For Immediate Release: Lighthouse Festival Presents The Producers – A Hilariously Offensive Musical Comedy

Local cast brings to life this Tony Award-winning musical on the Lighthouse stage

PORT DOVER, January 29, 2024 – Lighthouse Festival is proud to announce its highly anticipated 2024 Community Show, The Producers, a satirically offensive musical comedy featuring a talented cast of local actors. Directed by Lighthouse Artistic Director Derek Ritschel, this uproarious production promises to delight audiences with its irreverent humor and unforgettable performances.

The Producers takes center stage at the Lighthouse Festival Theater in Port Dover from April 12 to 28, 2024. Tickets for this must-see event are priced at $29 each with no hidden fees and are available for purchase at or by calling the box office at 888-779-7703.

Set in New York City, The Producers follows the misadventures of down-on-his-luck Broadway producer Max Bialystock and his neurotic accountant, Leo Bloom, as they scheme to produce the biggest flop in theatrical history. What ensues is a hilarious rollercoaster of mishaps, musical numbers, and larger-than-life characters that will leave audiences in stitches.

Director Derek Ritschel expressed his excitement about bringing this iconic musical to life on the Lighthouse Festival stage, stating, “The Producers is a comedic masterpiece that pushes the boundaries of satire. Our production will capture the essence of Mel Brooks’ vision while adding our own unique flair to the mix. Audiences can expect a production full of non-stop laughter, music and entertainment.”

Community Show veteran and crowd favourite Jason Mayo, who portrays the flamboyant director Roger De Bris, shared his enthusiasm for the show, saying, “Playing Roger De Bris has been an absolute blast. This character is larger than life, and I’m thrilled to bring his over-the-top antics to the stage. Get ready for a wild ride!”

Mac Buchwald, who takes on the role of Leo Bloom, Max Bialystock’s anxious sidekick, commented, “Being a part of The Producers has been an incredible journey. This musical has everything – humor, heart, and some truly unforgettable moments. I can’t wait for audiences to experience it.”

Jada Dawson, who embodies the role of Ulla, the Swedish bombshell with dreams of stardom, shared her excitement, saying, “Ulla is such a fun character to play. She’s sassy

yet silly, she’s bold, yet fun, and she knows what she wants. I’m thrilled to bring her energy to the stage and be a part of this fantastic production.”

Finally, Shelby Mulder, in her Lighthouse Community Show debut where, she plays multiple roles in the ensemble, expressed her admiration for the show’s versatility, stating, “The Producers is a whirlwind of creativity and humor. I love the opportunity to play different characters and showcase my range as an actor. This is a show unlike any other, and I’m honored to be a part of it.”

Don’t miss your chance to experience the hilarity and heart of The Producers at Lighthouse Festival Theatre. Book your tickets now for an evening of laughter, music, and unforgettable moments.

For ticket information and showtimes, visit or call (888) 779-7703.


J.P. AntonacciNaomi AuldJaden Banfield
Mac BuchwaldCharly BuckCarmen Davis
Jada DawsonLyndsey DearloveJustine Draus
Don Kearney-BourqueJason MayoShelby Mulder
Melissa SchoemanLisa ShebibDaniel Traina
Nikki Wiltac  
Director: Derek Ritschel | Technical Director: Hailey Parker | Musical Directors: Tony & Michelle Proracki | Choreographer: Kiri-Lyn Muir
Stage Manager: Heather Reichheld | Costumes & Props: Sally Bellamy & Jan Rainey

About Lighthouse Festival

Lighthouse Festival is a charitable organization devoted to the development and production of new and existing Canadian plays. Lighthouse Festival strives to be artistically excellent, support and encourage local and regional artists, and be a source of enjoyment and pride in local communities while promoting local tourism. Operating in two towns on Lake Erie, our theatres operate on a central policy of hospitality, accessibility, and affordability for all.

Media Contact

For media inquiries, cast interviews and further information, please contact:

Don Kearney-Bourque,
Marketing & Communications Manager
Lighthouse Festival Theatre Corporation
Direct: (226) 290-0070
Cell: (289) 541-7410