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Acclaimed Canadian Crooner Michael Vanhevel Stars in Brand-New Show at the St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre 

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

Kick off the summer theatre season with a salute to the greats from Bing to Bublé in the nostalgic musical journey The Crooner, starring acclaimed Canadian vocalist Michael Vanhevel. This upbeat production is on stage at the historic St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre situated in the heart of St. Jacobs Village from June 29 to September 4.. Read the release here.
 

Charming Romantic Comedy a Love Letter to Farming On Stage Next at the Drayton Festival Theatre

Tuesday, June 21, 2022

The return of summer theatre continues as country wit meets city bluster in the fast-paced romantic comedy Buying The Farm coming soon to the Drayton Festival Theatre. This entertaining look at the charms and challenges of maintaining the family farm is on stage from June 29 to July 16 at the historic venue in Mapleton Township. Read the release here.
 

Summer Theatre Finally Returns to King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

Audiences will be doubled over in laughter as Sorry, I’m Canadian 2 launches the much-anticipated 2022 Season at the King’s Wharf Theatre after a two-year hiatus at the popular summer venue. This Drayton Entertainment original production will amuse and delight theatregoers from June 23 to July 10. Read the release here.
 

Huron Country Playhouse launches 50th Anniversary Season

Tuesday, June 14, 2022

It’s a landmark year for the Huron Country Playhouse! The iconic summer theatre destination celebrates 50 years of theatre in Grand Bend and a return to live performance after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. The golden anniversary season will kick off with the high-energy musical extravaganza Fiddler on the Loose on the Mainstage from June 23 to July 9. Read the release here.
 

Smash Hit ABBA Musical Mamma Mia! Extended By Popular Demand Before The Show Even Opens

Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Feel the beat of the tambourine and get ready for an ABBA-solutely fabulous theatre experience! Mamma Mia!, the hit musical featuring the chart-topping catalogue of Swedish supergroup ABBA, will be on stage beginning June 15 at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. The initial 4-week run is almost sold out, so the production has been extended by popular demand – it will now run for an additional week until July 16 with 8 new performances added to the schedule. All new performances will be at full capacity. Read the release here.
 

Alex Mustakas Awarded Meritorious Service Medal Drayton Entertainment Artistic Director Honoured by Governor General of Canada

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Alex Mustakas, founding and current Artistic Director of award-winning Drayton Entertainment, was honoured by Her Excellency the Right Honourable Mary Simon, Governor General of Canada, with the prestigious Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division). Read the release here.
 

Live Theatre Returns to Drayton Festival Theatre with Canadian Comedy Starring Neil Aitchison

Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Audiences will be doubled over in laughter as Sorry, I’m Canadian 2 launches the much-anticipated 2022 Season at the Drayton Festival Theatre after a two-year hiatus at the historic summer venue. This Drayton Entertainment original production will amuse and delight theatregoers from June 1 to June 18. Read the release here.
 

Live theatre is back … and there’s a Fiddler on the Loose at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge

Friday, May 20, 2022

There’s a fiddler on the loose in Cambridge… and he’s on a mission to entertain with a high-energy musical extravaganza at the Hamilton Family Theatre from June 1 to June 18. Read the release here.
 

Canada’s Got Talent Contestant Stacey Kay comes to Cambridge for Hometown Concert

Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Cambridge’s Stacey Kay is currently impressing audiences and judges alike as a semi-finalist on Citytv's new season of the popular competition Canada's Got Talent. Kay received the highly-anticipated Golden Buzzer from Judge Kardinal Offishall on the April 19 episode of the hit TV show after performing an energetic rendition of “Lady Marmalade” by soul singer Patti LaBelle. Kay will compete for a spot in the finale on tonight’s penultimate episode. Audiences can tune in to vote her through to the live finale next Tuesday. Read the release here.
 

Denfield Resident Wins $23,367 in April 50/50

Friday, May 6, 2022

Michelle Jeffrey from Denfield has been attending shows at the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend with her family for years. When the theatre launched its monthly 50/50 draw in March of 2021, she began buying tickets every month to show her support. After 13 months of entering the draw, she was the lucky jackpot winner in April taking home a final prize of $23,367 with the winning ticket number #99468444002. Read the release here.
 

Happy National Volunteer Week! Join our team at the Drayton Festival Theatre

Monday, April 25, 2022

Happy National Volunteer Week! Since the very first performance in 1991, volunteers have been an integral part of the success of the Drayton Festival Theatre, and this year will be no exception. With three productions on stage from June to August, the popular theatre will require many helping hands to assist the thousands of theatregoers that will attend more than 60 performances this summer. Join the volunteer team in Drayton for the 2022 Season. Read the release here.
 

Happy National Volunteer Week! Join our team at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge

Monday, April 25, 2022

Happy National Volunteer Week! Since the venue first opened in 2013, volunteers have been an integral part of the success of the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge, and this year will be no exception. With five productions on stage from June through December, the popular theatre will require many helping hands to assist the thousands of theatregoers that will attend more than 200 performances this year. Join the volunteer team in Cambridge for the 2022 Season. Read the release here.
 

Happy National Volunteer Week! Join our team at the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend

Monday, April 25, 2022

Happy National Volunteer Week! For 50 years, volunteers have been an integral part of the success of the Huron Country Playhouse, and this year will be no exception. With five productions on stage from late June to early September, the popular summer theatre will require many helping hands to assist the thousands of theatregoers that will attend more than 100 performances over the course of this milestone season. Join the volunteer team in Grand Bend for the 50th Anniversary Season. Read the release here.
 

Happy National Volunteer Week! Join our team at the King's Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene

Monday, April 25, 2022

Happy National Volunteer Week! For over two decades, volunteers have been an integral part of the success of the King’s Wharf Theatre, and this year will be no exception. With three productions on stage from late June to late August, plus a special panto production in the fall, the popular theatre will require many helping hands to assist the thousands of theatregoers that will attend more than 80 performances this year. Join the volunteer team in Penetanguishene for the 2022 Season. Read the release here.
 

Happy National Volunteer Week! Join our team at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse & St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre

Monday, April 25, 2022

Happy National Volunteer Week! Volunteers have always been an integral part of the success of the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse and St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre, and this year will be no exception. With eight productions on stage from late May through the end of December, the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse and Schoolhouse Theatre will require many helping hands to assist the thousands of theatregoers that will attend more than 200 performances over the course of the season. Join the volunteer team in St. Jacobs for the 2022 Season. Read the release here.
 

Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy National Youth Week Events

Wednesday, April 20, 2022

In honour of National Youth Week, which runs annually in May, the Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy is pleased to present a number of events aimed at connecting young people with arts and culture including auditions, workshops, free classes, family tours, and more. Read the release here.
 

Harriston Resident Wins $36,010 in March 50/50

Tuesday, April 12, 2022

Kelly Lenselink from Harriston thought it might be a joke when she got a call on April 1 and was told that she was the lucky winner of Drayton Entertainment’s March Ultimate 50/50 Draw. Despite the April Fool’s Day timing, Artistic Director Alex Mustakas was not kidding, and Lenselink did indeed win the jackpot taking home a final prize of $36,010 with the ticket #99465956049. Read the release here.
 

Harriston Singer Wins Community Talent Search

Friday, April 8, 2022

Drumroll please! Emily MacRobbie of Harriston is the first-place winner of Drayton Entertainment’s Great Community Talent Search. MacRobbie captured the audience’s attention with her rendition of the Bob Dylan classic “Make You Feel My Love,” singing the Adele arrangement. Read the release here.
 

2022 Season Announced - Live Theatre Is Back on Four Local Stages

Monday, March 28, 2022

Drayton Entertainment will finally welcome audiences back to all of its theatres across the province this year including four local venues – the Drayton Festival Theatre in Drayton, Hamilton Family Theatre in Cambridge, St. Jacobs Country Playhouse and Schoolhouse Theatre in St. Jacobs. The not-for-profit charitable arts organization’s stages will be alive with memorable music, entertaining stories, joyful laughter, heartfelt applause, and maybe even a few tears as audiences, artists, volunteers, musicians, backstage crew, and more celebrate the return of live theatre with 15 productions on stage during the 2022 Season, which will run from May 25 to December 31. Read the release here.
 

2022 Season Announced - Celebrating 50 Years of Theatre in Grand Bend

Monday, March 28, 2022

The historic Huron Country Playhouse will finally welcome audiences back to the Mainstage and newly named South Huron Stage (formerly Playhouse II) in Grand Bend this year. 2022 is a landmark season for the Huron Country Playhouse as the iconic summer theatre destination celebrates 50 years of theatre in Grand Bend. Over 230 productions have been on stage at the Huron Country Playhouse since its inaugural season in 1972. The venue’s two stages will be filled with memorable music, entertaining stories, joyful laughter, heartfelt applause, and maybe even a few tears as audiences, artists, volunteers, musicians, backstage crew, and more celebrate the return of live theatre with five productions on stage during the summer season, which will run from June 23 to September 4. Read the release here.
 

2022 Season Announced - Live Theatre Is Back In Penetanguishene

Monday, March 28, 2022

Operated by award-winning Drayton Entertainment, the King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene will finally welcome audiences back this summer and into the fall. The historic stage located at beautiful Discovery Harbour on Georgian Bay will be alive with memorable music, entertaining stories, joyful laughter, heartfelt applause, and maybe even a few tears as audiences, artists, volunteers, musicians, backstage crew, and more celebrate the return of live theatre with four productions on stage during the 2022 Season, which will run in the summer from June 23 to August 28, with a fall production added from November 10 to November 26. Read the release here.
 

Announcing In-Person Youth Academy Summer Camps

Thursday, March 17, 2022

It’s going to be a summer of performing arts fun at the Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy! The new arts education facility operated by the award-winning not-for-profit professional theatre company of the same name will offer 22 different camps over 7 weeks from July 1 through August 12. Read the release here.
 

Stratford Resident Wins $26,702 in February 50/50

Tuesday, March 8, 2022

February was an eventful month for Stratford resident Peter Moreton – he was the lucky winner of Drayton Entertainment’s Ultimate 50/50 Draw taking home a final jackpot of $26,702. His winning ticket was #99462156024. Read the release here.
 

Provincial Grant Supports 2022 Season at 3 Theatres

Tuesday, March 1, 2022

In 2021, Drayton Entertainment received a $247,600 grant from the Government of Ontario’s Community Building Fund – Operating stream. This funding, administered by the Ontario Trillium Foundation, will allow Drayton Entertainment to support ongoing operating expenses, maintain and upgrade theatre equipment, and implement Health & Safety protocols amid the ongoing pandemic. It will also help the not-for-profit charitable arts organization reopen its three theatres in the Region of Waterloo: St. Jacobs Country Playhouse, St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre, and Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge. Read the release here.
 

March Break Broadway Boot Camp In Person

Thursday, February 17, 2022

Calling all theatre fans ages 9 to 18! Have fun and meet new friends during five days of performing arts training in Drayton Entertainment’s popular March Break Broadway Boot Camps, which will be held in person at the brand new Youth Academy. There are two options – Disney on Broadway Boot Camp for ages 9 to 11, and Broadway Blockbusters Boot Camp for ages 12 to 18. The camps will run from Monday, March 14 to Friday, March 18 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Parents and youth are encouraged to book as soon as possible to avoid disappointment. Read the release here.

 

Waterloo Patron Wins $42,757 in January 50/50

Tuesday, February 8, 2022

Margaret Gordon of Waterloo received an early Valentine’s Day gift on February 1. She was the lucky winner of Drayton Entertainment’s January Ultimate 50/50 Draw taking home a final jackpot of $42,757. Her winning ticket was #99459418002.. Read the release here.

 

Backstage Pass - New Digital Series for the New Year

Monday, January 10, 2022

New year, new digital series! Patrons can provide vital support to the theatre industry and enjoy top-notch entertainment from the comfort of their homes with Drayton Entertainment’s brand-new digital streaming series, Backstage Pass. Read the release here.

 

New Year Windfall for Waterloo Pharmacist

Thursday, January 6, 2022

Satish Mistry of Waterloo rang in the New Year with a surprising cash windfall to kick off 2022. Mistry was the lucky winner of Drayton Entertainment’s December Ultimate 50/50 Draw taking home a final jackpot of $42,725. His winning ticket was #99456755024. Read the release here.

Former Youth Ensemble Performer Wins $46,565 in November 50/50

Monday, December 6, 2021

22-year-old Alexandra Adam of Blenheim got an early Christmas gift on December 1. She was the lucky winner of Drayton Entertainment's November Ultimate 50/50 Draw taking home a final jackpot of $46,565. Read the release here.

OTF Grant to Drayton Entertainment Provides Vital Support for Youth Programs

Monday, November 8, 2021

Drayton Entertainment’s plans to create a home for community building and arts-based learning for youth is one step closer to reality, thanks to a $100,000 Capital grant from the Ontario Trillium Foundation, (OTF). The award-winning not-for-profit arts organization will renovate a former industrial space to create an accessible multi-use and multi-flex cultural incubator that will host a range of programs for young people throughout the Region of Waterloo. Read the release here.  

 

Live Theatre Returns for Drayton Entertainment

Monday, November 1, 2021

The curtain will rise again for Drayton Entertainment! After being closed for more than 20 months due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the not-for-profit professional theatre organization is cautiously reopening its doors to offer in-person holiday productions at two of its theatres in Waterloo Region this December. Read the release here.  

 

Carr Family Makes Major Financial Commitment to Drayton Entertainment

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

With the visionary support of area residents Brad Carr and Susan Wagler, award-winning Drayton Entertainment will build on its artistic programs to help serve established, current, and future audiences. The West Montrose couple have made a multi-year commitment totalling $500,000 in support of Drayton Entertainment’s new Youth Academy training facility, which will serve as a hub for its expanding arts education initiatives, as well as operations and programming support as part of the not-for-profit charitable organization’s multi-year recovery effort following the devastating COVID-19 pandemic. Read the release here.
 

Walkerton Resident Wins $74,820 in September 50/50

Tuesday, October 5, 2021

Paul Keip from Walkerton got a surprising fall windfall! Keip was the lucky winner of Drayton Entertainment’s September Ultimate 50/50 draw taking home a final jackpot of $74,820. His winning ticket number was #99442861076. Read the release here.
 

Announcing The Great Community Talent Search

Monday, September 27, 2021

Do you have a secret talent? Can you play a unique instrument? Are you funny? Can you balance a ball on your head while solving a Rubik’s cube? Bring it on! Audiences have seen tons of talent on stage at the various Drayton Entertainment theatres over the years, and now the not-for-profit charitable arts organization is turning the spotlight on the community in search of the top unique talents in Ontario! Read the release here.
 

St. Thomas Resident Wins $83,410 in August 50/50

Tuesday, September 7, 2021

Summer came to an exciting end for Vanda OstojicMiddel of St. Thomas! She is the lucky winner of Drayton Entertainment’s August Ultimate 50/50 draw. OstojicMiddel took home a final jackpot of $83,410. The winning ticket number was #99437813037. Read the release here.
 

Drayton Entertainment To Open New Youth Academy

Wednesday, August 11, 2021

Drayton Entertainment is looking to the future and moving ahead with long-standing plans to open a new Youth Academy space that will serve as a hub for the company’s expanding arts education initiatives. Read the release here.
   

Press Releases

Description Date (dd/mm/yyyy) PDF
Acclaimed Canadian Crooner Michael Vanhevel Stars in Brand-New Show at the St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre  06/28/2022 PDF Icon
Charming Romantic Comedy a Love Letter to Farming On Stage Next at the Drayton Festival Theatre 06/21/2022 PDF Icon
Summer Theatre Finally Returns to King’s Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene 06/14/2022 PDF Icon
Huron Country Playhouse launches 50th Anniversary Season 06/14/2022 PDF Icon
Smash Hit ABBA Musical Mamma Mia! Extended By Popular Demand Before The Show Even Opens 06/07/2022 PDF Icon
Alex Mustakas Awarded Meritorious Service Medal Drayton Entertainment Artistic Director Honoured by Governor General of Canada 05/26/2022 PDF Icon
Live Theatre Returns to Drayton Festival Theatre with Canadian Comedy Starring Neil Aitchison 05/25/2022 PDF Icon
Live theatre is back … and there’s a Fiddler on the Loose at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge 05/20/2022 PDF Icon
Canada’s Got Talent Contestant Stacey Kay comes to Cambridge for Hometown Concert 05/10/2022 PDF Icon
Denfield Resident Wins $23,367 in April 50/50 05/06/2022 PDF Icon
Happy National Volunteer Week! Join our team at the Drayton Festival Theatre 04/25/2022 PDF Icon
Happy National Volunteer Week! Join our team at the Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge 04/25/2022 PDF Icon
Happy National Volunteer Week! Join our team at the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend 04/25/2022 PDF Icon
Happy National Volunteer Week! Join our team at the King's Wharf Theatre in Penetanguishene 04/25/2022 PDF Icon
Happy National Volunteer Week! Join our team at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse & St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre 04/25/2022 PDF Icon
Drayton Entertainment Youth Academy National Youth Week Events 04/20/2022 PDF Icon
Harriston Resident Wins $36,010 in March 50/50 04/12/2022 PDF Icon
Harriston Singer Wins Community Talent Search 04/08/2022 PDF Icon
2022 Season Announced - Live Theatre Is Back on Four Local Stages 03/28/2022 PDF Icon
2022 Season Announced - Celebrating 50 Years of Theatre in Grand Bend 03/28/2022 PDF Icon
2022 Season Announced - Live Theatre Is Back In Penetanguishene 03/28/2022 PDF Icon
Announcing In-Person Youth Academy Summer Camps 03/17/2022 PDF Icon
Stratford Resident Wins $26,702 in February 50/50 03/08/2022 PDF Icon
Provincial Grant Supports 2022 Season at 3 Theatres 03/01/2022 PDF Icon
March Break Broadway Boot Camp In Person 02/17/2022 PDF Icon
Waterloo Patron Wins $42,757 in January 50/50 02/08/2022 PDF Icon
Backstage Pass - New Digital Series for the New Year 01/10/2022 PDF Icon
New Year Windfall for Waterloo Pharmacist 01/06/2022 PDF Icon
Former Youth Ensemble Performer Wins $46,565 in November 50/50 12/06/2021 PDF Icon
OTF Grant to Drayton Entertainment Provides Vital Support for Youth Programs 11/08/2021 PDF Icon
Live Theatre Returns for Drayton Entertainment 11/01/2021 PDF Icon
Carr Family Makes Major Financial Commitment to Drayton Entertainment 10/12/2021 PDF Icon
Walkerton Resident Wins $74,820 in September 50/50 10/05/2021 PDF Icon
Announcing The Great Community Talent Search 09/27/2021 PDF Icon
St. Thomas Resident Wins $83,410 in August 50/50 09/07/2021 PDF Icon
Drayton Entertainment To Open New Youth Academy 08/11/2021 PDF Icon

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