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Red Rock Diner

Red Rock Diner

The Rock ‘n’ Roll Musical Celebration

Sept 13 to Dec 24, 2016

St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre

Come join us for a fun-filled bop down memory lane!

Take a trip through time to an era when Elvis was dancing to the “Jailhouse Rock,” Buddy Holly was reinventing how to play the guitar, and pioneering radio deejay Red Robinson was broadcasting a burgeoning genre called rock ‘n’ roll across Canadian airwaves.

Watch as five teens come of age through a timeless soundtrack which defined an entire generation … featuring raucous hits like “Great Balls of Fire,” and “Jailhouse Rock”, as well as tender ballads like “Sh-Boom, Sh-Boom,” “Cry,” and more.

Charming, cheerful, and chock full of fun, this rock ‘n’ roll musical celebration will have you singing your way out of the theatre with its toe-tapping beats and classic ‘50s style. 

 

THEATRE ADDRESS
St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre
11 Albert Street West
St. Jacobs, ON N0B 1T0

AUDIENCE
Appropriate for all ages

RUNNING TIME
2 hours and 10 minutes with one intermission

CREDITS
By Dean Regan
Directed & Choreographed by David Connolly
Music Direction by Nico Rhodes



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Meet The Artists

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The Company

(in alphabetical order)
 
Daniel Abrahamson
Daniel Abrahamson Red Robinson Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Austin in I Love You Because (Stage West Calgary), Brad in The Rocky Horror Show, Andy in For Life (Sudbury Theatre Centre), Narrator in Billy Bishop Goes to War (Rhubarb). Daniel is a happy graduate of Sheridan College and St. Albert Children’s Theatre. Love and gratitude to The Talent House, this cast and creative team, and his consistently supportive mom and dad. Enjoy the show! abrahamson-daniel-125x140.jpg

Daniel Abrahamson
Red Robinson
Brittany Banks
Brittany Banks Venus Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: UnCovered: Simon & Garfunkel (Acting Up Stage/Koerner Hall), Any Moment (Acting Up Stage/Berkeley Street Theatre), Diana in Anne & Gilbert (The Guild/Harbourfront Theatre), Sally in You’re A Good Man Charlie Brown (Indian River Festival), Kate in The Taming of the Shrew (Vagabond). Training: Randolph Academy, University of Prince Edward Island (B.Mus.), 2015/16 recipient of Acting Up Stage’s Banks Prize. Brittany has directed and/or choreographed productions of Highland Storm, Grease, Footloose, Fame, and High School Musical. Recently: Anne & Gilbert (National Arts Centre – Choreographer/Guild Theatre, P.E.I. – Director/Choreographer). Thanks to Sandie Newton (NLM)! banks-brittany-125x140.jpg

Brittany Banks
Venus
Jeremy Carver-James
Jeremy Carver-James Richard Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre (selected): ‘80s Solid Gold 2 (Stage West Calgary), Daddy Brubeck in Sweet Charity, Pygmalion, The Next Whiskey Bar, Cabaret, The Light in the Piazza, Guys and Dolls, Ragtime (Shaw Festi val), Schroeder in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown (Alberta Theatre Projects), Peter the Honeyman in Porgy and Bess (Opera de Montréal). Jeremy is a graduate of the Voice Performance program at McGill University’s Schulich School of Music. A special thanks to my friends, family, colleagues and The Talent House for their continued support. I am thrilled to be making my Drayton Entertainment debut! Twitter/Instagram: @jcarverjames. www.jeremycarverjames.com. carver-james-jeremy-125x140.jpg

Jeremy Carver-James
Richard
Kristen Pottle
Kristen Pottle Connie Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre (selected): The Wizard of Oz (Mirvish/National Tour), Rosalia in West Side Story (2016 Banff/Citadel Program), Anne of Green Gables, Alice Through the Looking Glass, Canada Rocks!, Ring of Fire, The Full Monty (Charlottetown Festival), The Producers, All Shook Up, Joseph…, Happy Days (Stage West), Graziella in West Side Story (Vancouver Opera) and most recently Crazy for You (Port Hope) and the premiere of Little Miss County Fair (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia). Kristen is also a Hatha Yoga teacher. Huge thanks to David, Alex and the Drayton Entertainment team, The Talent House and to my ever supportive husband Simon! pottle-kristen-125x140.jpg

Kristen Pottle
Connie
Sayer Roberts
Sayer Roberts Johnny B. Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Marius in Les Misérables (Arts Club Theatre Company), Curly in Oklahoma!, Barnaby in Hello, Dolly! (Royal City Musical Theatre), Barrett in Titanic (Theatre Under The Stars), Rolf in The Sound of Music (Gateway Theatre Company). A recent transplant from Vancouver, last fall Sayer was in the Vancouver production of Red Rock Diner, as the bouncy Johnny B. He’s thrilled to don that apron again with this stellar crew. Instagram: @roberts.the.sayer. roberts-sayer-125x140.jpg

Sayer Roberts
Johnny B.
Josh Wiles
Josh Wiles Val Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Florindo in Servant of Two Masters (Odyssey Theatre), Jason in Ring of Fire (Magnus Theatre), Jamie in The Last Five Years (Daemon Theatre), Horatio in Hamlet, Sir Andrew in Twelfth Night (Classical Theatre Project), Berger in HAIR (U.S. National Tour), and Terry Fox in the workshop of Marathon of Hope (Canadian Musical Theatre Project, 2013). Much love to my friends and family for everything! Wiles_Josh_125x140.jpg

Josh Wiles
Val

The Creative Team

David Connelly
David Connolly Director & Choreographer Drayton Entertainment (Associate Artistic Director): Cinderella: The Panto, Marathon of Hope, Mamma Mia!, Aladdin: The Panto, The Pirates of Penzance, Snow White: The Panto, Peter Pan: The Panto, Legally Blonde, Disneyʼs High School Musical, Dance Legends, Miss Saigon, Crazy For You. Other theatre: First Wives Club: The Musical (Ford Theatre), Plaid Tidings (Neptune Theatre). TV: The Moblees (CBC), Andrew Lloyd Webberʼs How Do You Solve A Problem Like Maria? (CBC), The Doodlebops (CBC). Concert choreography: Katy Perry, kd lang, Sarah Brightman. David is the recipient of the Premier of Ontario’s Award of Excellence. Thanks to Alex, Drayton Entertainment and an incredible cast and crew. www.davidwconnolly.com. Connolly_David_125x140.jpg

David Connolly
Director
&
Choreographer
Nico Rhodes
Nico Rhodes Music Director Drayton Entertainment: Cinderella: The Panto, Anne of Green Gables. Other theatre: A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (The Arts Club), A Wonderful Life (Chemainus/Persephone), Tonight…Piaf (Vancouver Island Symphony), Twist and Shout: The British Invasion (Chemainus), Out of my Dreams (PSP). A studio musician, music director, arranger/orchestrator, composer, pianist and woodwind player, Nico is at home in any musical environment. His experience includes writing and performing with symphony orchestra, jazz ensemble, big band, choir and musicals. Recently, Nico music directed back-to-back hits, Puttin’ on the Ritz (Belfry) and Footloose (Chemainus). Thanks to Alex and Drayton Entertainment for having him back! Love to Kate! Rhodes_Nico_125x140.jpg

Nico Rhodes
Music Director
Jeff JohnstonCollins
Jeff JohnstonCollins Set Designer Drayton Entertainment: Lights: All Shook Up, Canadian Legends, Legends … of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Twist and Shout: The British Invasion, Godspell, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Miss Saigon, Dance Legends. Sets and Lights: Legends of Harmony, The Mousetrap, Murder at the Best Western, Jasper Station. Technical Director and Lights: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Camelot (North American Tours). Over the past 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 has been the Production Manager for Drayton Entertainment since 2006. Love and thanks to the light of my life, my wife Susan for her constant support and encouragement. Enjoy! Johnston%20Collins_Jeff_125x140-2016.jpg

Jeff JohnstonCollins
Set Designer
Michelle Vanderheyden
Michelle Vanderheyden Costume Designer Drayton Entertainment: South Pacific, Too Many Cooks, How To Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Sweet Charity, Blue Champagne, Miss Saigon. Other theatre: Red, Into The Woods, Dreamgirls, Oklahoma!, The Sound of Music (Theatre Aquarius), In the Midst of Alarms (University of Toronto, Mississauga). Originally from Forest, Ontario she is a graduate of Brock University, and has been the Head of Wardrobe at Theatre Aquarius in Hamilton since 2001. Michelle has made costumes for the Banff Centre for the Arts, Stratford Festival and Mirvish Productions. Vanderhayden_Michelle_125x140.jpg

Michelle Vanderheyden
Costume Designer
Kevin Fraser
Kevin Fraser Lighting Designer Drayton Entertainment: Sister Act, Little Shop of Horrors, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Anne of Green Gables, Monty Python’s Spamalot, Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Footloose, Damn Yankees, Les Misérables, Legally Blonde, Disney’s Mary Poppins, Big Band Legends, Annie, Blood Brothers, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, Guys and Dolls, Sweet Charity, Evita, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, My Fair Lady, CATS and many more. Other theatre: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, Shakespeare In Love, A Little Night Music, Carousel, Pericles (Stratford Festival). Kevin is a member of Associated Designers of Canada, and a graduate of Ryerson Theatre School. www.kevinfraserlighting.com. Fraser_Kevin_125x140.jpg

Kevin Fraser
Lighting Designer
Charles Russell
Charles Russell Stage Manager Drayton Entertainment: All Shook Up, 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 would like to thank Catherine and Norman for their inspiration and continued support, and all the chicks back on the farm. Russell_Charles_125x140.jpg

Charles Russell
Stage Manager
Nadene Riehl
Nadene Riehl Assistant Stage Manager Drayton Entertainment: Legends … of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Canadian Legends, Snow White: The Panto, Footloose, Twist and Shout: The British Invasion, Legends of Harmony. Other theatre: Grease, Broadway Our Way: The Comedy Edition, Bye Bye Birdie, The Full Monty, Hairspray, The Sound of Music (KW Musical Productions), KW Glee (2015 Show Choir Canada Champions/2016 SCC Junior Champions). Since training at Sheridan College, Nadene has been heavily involved with KW Musical Productions 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! Riehl_Nadene_125x140.jpg

Nadene Riehl
Assistant Stage Manager

The Band

Nico Rhodes
Nico Rhodes Music Director/Keys/Saxophone Drayton Entertainment: Cinderella: The Panto, Anne of Green Gables. Other theatre: A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline (The Arts Club), A Wonderful Life (Chemainus/Persephone), Tonight…Piaf (Vancouver Island Symphony), Twist and Shout: The British Invasion (Chemainus), Out of my Dreams (PSP). A studio musician, music director, arranger/orchestrator, composer, pianist and woodwind player, Nico is at home in any musical environment. His experience includes writing and performing with symphony orchestra, jazz ensemble, big band, choir and musicals. Recently, Nico music directed back-to-back hits, Puttin’ on the Ritz (Belfry) and Footloose (Chemainus). Thanks to Alex and Drayton Entertainment for having him back! Love to Kate! Rhodes_Nico_125x140.jpg

Nico Rhodes
Music Director/Keys/Saxophone
Kevin Dempsey
Kevin Dempsey Drums Drayton Entertainment: Anything Goes, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Footloose, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Big Band Legends, The Songs of Sinatra, Country Legends, Swing!. Kevin is happy to be returning to Drayton Entertainment to perform in Red Rock Diner. Kevin is an active member in the Toronto jazz scene and can be heard frequently on CJRT. He has also been on the McMaster University and Mohawk College music faculties. Dempsey_Kevin_125x140.jpg

Kevin Dempsey
Drums
Julian Jayme
Julian Jayme Guitar Drayton Entertainment debut. Other theatre: Legally Blonde (Theatre Under the Stars), Grease (Studio 58), Fame (Awkward Stage Productions). Julian Jayme is currently a student at the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston, M.A. Jayme_Julian_125x140.jpg

Julian Jayme
Guitar

Dining Package


For a limited time we have partnered with Stone Crock Restaurant in St. Jacobs to create a special Dining & Theatre Package for select performances of Red Rock Diner at the St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre.

Package Only $60+HST Per Person (Gratuity included)
    1 Ticket to Red Rock Diner
    1 Meal Voucher to Stone Crock Restaurant

Click here for complete details and restrictions.

Media


Company of Red Rock Diner
Photo credits: Company of Red Rock Diner, 2016 Season.
Photo by Drayton Entertainment.

Media Reviews
  • "High energy and often hilarious performances by six young actors, all new to the Drayton stage." - Waterloo Region Record
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Audience Reviews
Articles
  • Waterloo Region Record: Vancouver's Red Robinson a link to rock’s fabled past Read more
  • Wellington Advertiser: Red Rock Diner not to be missed Read more
  • Waterloo Chronicle: Red Rock Diner Captures energy of 1950s Read more
  • Entertain This Thought: Red Rock Diner – Canada’s Rock ‘n’ Roll Deejay Read more
  • Waterloo Region Record: Red Rock Diner a fun romp down Rock ’n’ Roll Hall of Fame Read more
  • Woolwich Observer: Rockin’ into the ’50s in St. Jacobs Read more

News Releases
  • A fun-filled bop down memory lane at St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre Read more
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll Musical Celebration at St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre Read more

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