You'll Get Used To It! ... The War Show at St. Jacobs Country Playhouse

Artist Bios

The Cast

AJ Bridel (Woman #1) AJ Bridel (Woman #1)
Drayton Entertainment: Footloose, Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan in Peter Pan: The Panto, Oliver!. Other theatre (selected): Anne Shirley in Anne of Green Gables (Charlottetown Festival), Rose in Sleeping Beauty, Jane in A Christmas Carol (Ross Petty), Dora Award Nominee for her role as Lauren in Kinky Boots (Mirvish), Mary in The Little Years (Stratford). Film/TV: Shelby, OddSquad (TVO Kids), A Christmas Carol (CBC/Family Channel), Top 3 finalist on CBC’s Over the Rainbow. AJ couldn't be happier to be spending the summer back with the Drayton Entertainment family! Love and thanks to Alex, The Talent House and my lobster.

Patrick R. Brown (Bernadette) Tyler Check (Dub)
Drayton Entertainment: Kings & Queens of Country, Carl Perkins in Million Dollar Quartet, Doug Alward in Marathon of Hope. Other theatre: Canada 151 (Mayfield Dinner Theatre), Million Dollar Quartet (Stage West), Forever Plaid (Starvox). Tyler is the Artistic Director of Suitcase Theatre where he is currently developing a new musical discussing mental health that will begin touring across Ontario this fall. Tyler also runs a weekly podcast series interviewing people in the theatre industry called Let’s Grab Coffee. Tyler would like to thank The Talent House, as well as his family, for their constant love and support. Instagram: @tylercheck

Tiffany Deriveau (Diva) Alex Furber (Jean Pierre)
Drayton Entertainment: Marathon of Hope, Brighton Beach Memoirs. Other theatre: Robert Ross in The Wars, Chariots of Fire (The Grand), Orlando in As You Like It, Taming of The Shrew (SLSF), My Night With Reg (Studio 180/Mirvish), Jitters (Soulpepper), Gilbert Blythe in Anne & Gilbert (NAC), Red (STC), Cliff in Cabaret (Royal Manitoba Theatre Centre), Romeo and Juliet (TNB), Taming of the Shrew (TBTB). Alex played Albert Narracott in Mirvish’s acclaimed production of War Horse. Film/TV: Reign, Murdoch Mysteries, Mayday, Flashpoint. Alex graduated from The National Theatre School of Canada. He is thrilled to be telling this story, honouring the service people of the past, present and future. Twitter: @alexfurber


Sam DiGiuseppe (Errol/Ensemble) Timothy Gledhill (Sharky)
Drayton Entertainment: Holiday Inn, Singin’ in the Rain, 42nd Street. Other theatre (selected): Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls (Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra), The Beast in Beauty and the Beast (Rainbow Stage), Don Lockwood in Singin’ in the Rain (Capitol Theatre), Robert in The Drowsy Chaperone (Globe Theatre), Link Larkin in Hairspray (Rainbow Stage/The Mayfield), George in The Drowsy Chaperone (RMTC/Theatre Calgary), Anthony in Sweeney Todd (Dry Cold Productions). Film/TV: The Pinkertons (Buffalo Gal Pictures). Timothy would like to dedicate his performance to the memory of his grandfathers Edward Elliott and Jack Gledhill who both served in the military during WWII. Gone but never forgotten.

JJ Gerber (Miss Understanding/Ensemble) Keith Savage (Pops)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Holiday Inn, The Little Mermaid, The Drowsy Chaperone, Beauty and the Beast, Boeing Boeing, Unnecessary Farce, Anything Goes, The Music Man, Mary Poppins, The Sound of Music, Annie, Twelve Angry Men, Damn Yankees and more. Broadway: Little Johnny Jones, Take Me Along, Teddy & Alice. Other theatre (selected): Mary Poppins (Theatre Calgary/Citadel), Show Boat (Livent), Cinderella, The Wizard of Oz (Grand), Peter Pan, The Producers (Neptune), Beauty and the Beast, Spamalot, Oliver! (Aquarius), … Spelling Bee (Magnus), Victor/Victoria (Stage West), First U.S. National Tour of Crazy For You. Awards: Nominated for Los Angeles’ Ovation Award, Vancouver’s Jessie Award, and Calgary’s Betty Award.

Kelly Holiff (Diva) Andrew Scanlon (Dusty)
Drayton Entertainment: Miles Jergens in Rocky: The Musical, The Padre in Man of La Mancha, Aldolpho in The Drowsy Chaperone, Out of Order, Kings & Queens of Country, Les Misérables, Snow White, Footloose. Other theatre: Dr. Silver: A Celebration of Life (Musical Stage/Outside the March/Luminato) and the National Tour of Kinky Boots. Andrew has performed extensively across Canada, with credits at Mirvish, The Globe, The Grand, Aquarius, Neptune, Talk is Free and Stage West, among others. This performance is dedicated to the 45,000 Canadians who were lost in World War II. Thank you to Alex for inviting me to help tell their story. 


Gabrielle Jones (Shirley) Amber Tomlin (Woman #2)
Drayton Entertainment: Maria in West Side Story, Antonia in Man of La Mancha. Other theatre: Portia in Portia, Soloist in Starbright Christmas (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia), Sarah in Ragtime (Chrysler Theatre), Kini in The Key (Seligman Performing Arts), Joanne in Godspell (Heritage Room), Reuben’s Wife in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat (Cleary Auditorium), Innkeeper’s Wife in Man of La Mancha (Capitol Theatre), Carmen, Madame Butterfly, Turandot, Norma, The Magic Flute, Don Giovanni, Tosca, Nabucco, La Sonnambula, Margaret Garner, Porgy and Bess (Detroit Opera House). Film/TV: Art Beat (Detroit Public Television), Time Out For Opera (Bloomfield Michigan Community Television). 

Stacey Kay (Diva) Aaron Walpole (Sarge)
Drayton Entertainment: Rocky: The Musical, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Man of La Mancha, The Little Mermaid, West Side Story, The Drowsy Chaperone, HONK!, Rock of Ages. Other theatre: Kinky Boots (U.S. Tour), Les Misérables (Broadway/Mirvish/U.S. Tour), Jesus Christ Superstar (Broadway/Stratford), Camelot, Guys and Dolls, Anything Goes (Stratford), Rock of Ages (Mirvish), Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, Sweet Charity, Damn Yankees, One Hit Wonders, Canadian Explosion, The Best Little Whorehouse In Texas (Stage West), Rock and Roll (Grand). Film/TV: Breakout Kings (A&E), Silent But Deadly, Deacons for Defense (feature film), third place on Canadian Idol: Season 3 (CTV). 


The Creative Team

David Connolly (Director & Choreographer) Alex Mustakas (Director)
Drayton Entertainment: Alex has directed over 100 productions for Drayton Entertainment and other theatre companies across Canada including Rocky: The Musical, Kings & Queens of Country, Rock of Ages, Million Dollar Quartet, Beauty and the Beast, the world premiere of Marathon of Hope, Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Spamalot, Les Misérables, Twist & Shout and more. 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.

Jeannie Wyse (Music Director) Gino Berti (Choreographer)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Joseph…, Canadian Legends, Legends …, The Wizard of Oz, Snow White: The Panto, Twist and Shout, Hairspray, Annie, 9 to 5: The Musical, Dance Legends, and more. Other theatre: Andy Warhol Musical (Fringe), CATS (Mirvish), Twist and Shout, Legends..., Dance Legends (Grand), Miss Universe Canada (Choreographer), Goh Ballet Co., Miss Maha World (Colombia), Beauty and the Beast (Grand/Aquarius/Stage West), Jesus Christ Superstar, Forever Plaid, Forum, Joseph…, CATS (Sunshine), Former Artistic Director of Dare to Dance Saskatchewan, Former Dance Supervisor for Disney Cruise Lines. Film/TV: Mama starring Jessica Chastain, Wonder Emporium starring Natalie Portman, Tru Love, the reality series Miss World Nicaragua. Thanks to Joe, family and friends for love and support.

Dariusz Korbiel (Costume Designer) Jim Hodgkinson (Music Director)
Drayton Entertainment: Kings & Queens of Country. Other theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar (Stratford Festival), Saturday Night Fever (U.S. Tour/Troika Entertainment), Miss Saigon, Suds, Dames at Sea, Altar Boyz (Arts Club), Hello, Dolly!, The Pirates of Penzance (Chemainus Theatre Festival). Theatre Compositions: Little Women: A Classic Family Musical (Chemainus), Leave of Absence (Pacific Theatre/Walterdale Theatre.) Film/TV: Super Dave's All-Stars. With jazz vibraphonist Ted Piltzecker, Jim appeared with U.S. Orchestras at Carnegie Recital Hall in New York City. Jim was a soloist at the official opening of Canada's modern Embassy to the United States, in Washington, D.C.

Kevin Fraser (Lighting Designer) David Antscherl (Set Designer)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Shear Madness, Run for Your Wife, Look, No Hans!, The Pirates of Penzance and many more. Other theatre (selected): The Fighting Days and The Drawer Boy (Essential Collective Theatre), The Tragical Comedy or Comical Tragedy of Mr. Punch (Theatre Beyond Words), The Wind in the Willows (Yellow Door Theatre). Film: Art Director for The Perimeter Institute’s films Quantum Physics and Dark Matter. David’s association with Drayton Entertainment goes back to their second season. David is also recognized for his books on 18th century naval architecture. He lives in Niagara-on-the-Lake with his highly supportive wife, Carol.

Catriona MacFarlane (Stage Manager) Julia Holbert (Costume Designer)
Drayton Entertainment: Designer: Out Of Order, The Rainmaker, Hairspray, Office Hours, Unnecessary Farce. Assistant Designer: Marathon of Hope: The Musical. Dresser and Stitcher for six seasons. Other theatre: Design Assistant: Henry VIII, Mother's Daughter, Nathan the Wise, Macbeth, She Stoops to Conquer (Stratford Festival). Costume Designer: Stalkyard Hurts (Tweed & Company Theatre), Costumer (Platypus Theatre). Costume Designer/Head of Wardrobe from 2008 to 2010 for Queen’s Musical Theatre. Education: B.A.H. from Queen’s University and a Technical Costume Studies Post Graduate Certificate from Fanshawe College.

Jasmyne Leisemer (Assistant Stage Manager) Jeff JohnstonCollins (Lighting Designer)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Lights: Shear Madness, Hairspray, Rock of Ages, Million Dollar Quartet, Canadian Legends, Legends … of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Twist & Shout, Spamalot, Miss Saigon, Dance Legends. Sets/Lights: Legends of Harmony, The Mousetrap, and more. Technical Director/Lights: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Camelot (North American Tours). For over 25 years, Jeff has created more than 250 designs for theatres across Canada, participated in the Edinburgh Festival, and operated his own scene shop in his hometown of Hamilton. Jeff joined Drayton Entertainment in 2006 and is now the Director of Production. Love and thanks to the light of my life, my wife Susan for her constant support and encouragement. Enjoy!


Staci Hanley (Apprentice Stage Manager) Nadene Riehl (Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment: Hairspray, Kings & Queens of Country, Million Dollar Quartet, Red Rock Diner, Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Canadian Legends, Snow White: The Panto, Footloose, Twist and Shout: The British Invasion, Legends of Harmony. Other theatre: Seussical The Musical, Grease, Broadway Our Way: The Comedy Edition, Bye Bye Birdie, The Full Monty, Hairspray, The Sound of Music (KWMP), KW Glee (2015 Show Choir Canada Champions/2016 SCC Junior Champions). Since training at Sheridan College, Nadene has been heavily involved with KWMP and numerous other community theatres in the region. She’s excited to return for another season with an amazing cast and crew. Enjoy the show!

Amber Archbell (Assistant Stage Manager) Amber Archbell (Assistant Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, The Birds & The Bees, Cinderella: The Panto, HONK!, Lucky Stiff, Marathon of Hope: The Musical, Aladdin: The Panto, Snow White: The Panto, Run For Your Wife, Weekend Comedy, Annie, High School Musical, Moon Over Buffalo, The Drawer Boy. Other theatre: 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, Queen Milli of Galt, Educating Rita (Aquarius), Amelia: The Girl Who Wants to Fly (Thousand Islands Playhouse), Rhubarb Festival (Buddies).


Peter Colley (Writer) Peter Colley (Writer)
Drayton Entertainment: You’ll Get Used To It! ... The War Show, Marathon of Hope, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, Cagney. Other theatre: plays and musicals in 32 countries. Cagney: 540 performances in New York (Astaire Award, Outer Critics, Drama Desk nominations), pre-Broadway: Pioneer Theatre, Salt Lake City September 2019. Plays this past year in China, Poland, U.K., U.S., Germany, Australia, Sweden and Turkey. Film/TV: Mythic Warriors (Humanitas Award, CBS), Watership Down (British ITV), Illusions, Mark of Cain. Thanks to Alex for directing this play honouring our soldiers, and my wife Ellen for her love and inspiration since my very first play.