CHUCK KUEPFER, Staff Reporter
Artistic director Alex Mustakas calls Drayton Entertainment's recently unveiled lineup of productions a landmark season that promises to be remembered for years to come.
Among the highlights for the theatre company this year will be the opening of a new venue in Cambridge. The Dunfield Theatre opens in March with a production of the popular classic Mary Poppins. The play is one of 18 productions to be featured on Drayton Entertainment's seven stages this year, which makes it the most ambitious season in its history.
The season features a mix of blockbuster musicals, comedies, dramas and a trio of original productions. The playbill runs the gamut from the Monty Python hit musical Spamalot, popular favorites such as Peter Pan and Oliver!,and shows that celebrate the music of cultural icons Buddy Holly and Frank Sinatra.
"The array of programming in our 2013 season reflects our commitment to providing quality entertainment for theatregoers of all ages," stated Mustakas, in a press release.
In keeping with its commitment to stage quality entertainment, the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse will undergo a major renovation with the installation of a new fly tower to enable set pieces to move seamlessly between scene changes.
Despite the expansion to a seventh venue and renovations in the works, Drayton Entertainment has opted not to increase ticket prices.
Tickets prices remain unchanged from last year, and theatregoers can save close to 30 per cent when purchasing tickets as part of a subscription package.
Tickets for regular performances are priced at $40 (adults) and $20 (youth under 20).
For more information or to order tickets, contact the Drayton Entertainment box office at 1-855-372-9866 or visit www.draytonentertainment.com.
The website also includes detailed information about seating charts, directions, parking and places to eat and stay.
DRAYTON ENTERTAINMENT 2013 SEASON
St. Jacobs Country Playhouse:
• Spamalot (July 17-Aug. 3)
• Weekend Comedy (Aug. 7-24)
• Godspell (Oct. 2-20)
• White Christmas (Nov. 20-Dec. 22)
St. Jacobs Schoolhouse Theatre
• Legends of Harmony (July 31-Dec. 22)
Drayton Festival Theatre:
• The Songs of Sinatra (May 8-June 1)
• Tuesdays With Morrie (June 5-22)
• Too Many Cooks (July 10-27)
• Oliver! (Aug. 4-31)
Dunfield Theatre Cambridge:
• Mary Poppins (March 6-April 28)
• Big Band Legends (June 12-22)
• Sorry...I'm Canadian (July 10-Aug. 3)
• Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story (Aug. 7-31)
• Lend Me A Tenor (Sept. 25-Oct. 12)
• Peter Pan (Nov. 20-Dec. 22)
Huron Country Playhouse, Grand Bend:
• The Sound of Music (June 4-22)
• Spamalot (June 26-July 13)
• Buddy — The Buddy Holly Story (July 17-27)
• Too Many Cooks (July 31-Aug. 3)
• Mary Poppins (Aug. 7-Aug. 31)
Playhouse II, Grand Bend:
• Tuesday With Morrie (June 4-22)
• Weekend Comedy (July 17-Aug. 3)
• Sorry...I'm Canadian (Aug. 7-31)
King's Wharf Theatre, Penetanguishene:
• Oliver! (June 4-22)
• Big Band Legends (June 26-July 13)
• The Love List (July 13-Aug. 3)
• Johnny & June (Aug. 7-31)