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St. Jacobs: Celebrating the 75th anniversary of D-Day “You’ll Get Used To It!... The War Show” plays June 5-22
Thursday, May 23, 2019
In celebration of the 75th Anniversary of D-Day, the nostalgic musical You’ll Get Used To It! … The War Show is on stage at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse for three weeks only from June 5 to June 22. Audiences are advised to buy tickets as soon as possible as the highly-anticipated production is already over 70% sold out.
With a mixture of humour and drama, You’ll Get Used To It! … The War Show captures the essence of World War II through the eyes of six Canadian soldiers as they experience everything from training and the anguish of leaving loved ones to the anticipation of actually going to fight the enemy, the fear and danger of battle, and the sorrow of losing comrades. Written by Canadian playwright Peter Colley, this unforgettable journey to the trenches of war-torn Europe is one of the most compelling and thought-provoking shows produced in the theatre’s history.
The production features some of the era’s most endearing and enduring songs including "The White Cliffs of Dover," "We'll Meet Again," "A Nightingale Sang in Berkeley Square," and "I'll Be Seeing You," just to name a few.
“You’ll Get Used To It! … The War Show brings an important era in history to life in a way that’s both touching and thoroughly entertaining,” says Alex Mustakas, Artistic Director of Drayton Entertainment. “I know audiences are going to be moved to both laughter and tears as they follow the sentimental journey of these soldiers. It’s especially meaningful for us to share this heartfelt story during the 75th Anniversary of D-Day.”
Mustakas himself will helm this poignant musical. He will be joined by Choreographer Gino Berti, Music Director Jim Hodgkinson, Set Designer David Antscherl, Costume Designer Julia Holbert, and Lighting Designer Jeff JohnstonCollins.
A stellar ensemble cast has been assembled for this stirring production including AJ Bridel, Tyler Check, Alex Furber, Timothy Gledhill, Keith Savage, Andrew Scanlon, Amber Tomlin and Aaron Walpole.
Check is the charming and naïve soldier Dud, who always speaks the truth. Check previously appeared in the Drayton Entertainment productions of Kings & Queens of Country and Million Dollar Quartet.
Furber is French Canadian comrade Jean Pierre, who joins the army to prove himself to his family. Furber gained notoriety starring as Albert in the Toronto production of War Horse and appeared in Drayton Entertainment’s productions of Brighton Beach Memoirs and Marathon of Hope: The Musical.
Gledhill plays the lovable rascal Sharky, who thinks an out-of-country tour is just what he needs. Gledhill appeared as Don in Singin' in the Rain in 2017 and in Holiday Inn last season.
Savage brings his signature brand of humour to the character of Pops, a jovial senior soldier who tells corny jokes to entertain his younger comrades while grappling with his own loneliness. Savage has been on stage in myriad Drayton Entertainment productions from Beauty and the Beast and The Little Mermaid to The Drowsy Chaperone, Anything Goes, and many, many more.
Scanlon is the kind-hearted farm boy Dusty, who narrates the story as he grows up from an excited young recruit with romantic notions about heroism to a knowing soldier with memories of battle. Scanlon recently appeared in Rocky: The Musical, Man of La Mancha and The Drowsy Chaperone for Drayton Entertainment.
Walpole is war veteran Sarge, who faces the challenge of taking a handful of raw recruits and turning them into true soldiers. Walpole has appeared in a number of Drayton Entertainment productions including Rocky: The Musical, Man of La Mancha and Rock of Ages, among others. He previously appeared on Broadway in Les Misérables and was a runner-up on Canadian Idol.
Bridel and Tomlin tackle a variety of roles including wives, mothers, war brides, munition factory workers and night club singers. Bridel appeared as Anne in Anne of Green Gables at the Charlottetown Festival, in the Toronto production of Kinky Boots, and in the Drayton Entertainment productions of The Wizard of Oz, Peter Pan: The Panto, and Oliver!. Tomlin recently appeared in Man of La Mancha and West Side Story for Drayton Entertainment.
You’ll Get Used To It! … The War Show is proudly sponsored by Document Imaging Partners and the Royal Highland Fusiliers of Canada. Media Sponsors are Zoomer Radio AM 740 Toronto and Forever Young Magazine. Design Sponsors are Wallenstein Feed and Supply Ltd. and Best Western Plus Waterloo St Jacobs. The 2019 Season Media Sponsor is CTV.
Regular performance tickets are $48 for adults, $29 for youth under 20 years of age. Tickets for select Discount Dates and groups of 20 or more are $39. HST is applicable to all ticket prices.
You’ll Get Used To It! … The War Show runs June 5 to June 22 at the St. Jacobs Country Playhouse. The production will then move to the Huron Country Playhouse in Grand Bend from June 27 to July 13. Tickets may be purchased in person at any Drayton Entertainment Box Office, online at www.draytonentertainment.com or by calling the Box Office at (519) 747-7788 or toll-free at 1-855-drayton (372-9866).