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January 3, 2018 Originally published in the Waterloo Region Record
CAMBRIDGE — So how was Drayton Entertainment’s 2017 season?
“This was our most successful season in our history,” enthused Alex Mustakas during an interview at Cambridge’s Dunfield Theatre, which this year will be rebranded as Hamilton Family Theatre. The theatre company’s artistic director is excited by the total ticket sales which topped 260,000 in 2017, 10,000 over the previous year.
This season will include the Canadian première of a new Irving Berlin musical “Holiday Inn” following its recent Broadway run. The film was inspired by the 1942 Academy Award-winning film, “Holiday Inn” and features a big cast with lots of singing, tap dancing and, of all things, skipping.
In keeping with their usual fare of big budget musicals, the company will feature Broadway classics such as “The Drowsy Chaperone”, “Man of La Mancha”, “West Side Story”, “The Rainmaker” and “Hairspray.”
For the little theatre company that grew from having no resources to being able to attract some of Canada’s most talented performers, Mustakas never forgets their roots.
“We’ve come a long way,” he said. “I remember the first year, we had to borrow lights from a high school.
“It all takes time.”