With excitement building for the launch of the new Dunfield Theatre Cambridge in March, Drayton Entertainment has unveiled a spectacular 2013 Season consisting of blockbuster musicals, hilarious comedies, poignant dramas, and three original productions.
Eighteen productions will fill seven stages across the province, making this the most ambitious season in the Drayton Entertainment's history.
"This landmark season promises to be remembered for years to come," says Artistic Director Alex Mustakas. "The array of programming in our 2013 Season reflects our commitment to providing quality entertainment for theatregoers of all ages and we have kept ticket prices the same as last season, making theatre accessible to all, while offering many opportunities to save even more off the regular ticket price."
Dunfield Theatre Cambridge
Drayton Entertainment's newest venture will launch in March with its production of Disney & Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins. Theatregoers are invited to be a part of history in the making when this 'practically perfect' musical sweeps into Cambridge March 6th to April 28th.
Next up, audiences will be treated to Big Band Legends, the original Drayton Entertainment production that sold out in St. Jacobs and Grand Bend in 2012. Backed by an all-star orchestra, Big Band Legends is a high-octane show that honours the greatest crooners and songbirds of our time, from Bing Crosby to Michael Bublé, June 12th to June 22nd.
Then, take an entertaining trek across our vast country with the unapologetic musical comedy Sorry...I'm Canadian. Reprising his popular character Constable Archibald F. Inkster, Neil Aitchison weaves a charming blend of humor and political satire with musical gems of the Great Canadian Song Book, July 10th to August 3rd.
The life of a true artistic pioneer is celebrated in the acclaimed musical Buddy - The Buddy Holly Story. This nostalgic production explodes into full-throttled joy through renditions of the legend's greatest hits, on stage August 7th to 31st.
Backstage high jinks take centre stage in the uproarious comedy Lend Me A Tenor, September 25th to October 12th. When a world-famous tenor overdoses on tranquilizers before his premiere performance, he's replaced by a hapless understudy, setting off a series of mistaken identities and outlandish plot twists.
The holidays will shine with Peter Pan, the beloved tale about the boy who never grew up, November 20th to December 22nd. In the British Panto tradition where audiences cheer the hero and boo the villain, this lively production boasts a winning combination of incredible musical numbers, slapstick comedy, outrageous costumes, audience participation, and of course, a dash of theatrical magic.
Drayton Festival Theatre
The Songs of Sinatra offers an incredible salute to Ol' Blue Eyes, May 8th to June 1st. Think Jersey Boys meets Il Divo as seven fantastic male singers present the celebrated songbook of Frank Sinatra, with soul-stirring renditions of his classic hits like "New York, New York," "Strangers in the Night," "My Way," and more.
Based on the acclaimed best-selling book, Tuesdays with Morrie is the uplifting autobiographical journey of a sports writer who develops a life-altering friendship with his old college professor. This heartwarming production is on stage June 5th to 22nd.
The hilarious farce Too Many Cooks promises to leave audiences in hysterics, July 10th to July 27th, as an unemployed drifter is persuaded to step in at the last minute and impersonate the master chef who has failed to arrive and open a classy French restaurant.
The season ends with Oliver!. Follow the adventures of the plucky young orphan in the venerable Broadway hit that poignantly captures the bonds of love - in all its remarkable forms. Charles Dickens' classic tale of Oliver Twist will captivate audiences young and old, August 14th to 31st.
St. Jacobs Country Playhouse
The St. Jacobs Country Playhouse will undergo a major renovation during the first part of the 2013 Season. A new fly tower will be installed, enabling set pieces to move seamlessly during rapid scene changes, improving the overall quality of the theatre experience.
The first production to land in St. Jacobs is Monty Python's smash-hit musical Spamalot, the Tony Award-winning comedy that raises silliness to an art form. This tongue-in-cheek retelling of the classic tale of Camelot follows King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table and their infamous quest for the Holy Grail, on stage July 17th to August 3rd.
Next up is the fun-filled wilderness adventure, Weekend Comedy, August 7th to August 24th. When two couples inadvertently double-book a secluded one-bedroom cabin in the Catskills for a weekend of romance, the decision to share the tiny quarters is a formula for disaster - and laughs - as youthful exuberance collides with middle-aged stodginess.
Based on the Gospel according to St. Matthew, Godspell is a contemporary retelling of the life of Jesus. At once humorous, dramatic, and deeply compelling Godspell tells the enduring story in a fresh new way; on stage October 2nd to 20th.