Artwork for The Crooner

Artist Bios

Starring

Michael Vanhevel Michael Vanhevel (The Crooner)
Drayton Entertainment: Big Band Legends, The Songs Of Sinatra, Hollywood Sings. Other Theatre: Elvis Presley in Million Dollar Quartet (Magnus Theatre, Thousand Islands Playhouse, Sudbury Theatre Centre, Theatre Calgary), Will Vanhorne in Norm Foster’s Outlaw (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia), Starbright Christmas (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia), Songs We Love (Victoria Playhouse Petrolia). Film/TV: The Ace and the Scout (Electric Motion Pictures). Michael Vanhevel is so excited to be back working with Drayton Entertainment singing the music he adores in The Crooner. All my love to my wonderful family and friends - you’re all the absolute best. Web: www.michaelvanhevel.com

 


The Band

Jim Hodgkinson Jim Hodgkinson (Music Director/Keys)
Drayton Entertainment: Kings and Queens of Country, You’ll Get Used To It! … The War Show. Other Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar (Stratford Festival), Saturday Night Fever (Troika, US Tour), Miss Saigon, Suds, Dames At Sea (Arts Club). Film/TV: Super Dave’s All Stars, Music, Plain and Simple (CBC). Composer/lyricist: Little Women (Chemainus Theatre). Pianist/conductor: Vera Lynn, Variety Club Telethon. Other: soloist at Canada’s Embassy to the United States, Carnegie Recital Hall, NYC (with jazz vibraphonist Ted Piltzecker). Occasionally, Jim anchors a tip jar on cruise ships and sails through comedy shows with the brilliant Seana-Lee Wood.

Junior Riggan Junior Riggan (Bass)
Drayton Entertainment: Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Rocky: The Musical, Hairspray, Rock of Ages, Thoroughly Modern Millie, Cinderella, Footloose, Little Shop of Horrors, Aladdin, Anne of Green Gables, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline. Other Theatre: Mamma Mia, Finding Black Joy (The Grand Theatre London), Yorkville: The Musical (Blyth), Now and Forever, a diva spectacular …, 9 to 5: The Musical (St. Lawrence College), The River Rolls (New Hamburg), … Patsy Cline (Leisa Wey Productions). Junior thanks the Drayton family for the opportunity.

Kevin Dempsey Kevin Dempsey (Drums)
Drayton Entertainment: A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Jack and the Beanstalk: The Panto, Kings & Queens of Country, Hairspray, Lucky Stiff, Red Rock Diner, Anything Goes, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, Footloose, Big Band Legends, The Songs of Sinatra, Country Legends, Swing!. Kevin is happy to be returning to Drayton Entertainment to perform in The Crooner. Kevin is an active member in the Toronto jazz scene and can be heard frequently on CJRT. He has also been on the McMaster University and Mohawk College music faculties for the last 30 years. Kevin has been performing with Drayton Entertainment since 1994.

 


The Creative Team

Alex Mustakas Alex Mustakas (Director)
Drayton Entertainment: Alex has directed over 100 productions for Drayton Entertainment and other theatre companies across Canada, including Sorry, I’m Canadian 2, You’ll Get Used To It! ... The War Show, Rocky: The Musical, Rock of Ages, Kings & Queens of Country, Million Dollar Quartet, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, the world premiere of Marathon of Hope, Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Spamalot, Les Misérables, Twist & Shout, and others. Alex holds a Master’s Degree in Arts Administration from City University in London, England, and an Honorary Doctorate from Wilfrid Laurier University. He is the recipient of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Media & Entertainment, the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, the Maggie Bassett Award from Theatre Ontario, and the Governor General’s Meritorious Service Medal.

Mark Payne Mark Payne (Musical Arrangements)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Fiddler on the Loose, I Love a Piano, Godspell, Songs of Sinatra. Mark Payne is a diverse London musician; equally at home on the stage, in the studio, singing, playing, writing and arranging. He is currently the resident Musical Director at the Victoria Playhouse Petrolia, where he arranges the music for the entire season, rehearses the casts, and performs in most of the shows, including Starbright Christmas for the past 13 years. He co-conducts Primus Amabile Men’s Choir in London. Mark will perform his one-man show, I Love A Piano, with the Windsor Symphony next season.

Jim Hodgkinson Jim Hodgkinson (Music Director/Keys)
Drayton Entertainment: Kings and Queens of Country, You’ll Get Used To It! … The War Show. Other Theatre: Jesus Christ Superstar (Stratford Festival), Saturday Night Fever (Troika, US Tour), Miss Saigon, Suds, Dames At Sea (Arts Club). Film/TV: Super Dave’s All Stars, Music, Plain and Simple (CBC). Composer/lyricist: Little Women (Chemainus Theatre). Pianist/conductor: Vera Lynn, Variety Club Telethon. Other: soloist at Canada’s Embassy to the United States, Carnegie Recital Hall, NYC (with jazz vibraphonist Ted Piltzecker). Occasionally, Jim anchors a tip jar on cruise ships and sails through comedy shows with the brilliant Seana-Lee Wood.

 

Jenine Kroeplin Jenine Kroeplin (Costume Designer)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Marathon of Hope: The Musical, Legends ... of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Irving Berlin’s White Christmas, I’ll Be Back Before Midnight, Sleuth, 9 to 5: The Musical, Robin Hood, Country Legends. Jenine is delighted to be back for her 14th season with Drayton Entertainment and her 13th season as the Head of Wardrobe. Jenine is a graduate of York University’s Technical Theatre Program where she specialized in costume and set design. She would like to acknowledge her family and friends for their constant support.
 

Jeff JohnstonCollins (Lighting Designer) Jeff JohnstonCollins
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Lights: Hairspray, Rock of Ages, Million Dollar Quartet, Canadian Legends, Legends … of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Twist & Shout, Spamalot, Miss Saigon, Dance Legends. Technical Director/Lights: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Camelot (North American Tours). I am so happy to be back doing what I love. For over 30 years, I have created set & lighting designs for theatres across Canada, participated in the Edinburgh Festival, and operated my own scene shop in my hometown of Hamilton. Thank you to the entire Drayton Family for creating the magic of live Theatre. Love and thanks to the light of my life, my wife Susan for her constant support and encouragement. Enjoy!

Nadene Riehl (Stage Manager) Nadene Riehl (Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment (selected): Billy Bishop Goes to War, Good Ol’ Country Gospel, You’ll Get Used To It! … The War Show, Hairspray, Kings & Queens of Country, Million Dollar Quartet, Red Rock Diner, Legends of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Canadian Legends, Snow White: The Panto, Footloose, and more. Other theatre: Seussical The Musical, Grease, Bye Bye Birdie, The Full Monty, Hairspray, The Sound of Music (KWMP) and KW Glee. Since training at Sheridan College, Nadene continues to be heavily involved with KW Glee and numerous community theatres in the region. She’s excited to return for another season at Drayton Entertainment. Enjoy the show!

Molly Mück Molly Mück (Apprentice Stage Manager)
Drayton Entertainment debut. Other Theatre: Three Sisters & Co., The Corsican Complaint (GBTS). Molly is a recent graduate of the George Brown Theatre School and is so excited to be a part of Drayton Entertainment this summer, and thanks to the company of The Crooner for the opportunity and her friends and family for the support.