A native of Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia, Derek is pleased to return to The Gayety Theatre where he has performed many times since 2003 in such shows as tributes to The Rat Pack, Hank Williams and most recently for Theatre Collingwood in the C2 Entertainment production, Memories of The Summer of Love. Derek has performed extensively as a singer and actor for more than twenty-five years throughout Canada in many of the country’s most prestigious theatres, concert halls and casinos. He has had featured performances at gala events in tours of the United States and Europe including several headline engagements at casinos in Germany and Austria.
Derek has previously worked with Director, Jesse Collins, on Lights, Camera…Christmas! at Upper Canada Playhouse in Morrisburg, ON, where they were also thrilled to have a sold-out run of Dean and Jerry, What Might Have Been in October 2016. Derek is also the co-author and star of Vegas Knights, a solo tribute to the greatest crooners of the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s Las Vegas, highlighting the musical careers of such greats as Frank Sinatra, Dean Martin, Tom Jones, Elvis Presley and many others. Vegas Knights has played to capacity crowds since 2005 and is set to play through 2018 highlighted by a return engagement to Las Vegas, Nevada.
Derek has a great admiration for the music and style of the American Pop Standards and following the great success of his previous CD, Vegas Knights – Live in Concert, is currently working on new and original material for an upcoming album. He was educated at Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, and at Sheridan College in Oakville, Ontario. Performance schedule and further information may be obtained at: DerekMarshall.ca.
Nicholas has had the pleasure of playing a wide range of roles as a stage actor and performer. Selected theatre credits include: Grease, Little Shop of Horrors, Assassins and Judith Thompson’s Habitat. His fascination with Jerry Lewis began when he was 13, after he and a friend did their own Martin and Lewis tribute for their 8th grade talent show. In 2011, he took his one man show A Tribute to Jerry Lewis and toured it around retirement homes in the GTA, eventually performing it at the Orillia Opera House and Grand Theatre in Kingston. Nicholas brought his material to Arizona in 2013, where he honed his skills performing in Lonely Street Productions’ The Best of Dean Martin and Jerry Lewis for a 7 city tour. He returned to Arizona in January of this year to perform in and co-produce Back to Hollywood – A Symphonic Tribute to The Golden Age of Hollywood. A graduate of Vancouver Film School, Nicholas directed and produced an award winning feature film William’s Lullaby, a dark look at mental illness. Performance schedule can be found at: imnicholasarnold.com, Twitter @NicholasArnold
Meredith Zwicker – Musical Director, Piano
Meredith is delighted to be performing in beautiful Collingwood. An actor and musician, she most recently appeared in Buying the Moose in Port Stanley. Other favourite credits include A Christmas Carol (OOH), Les Liaisons Dangereuses (STC), Frankenstein and Private Lives (TNB), Spamalot and Mama’s Country Record Collection (Stephenville), Obeah Opera (Nightwood), Godspell (Festival Antigonish), Into the Woods (ATF), The Sound of Music, A Midsummer Nights’ Dream (original score) and Gypsy (Neptune Theatre). Thank you to Derek and Nick for the laughs and lovely crooning, our fantastic band for their many talents, and Jesse for bringing us all together.
John Minnis – Guitar, Trumpet, Keyboards
After a career in show business during the 70s and 80s which took John around North America and the Caribbean, he has continued to perform in Muskoka and the GTA, as well as teaching music at the elementary, secondary, and university levels. Recently retired from his position as Arts Department Head at Bracebridge Muskoka Lakes Secondary School, John is very happy to be continuing the Dean and Jerry journey to wherever that road may lead!
Brian Quebec – Bass
Brian studied music at Cambrian College and then at the University of Toronto. Since graduating he has been a free-lance bassist based in Sudbury, Ontario. He has played in numerous productions for the Sudbury Theatre Center as well as a wide spectrum of styles ranging from country to jazz. Brian also teaches both privately and part time at Laurentian University. He is looking forward being in Collingwood for this great show
Doug Banwell – Tanor Sax, Alto Sax, Flute
Doug Banwell is a Toronto-based woodwind player. He plays in numerous groups in Toronto, including Swing Shift Big Band, and The Starlight Orchestra. He also freelances, playing in small jazz groups at coffee shops, corporate events, and weddings.
Logan Coey – Drums
Logan has been playing drums for over 13 years and is based in Toronto as a gigging/session musician. After completing his Bachelor of Commerce at Carleton University, Logan decided to pursue his passion for music and study in Humber College’s Bachelor of Music program. He has studied privately with Don Vickery and Steve Mancuso, attended masterclasses with Mark Kelso, and has played in an ensemble under Larnell Lewis’s direction. From 2015-16, Logan has had the pleasure of playing in Deerhurst Resort’s HITLIST, the same show credited for launching Shania Twain’s solo career. HITLIST is recognized as the longest running show in Canada (for 35 years) and Logan is grateful to have taken part in it’s final year of production. Logan is currently completing his studies in Humber’s degree program, while also pursuing performance and session work.
Jesse Collins – Director
Jesse is the Artistic Director at the Orillia Opera House and has written and directed across the country. For the theatre he has written Bingo Night!, Lights, Camera … Christmas! & Dean & Jerry: What Might Have Been. He has directed over thirty productions of contemporary comedies for the stage, including the world premiere of Norm Foster’s The Ladies Foursome. As a film/television actor and director he has over 100 hours of on-camera experience, garnering an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Direction for PBS’ Zoboomafoo. He has worked on television and film in Canada, the U.S., France, Israel and New Zealand, starring in his own series, Katts & Dog through the early nineties, as well as CBC’s Wind at My Back, and countless other guest-starring roles. But his start was as a singer in regional theatres and Toronto, appearing on DuMaurier Search for the Stars in the early eighties singing standards with an orchestra. So working on Dean & Jerry with this wonderful team is like a trip down memory lane!