefu and her Friends, Really Really (Theatre Erindale), The Amish Project (Green Light Arts), The Raft (MT Space), If I Were You, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Legally Blonde (Aquarius), Amelia: The Girl Who Wants to Fly (Thousand Islands Playhouse).

Kirstyn Keeble Kirstyn Keeble (Assistant Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment: Disney's Newsies, Back Home for the Holidays. Other Theatre: Nine, First Drafts (Theatre Sheridan); Fame! (Randolph College); and The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (The Community Players of New Hamburg). Kirstyn is a recent graduate of Sheridan College’s Technical Production for the Performing Arts Industry where she specialized in Props and Stage Management. She is thrilled to be a part of Sorry, I’m Canadian 2, and would like to thank all her friends and family who have supported her on her theatre journey.