Airs Online Sunday, April 3
In this final episode, artists Benedict Campbell, Jackie Mustakas, Stephanie Pitsiladis, and Michael Vanhevel perform some of their favourite songs or scenes and chat with host Alex Mustakas about their life and work in the theatre industry. The Great Community Talent Search comes to an end with a recap of all the finalist performances. Plus, Neil Aitchison (a.k.a. Constable Archibald F. Inkster) pops by to make audiences laugh with the Smile of the Day, and funnyman Wade Lynch makes a royal appearance. Get your “Backstage Pass,” and join us from the comfort of your home for this fun-filled episode packed with enlightening conversations, engaging performances, and a few surprises.
Appearing in this Episode(In alphabetical order)
Drayton Entertainment: A Few Good Men, Twelve Angry Men. Other theatre (select): A Doll’s House Part 2 (Belfry), The Drawer Boy (Festival Player), A Christmas Carol (Grand Theatre), King Lear (Theatre Calgary/Bard on the Beach), 14 seasons at Shaw Festival including Major Barbara, Mack and Mabel, Sweeney Todd, Our Town, St. Joan, The Entertainer and My Fair Lady; 10 seasons at Stratford Festival including Oedipus Rex, King Lear (also Lincoln Center), Henry IV Part 1 & 2, Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale, The Alchemist, Julius Caesar. Film/TV (select): Republic of Doyle, Slings and Arrows, History of Canada, Burden of Truth, and many more.
Drayton Entertainment (select): The Miracle Worker, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, The Rainmaker, Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray, Death of a Salesman, Baroness in Cinderella: The Panto, Tanya in Mamma Mia!, Queen Diabolica in Snow White: The Panto, Wicked Witch in The Wizard of Oz, The Affections of May, Winifred Banks in Mary Poppins, Miss Hannigan in Annie, Miss Adelaide in Guys and Dolls, Polly in Crazy For You, Shelby in Steel Magnolias, and Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street. Choreographer: Kings & Queens of Country, Dance Legends, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, The Music Man, 42nd Street, Anything Goes, Little Me, The Mikado. Jackie’s favourite role is playing Mom to Hadley and Lukas.
Drayton Entertainment: Kinky Boots, Grease, Hairspray, Aladdin: The Panto, Snow White: The Panto. Other theatre: Grease (Winter Garden), Hairspray (Mirvish/Charlottetown/Rainbow Stage/Mayfield), Grease, Why Do Fools Fall In Love?, Shout! The Mod Musical (Stage West), Mother Goose (Theatre Athena), Little Shop of Horrors (Theatre New Brunswick), Gefilte Fish Chronicles (CETM), History of Rock and Roll: Stars and Stripes, Class of '63: A Rockin' Reunion (Mayfield), Our Broadway Love Song, Steel Magnolias, Importance of Being Earnest, My Fair Lady, Sugar Road (RuBarb), Christmas Express (Upper Canada Playhouse) Stephanie is excited to be welcoming audiences back to theatre after 2 long years!
Drayton Entertainment: Big Band Legends, Hollywood Sings, The Songs Of Sinatra. Other Theatre: Starbright Christmas (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia), The Fiddler and the Crooner (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia), Songs We Love (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia), Will Vanhorne in Norm Foster's Outlaw (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia), Elvis Presley in Million Dollar Quartet (Various). Film/TV: Billy Bishop in The Ace and The Scout (Electric Motion Pictures). Michael has performed with symphony orchestras and big bands in venues across Canada and was so pleased to be invited to be a part of Backstage Pass. Love to his family and friends! www.michaelvanhevel.com
Alex Mustakas (Host)
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.
Neil Aitchison (Constable Archibald F. Inkster)
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. This show is dedicated to Neil’s four favourite grandchildren Patrick, Rebecca, Tanner and Brier.
Wade Lynch (A Royal Minute)
Drayton Entertainment: Annie, Hairspray, The Music Man, The Last Resort, Director/Little Big Man in A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline, Director for Look, No Hans!, Tony in Shear Madness, Sancho in Man of La Mancha. Other theatre: Director for Anne of Green Gables, Dear Johnny Deere, Scrooge in A Christmas Carol, Stones in His Pockets (Charlottetown Festival); Playwright/Director for On the Road with Dutch Mason (Charlottetown, Bishop’s); Director for Speech & Debate, L’Affaire Tartuffe, Seven Stories (Bishop’s University); Director for I Love You You’re Perfect Now Change (Segal Centre); Professor in 2 Monkeys, 1 Grape (Centaur).
Steve Lavoie (Accompanist)
Drayton Entertainment: Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, Canada 151, Hairspray. Other theatre (selected): Sister Act (CCMP), Dogfight (First Act), Evita, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Man of La Mancha, Damn Yankees, Spamalot, Sweeney Todd, Urinetown, The Who’s Tommy (Scarborough Music Theatre), Les Misérables, Ragtime (Etobicoke Musical Productions). In addition to music directing, Steve is an audition and rehearsal accompanist with over 20 years of experience. He has accompanied over 50 shows in and around the Toronto area. Find him online on YouTube or visit www.theaccidentalaccompanist.com
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