Drayton Entertainment’s 2 Pianos 4 Hands comes to Schoolhouse Theatre

This season, the Schoolhouse Theatre in St. Jacobs hopes to have theatre­goers doubled over in laughter with 2 Pianos 4 Hands.

The musical comedy com­bines musical prowess, insight­ful and touching dramatic mo­m­ents, and outrageously funny anecdotes, Sept. 2 through Dec. 20.

The show 2 Pianos 4 Hands is the tale of two Canadian boys, Ted and Richard, who share the same unorthodox goal: concert pianist stardom.

Inspired by the wizardry of classical pianists like Bach and Beethoven, and rock ‘n roll leg­ends like Jerry Lee Lewis, the two determined upstarts forge ahead with their dreams – de­spite the stumbling blocks of pushy parents, eccentric teach­ers, hours of repetitive practice, attacks of stage fright, and, of course, the crushing pressure of competition.

As their pursuit unfolds over 15 years, the two mature and become aware of the gap between the good and the very good. True greatness, it seems, may be out of reach for the ordi­nary man. The show cap­tures the unflagging embodi­ment of the human spirit.

The show “explores every musical genre, from pop to classical, jazz to country,” said Alex Mustakas, artistic director of Drayton Entertainment. “With such a diverse song list, you won’t be able to resist the infectious music. Audiences are soon tapping their toes and joining in the fun.”

The production is directed by Richard Greenblatt, who co-authored the show with fellow Canadian theatre icon Ted Dykstra. Since its debut in 1996, 2 Pianos 4 Hands has be­come one of Canada’s most suc­cessful theatre productions, touring to over 150 cities worldwide and playing to more than two million people. The play was also ranked by Ameri­can Theatre Magazine as one of the ten most-produced plays in the United States in 2003.

The show stars Patrick Burwell and Jonathan Monro.

Burwell is no stranger to the Drayton Entertainment stages having performed in several productions, and directed For­ever Plaid at the Schoolhouse Theatre last season. He is well matched with Monro, whose impressive resume includes roles with the Stratford Shakes­peare Festival and Canadian Stage Company, as well as several film and television projects.

“This joyful production about the ups and downs of mastering an instrument draws audiences from all walks of life,” said Mustakas. “It’s the perfect theatre experience and a must-see for anyone with a dream.”

The show plays eight times a week. Tickets can be booked by calling the Drayton Enter­tainment box office at 519-638-5555 or toll free at 1-888-449-4463. For more information visit www.draytonentertain­ment.com.