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  • The Wellington Advertiser - REVIEW: Blood Brothers an emotional, energetic musical with humour
    well with his innocent face and gangly limbs and boundless energy He later cuts a convincingly tragic figure in contrast He also played in the 1998 Blood Brothers original in his Drayton debut Eddie the rich one is played by Tory Doctor He too plays a young lad with such gusto and sweetness it is hard to believe he is over 10 his cavalry cowboy imitation beats all As a young man he skillfully portrays privilege tempered with humility and grace The twins mother is played by Charlotte Moore in the role of Mrs Johnstone Her singing voice and earthiness add much to the pathos Her musical references to Marilyn Monroe throughout the production are presented with a range of powerful emotions Laura McCarthy plays Linda the girl of both Mickey and Eddie s dreams with great charisma and compassion Narrator Bobby Prochaska is seen as a shadowy figure of doom and regret that looms about the stage with quiet dignity Set designer Stephen Degenstein has created an ingenious stage full of back streets with moving mini sets for other scenarios The book music and lyrics for Blood Brothers were written by Willy Russell who also wrote Shirley Valentine and Educating Rita The show has played all over the world for some 25 years having employed actors like Russell Crow and David Cassidy Blood Brothers runs until Nov 5 Tickets can be purchased at the theatre at stjacobscountryplayhouse com or by calling 519 747 7788 or toll free at 1 855 372 9866 October 21 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=10192 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Tribute to Elvis Presley at the St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre
    directs Backing up LeBlanc is a band headed by Colin Stewart on bass Dean Harrison on piano John Kenny on guitar and Ted Peacock on drums Stewart also serves double duty as music director and leads the way through more than 40 hits Over the course of the performance the audience has a glimpse at the most transformative moments in Presley s life From the early days at Sun Records and his time with RCA through his induction to the U S Army in 1958 followed by leading roles in nearly 30 films produced during the 1960s Blue Suede Shoes Memories of the King is a prolific journey through The Presley s life and career One of the most thrilling moments in this play occurs when the stage is set for his comeback Presley s first live performance since 1961 Widely regarded as one of his greatest performances the show aired on NBC Dec 3 1968 and led to an extended Las Vegas concert residency and a string of tours Elvis Presley s death on Aug 16 1977 ended a remarkable career and firmly established him as a rock and roll legend The show plays eight times a week Tickets can be ordered by calling the box office at 519 638 5555 or toll free at 1 855 drayton 372 9866 Visit www draytonentertainment com for more information September 23 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=9935 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - REVIEW: Murder at the Best Western a terrific screwball comedy
    the salesman of WKRP TV fame Costume designer Jessica Bray deserves full marks for daring in his costumes Of course he and Arlene are meeting at the Best Western a story in itself for this production to kill Arlene s husband Paul Miller He is an impeccably dressed used car salesman with a cynical world view that belies everything that happened in the world in the previous 15 years Lovers being killers can actually be quite funny particularly with the waffling Arlene and Mitchell who is family dentist to both Millers The lovers decide the best course is to have Paul Miller give his wife a divorce If he refuses they will kill him What ensues of course is not only predictable but worthy of the Keystone Kops The physical comedy of the three actors is superb and timing is down to a science We did not find a missed line or mistimed movement a rare thing even for professionals on opening night It seems only right that after Paul s murder gets botched Arlene decides to kill Mitchell for cheating and even manages to elicit the aid of her soon to be ex husband Along the way we find world views that seem not only dated to the 1970s but hilariously so Paul s comparison of sex to baseball plays was particularly hilarious especially when he announces as a grand finale Then it s football season It is not giving anything away to note that in the final act both men decide to kill Arlene We already mentioned the plot here is fairly predicable But authors Ron Clark and Sam Bobrick have just enough tricks up their sleeves that there is a final twist or two in the last scenes to keep everyone satisfied All three actors in this comedy were superb and very convincing and we saw a rare standing ovation for them at the end of the evening Those were once the norm in the 1970s but audiences have become tougher these days Murder at the Best Western runs with eight weekly performances until Aug 7 at the St Jacobs Country Playhouse and tickets are already 75 sold Call 519 747 7788 or toll free at 1 855 272 9866 for tickets July 29 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories REVIEW Wizard of Oz a treat for all ages REVIEW Blood Brothers an emotional energetic musical with humour Tribute to Elvis Presley at the St Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre REVIEW Murder at the Best Western a terrific screwball comedy Love triangle leads to comic unrest in Murder at the Best Western

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=9488 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Love triangle leads to comic unrest in Murder at the Best Western
    bliss reign supreme Whatever happens this romp will leave people screaming bloody murder by the time the curtain falls This production is packed with plenty of thrills surprises tricks and suspense said Mustakas Murder at the Best Western is the perfect choice for quality summer entertainment It combines elements of drama humour and suspense to create an unforgettable theatre experience Bob Lohrman returns to St Jacobs Country Playhouse to direct the production after achieving success with Drayton Entertainment s revival of Shear Madness which played to sold out houses earlier this year Murder at the Best Western stars Stephanie McNamara in the role of Arlene Miller Jonathan Whittaker is her husband Paul and J Sean Elliott is Dr Mitchell Lovell a dentist with an ache for murder Murder at the Best Western plays for a limited three week engagement with eight weekly performances July 20 to Aug 7 Tickets are selling quickly and theatregoers are encouraged to call the St Jacobs Country Playhouse box office at 519 747 7788 or toll free at 1 888 449 4463 to reserve seats Or order online at www draytonentertainment com July 22 2011 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories Camping reservation system now open Parkinson Society VON launch exercise program Council passes taxes borrowing bylaws Big Brothers Big Sisters sets Bowl for Kids dates Slower calendar sales could mean less funding for two local events Mapleton Minto

    Original URL path: http://wellingtonadvertiser.com/comments/index.cfm?articleID=9443 (2016-02-16)
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  • The Wellington Advertiser - REVIEW: Audience came to believe in fairies and flying in Peter Pan
    and adults and children alike partake gleefully However it is only the children who clamored to get on stage in a joyful sequence with Smee In the leading roles are several Drayton Entertainment favourites Jonny Wexler sprightly as Peter Pan may be remembered as Chad Danforth of Disney s High School Musical He may also be recognized from the TV show The Doodlebops Like a happy Christmas tradition himself Fred Stinson returns as Smee His enthusiasm is engaging and the audience feels his kinship with the kids Paul McQuillan as the murderous crook Captain Hook channels a bit of Jack Sparrow and earns his boos dishonestly The role of Deliah the Cook was expanded to provide a perfect role for Drayton favourite Keith Savage to embellish wildly and mirthfully Tess Benger Erik Weinhart and Christopher Jones are sweet as the Darling children Wendy John and Michael The motherly Wendy sings a lovely lullaby Jayme Armstrong appears as their mother Mrs Darling and also as the beautiful Tiger Lily Tinker Bell is portrayed only as a flickering snickering light and that character is missed Drayton Entertainment used several local children for the production including Peter Jones Ethan Kast Andrew Mourcos Joshua Piedl and Devon Radue to play the Lost Boys A delightful children s ensemble of dancers also performs organized and choreographed by Waterloo s Moreé School of Dance Set designer J C Olivier created an ingenious series of props from the cozy Darling bedroom to the helm of the Jolly Roger A sea effect is created with waving fabric enough to nearly drown in Costume designer Angela Van der Veen provides a truly green outfit for Peter Pan a wonderful array of pirate and Indian costumes and a remarkable Nana the nursemaid dog and a ticking crocodile too The flying sequences drew gasps from the audience and were provided by the renowned aerial experts from Flying by Foy of Las Vegas The pantomime was written by Simon Aylin and Trudy Moffatt It was also directed and choreographed by Moffat who has led previous Drayton Entertainment holiday hits Aladdin Cinderella and Robin Hood Peter Pans of all sizes and vintages were thrilled with the family event which marks a happy start to the Christmas season Peter Pan plays until Dec 19 For tickets call 519 747 7788 or toll free at 1 888 449 4463 For more information visit www stjacobscountryplayhouse com Vol 43 Issue 48 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories REVIEW Wizard of Oz a treat for all ages REVIEW Blood Brothers an emotional energetic musical with humour Tribute to Elvis Presley at

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Audiences will be Hookedwith Peter Pan pantomime at St. Jacobs theatre
    play begins with a cheerful Wendy Darling who tells extraordinary bedtime stories about Peter Pan and his swashbuckling swordplay with the fearsome pirate Captain Hook to her younger brothers Michael and John But their new life of leisure comes to a startling halt when Wendy John and Michael are kidnapped by Captain Hook and held captive aboard the Jolly Roger ship Can Peter and his friends rescue the Darling children before it s too late The musical production is in the capable hands of director and choreographer Trudy Moffatt who handled past Drayton Entertainment holiday hits Aladdin Cinderella and Robin Hood With incredible flying sequences to captivate theatregoers the characters in the production soar through the air courtesy of the renowned aerial experts at Flying by Foy of Las Vegas The cast assembled for this production including Jonny Wexler as Peter Pan Audiences may recognize Wexler as Moe Doodle on the hit series The Doodlebops He also performed the role of Chad Danforth in Drayton Entertainment s production of Disney s High School Musical earlier this season Paul McQuillan plays the villainous Captain Hook with Fred Stinson as his silly sidekick Smee Perennial audience favourite Keith Savage tackles the outrageous role of Deliah the Cook a quintessential pantomime character Tess Benger Eric Weinhart and Christopher Jones are the Darling children Wendy John and Michael Jayme Armstrong appears as their mother Mrs Darling and Tiger Lily with Jordan Cable Sarah Harries Bethany Kovarik Chad McFadden Sarah Matton and Mike Tracz rounding out the ensemble cast Drayton Entertainment has engaged many local children for this production including Peter Jones Ethan Kast Andrew Mourcos Joshua Piedl and Devon Radue as the Lost Boys A children s ensemble of dancers also appears which is organized and choreographed by Waterloo s Moreé School of Dance Directors Cora Black and Michelle Black Peter Pan is sponsored by Commercial Print Craft and Strassburger Windows and Doors Media Sponsors are WAVE 94 7 and The Wellington Advertiser The design sponsor is Boucher Jones Fuels The orchestra sponsor is ARCA Financial Ticket sales are soaring for the production Theatregoers are encouraged to plan ahead and call the box office soon for the best available tickets at 519 747 7788 or toll free at 1 888 449 4463 For more information visit the website www stjacobscountryplayhouse com Vol 43 Issue 47 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories REVIEW Wizard of Oz a treat for all ages REVIEW Blood Brothers an emotional energetic musical with humour Tribute to Elvis Presley at the St Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre REVIEW Murder at the Best Western a terrific screwball

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - REVIEW: Twelve Angry Men satisfies the emotional demands of exacting play
    Audience members may recognize Jonathan Whittaker as a familiar television actor in his dramatic Drayton debut Each performance has the audience members transported to the jurors room and musing on their own convictions The play was written in 1954 by Reginald Rose and inspired by his own experience as a juror on a manslaughter case in New York City At first he had been reluctant but wrote The moment I walked into the courtroom and found myself facing a strange man whose fate was suddenly more or less in my hands my entire attitude changed In 1957 Twelve Angry Men was made into a memorable film starring Henry Fonda as Juror 8 and has since played on Broadway and beyond Twelve Angry Men as directed by Adam Furfaro is testament to his talent and experience in his eight seasons with Drayton Entertainment Complimenting the on stage talent was a set so realistic in its legal institution feel right down to the heater grill and towel dispenser The rainstorm was lovely and refreshing to hear and behold Allan Wilbee was the off stage talent Audience members may leave the show not angry but filled with images of themselves as the heroic Juror 8 Twelve Angry Men runs through to Oct 24 Tickets can be booked by calling the Drayton Entertainment Box Office at 519 747 7788 or toll free at 1 888 449 4463 Vol 43 Issue 42 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information

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  • The Wellington Advertiser - Drayton Entertainment seeks talented youths for fall production of Peter Pan
    week engagement Nov 17 through Dec 19 Mustakas readily admits it is a substantial time commit ment but said the rewards are plentiful Research shows that through the performing arts children are able to learn such skills as self confidence co operation understanding of peers and above all a renewed sense of self By developing positive skills in children today they may become the produc tive adults of tomorrow These young people will have the chance to work with some of the most talented pro fessionals in the performing arts and learn about the in dus try while entertaining thous ands of theatregoers said Mustakas It s a once in a lifetime opportunity Peter Pan is directed and choreographed by Trudy Mof fatt who has led each of Drayton Entertainment s an nual holiday pantos Robin Hood 2009 Cinderella 2008 The Christmas Show 2007 and Aladdin 2006 Moffatt will be in attendance at the audition The St Jacobs Country Playhouse is located at 40 Ben jamin Road East in Waterloo No appointments are necessary Mustakas encourages all interested children to attend the open audition Any other in quiries may be directed to Executive Producer of Drayton Entertainment Steve Roth at 519 638 5511 extension 245 or stever drayton enter tainment com Vol 43 Issue 39 Tweet Tell Us What You Think Login to submit a comment Comments appearing on this website are the opinion of the comment writer and do not represent the opinion of the Wellington Advertiser Comments that attack other individuals or are offensive unsubstantiated or otherwise inappropriate will be removed You must register or log in in order to post a comment For more information read our detailed Comment Policy and Guidelines Related Stories REVIEW Wizard of Oz a treat for all ages REVIEW Blood Brothers an

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