DRAYTON – Neil Aitchison’s acquainted, booming voice is returning to the Drayton Competition Theatre this summer season as he joins the solid of jukebox musical Sh-Growth: Life Might Be A Dream.
“This joyous jive down reminiscence lane is a success parade of rock ‘n roll classics that may tickle your humorous bone and contact your coronary heart,” theatre officers state in a July 11 press launch.
Sh-Growth: Life Might Be A Dream will probably be in Drayton from Aug. 16 to Sept. 3.
It’s many years earlier than American Idol and a neighborhood radio station is sponsoring a band competitors with a recording contract because the prize.
That includes 25 classics from rock ‘n’ roll’s heyday sung in concord, the present “will tickle your humorous bone and contact your coronary heart,” officers state.
“This hit-parade assessment of chart-topping songs will convey again many recollections for patrons,” says Drayton Leisure inventive director Alex Mustakas.
“The cherry on prime is attending to see Neil Aitchison return to a DJ sales space the place he spent so a few years as a radio character. Neil’s distinctive voice is a big a part of his public persona, so we’re extremely happy he’s becoming a member of this enjoyable, toe-tapping musical.”
Helming the manufacturing is director David Rogers. One in every of Canada’s main musical theatre artists, Rogers is the co-artistic director of Victoria Playhouse Petrolia. He conceived and created Fiddler on the Unfastened, which performed to sold-out homes on the Drayton Competition Theatre in 2018 and conceived final yr’s hit assessment Good ‘Ol Nation Gospel.
Bringing the songs of the 50s and 60s to life is choreographer David Hogan who, together with Rogers, within the co-artistic director of Victoria Playhouse Petrolia.
The solid additionally consists of Kaden Forsberg, Connor Meek, Jordan Goodridge, Michael Vanhevel and Jennifer Partitions
Sh-Growth: Life Might Be A Dream is written and created by Roger Bean, creator of the long-running Off-Broadway hit The Marvelous Wonderettes.
Tickets could also be bought by calling the Field Workplace at 519-638-5555 or toll free at 1-855-drayton (372-9866), or on-line at www.draytonentertainment.com.
The discharge states Harriston-born Aitchison is “a beloved and critically acclaimed humourist, with an enviable knack for making a rapport along with his viewers.”
Throughout his profession, he has been an actor, a radio character, broadcast govt, and motivational public speaker.
Via his alter-ego of RCMP Constable Archibald F. Inkster, he’s introduced laughter to hundreds of viewers members along with his distinctive and humorous tackle Canadian life.
Upon commencement, Aitchison labored for CKCO-TV, the place he met his “first” – and solely – spouse, Helen. He then switched to radio, promoting and managing promoting for twenty-four years, after which later gaining notoriety on native station NewsTalk 570 along with his much-admired afternoon program “The Neil Aitchison Present.”
As a a lot sought-after emcee, Aitchison’s involvement locally he loves has spanned over six many years, and he’s volunteered his time – and trademark voice – to many native teams and organizations.
“Neil has been an enormous a part of Drayton Leisure’s success by the years, as a founding board member, and early employees member and certainly one of our greatest (and loudest) cheerleaders,” says Mustakas.