Drayton Leisure Proclaims Return to Stay Performances

The curtain will rise once more for Drayton Leisure! After being closed for greater than 20 months because of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the not-for-profit skilled theatre group is cautiously reopening its doorways to supply in-person vacation productions at two of its theatres in Waterloo Area this December.

“We’re past thrilled to welcome audiences again to expertise the magic of reside theatre,” says Alex Mustakas, Creative Director of Drayton Leisure. “Everybody from audiences to artists has made it clear to us that they’ve missed Drayton productions immensely and are excited to return again. I feel that is going to be a extremely particular expertise for everybody.”

The hit tribute musical A Nearer Stroll With Patsy Cline was slated to be a part of the cancelled 2020 Season. Audiences will lastly have the chance to see the favored manufacturing on stage on the St. Jacobs Nation Playhouse from December 1 to December 26. Written by Dean Regan, A Nearer Stroll With Patsy Cline journeys by way of Patsy’s life, from dusty roadhouse gigs in her hometown of Virginia, to her rise to fame on the Grand Ole Opry, and past. The manufacturing options 21 of Patsy’s best hits together with “Loopy,” “Candy Goals,” “Walkin’ After Midnight,” “I Fall to Items,” and lots of extra.

The present will star revered Canadian performers Rebecca Poff and Wade Lynch as Patsy Cline and radio DJ Little Large Man, respectively. Each actors have appeared in quite a few Drayton Leisure productions. Poff beforehand appeared as The Mom Abbess in The Sound of Music and Madame de la Grande Bouche in Disney’s Magnificence and the Beast, amongst different notable roles at theatre corporations throughout North America. Lynch is well-known for his comedic turns in productions like Shear Insanity, Hairspray, Annie, The Music Man, and lots of others.

The inventive staff for A Nearer Stroll With Patsy Cline contains Director Max Reimer, Music Director Steve Thomas, Set Designer Dayton Taylor, Costume Designer Jenine Kroeplin, and Lighting Designer Kevin Fraser.

Over in Cambridge, a particular unique manufacturing referred to as Again Dwelling for the Holidays might be on stage on the Hamilton Household Theatre from December 1 to December 26. Starring David Rogers, certainly one of Canada’s most beloved performers, this joyous vacation celebration options the whole lot from festive favourites like “O Holy Evening” and “Sleighride,” to wonderful, inspirational songs like “You Increase Me Up,” and soul-stirring Broadway anthems like “Convey Him Dwelling” from LES MISERABLES, and extra. Rogers gained nationwide notoriety after portraying the Phantom in Toronto’s record-breaking manufacturing of The Phantom of the Opera. Since then, he has starred in lots of different main Canadian productions together with Tommy, CATS, and Evita. Rogers beforehand appeared as Valjean in LES MISERABLES and in his acclaimed one-man present Broadway Heroes for Drayton Leisure.

Rogers might be joined by Jayme Armstrong and Alyssa Curto. Armstrong has appeared in quite a few Drayton Leisure productions together with Vacation Inn, Rock of Ages, Totally Fashionable Millie, Something Goes, White Christmas, The Music Man, The Little Mermaid, The Sound of Music, and extra. Curto will make her Drayton Leisure debut. With coaching in each opera and musical theatre, a few of her previous roles embrace Belle in Magnificence and the Beast, Esmeralda in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and Carmen in Bizet’s Carmen.

The inventive staff for Again Dwelling for the Holidays contains Director David Connolly, Music Director Anthony Bastianon, and Lighting Designer Jeff JohnstonCollins. Performer David Rogers got here up with the set and costume ideas. Orchestrations and Vocal Preparations are by Mark Payne.

Because the starting of the pandemic, Drayton Leisure has made well being and security a high precedence. The charitable arts group was one of many first theatres throughout the nation to shut its doorways in March of 2020 to forestall the unfold of coronavirus. That dedication continues because the group rigorously considers its reopening technique.

In accordance with the province’s vaccine certificates program, all patrons might be required to offer proof of double vaccination upon arrival on the theatre. Exceptions might be made just for patrons who present proof of exemption as required by the Province. Kids underneath the age of 12, accompanied by an grownup who meets the entire necessities, are permitted into the theatre.

Masks might be necessary for everybody whereas inside all areas of the theatres and through performances. There can even be heightened cleansing regimens in any respect venues. As authorities steerage is quickly evolving, protocols might be amended and up to date as needed to make sure the well being and security of everybody.

“Though the province has eliminated capability restrictions, we acknowledge that folks have various levels of consolation in the case of bodily distancing, so we now have determined to supply a hybrid mannequin,” says Mustakas. “We hope that audiences will select the efficiency that fits their consolation degree.”

The Authorities of Ontario, in session with the Chief Medical Officer of Well being, has expanded the capability limits for reside theatres, live performance venues, and sports activities stadiums to 100% occupancy with out seating restrictions. Drayton Leisure will take the additional measure of implementing a capped seating capability of as much as a most of fifty% at choose performances, which is able to enable for some house between seating pods. Audiences could have the choice to attend performances at 50% or at 100% in line with their choice. This gradual and incremental strategy will proceed to assist shield individuals because the province cautiously lifts public well being measures safely in all sectors.

Drayton Leisure can also be implementing a 2021 Vacation Season Fear-Free Assure to offer flexibility to patrons who guide seats for the December productions. Audiences will be capable of buy tickets understanding that if a efficiency is cancelled or a well being concern arises, they are going to have a lot of choices accessible to them together with free change for an alternate efficiency primarily based on availability, a credit score on their ticketing account for future use, or a full refund for that efficiency.

The COVID-19 pandemic has made a devastating influence on reside theatre corporations all through Ontario and around the globe. For Drayton Leisure, the complete 2020 Season encompassing 20 productions on seven phases throughout the province was cancelled final yr. On the time, the theatre firm was on observe to achieve a paid attendance report of 275,000, with an anticipated financial influence of $82.8 million, positively stimulating many tourism and hospitality companies in communities all through Ontario.

“This has been an especially difficult time for our group, however we’re very fortunate to have such steadfast assist from our patrons, artists, employees, and communities,” says Mustakas. “It should be a protracted and gradual restoration, however we’re nonetheless right here, and we’re not going wherever.”

For extra particulars about Drayton Leisure’s vacation productions together with efficiency occasions, well being and security protocols, and extra please go to www.draytonentertainment.com.