What if I told you there was a day – almost twenty years ago – when Sheldon, Leonard, Bernadette and Penny all met each other, but didn’t know it? Let’s flashback to the year 1998; Titanic wins eleven Oscars and Windows 98 is released to the public. All our beloved scientists – and Penny – are seniors in high-school, when a series of serendipitous events causes their lives to collide for just one day. Watch as Leonard and Sheldon meet for the very first time and witness the start of the Penny/Leonard (or Pennard) romantic saga! So crimp your hair, put on your jean jacket, grab your Beanie Baby and come see the origin story of your favourite nerds. All set to the best songs of the weirdest decade – that’s the 90s for those following along. This isn’t your average prequel…it’s a Geekquel!
Director's & Writer's Notes
The Writers Notes. This has got to be the last thing people read in a theatre program. But, since you’re here now, I’ll try to make it worth your while.
This is the fifth show I’ve written for Celebrations and my third time writing a Big BOOM Theory script. It feels special to have the opportunity to write a trilogy. I’m in rarefied air! Sharing the spotlight with George Lucas and the guy who wrote all those Land Before Time movies.
Thank you to the cast, crew and the amazing Randy Apostle. He’s helped shape all the Big BOOM shows from creation to execution.
Huge thanks to all my amazing fans and supporters who keep coming out and inflating my already huge ego. If you like the show, I take full credit and I’d love to hear from you! But if you don’t think my writing is very funny, please send all complaints to email@example.com
Most importantly, I want to thank my incredibly supportive and hilarious wife who is the direct and indirect inspiration for literally everything good I create.
Enjoy the show peeps!
Good evening everyone and welcome to our 3rd spoof on TV land’s favourite nerds! This time we go back to the late 90s and meet up with some of our favorite characters when they were in high school and still growing into the hilarious geeks we have all grown to love. It has been a real pleasure creating this show. First off, working with the very funny and talented writer Matt Falk is always a great experience. Next, we have all the input from our amazing production team as the show takes form and then we bring in our incredibly talented cast to bring it all to life and finally add the hilarious input of our additional cast who truly bring the entertainment to each and every table. We all hope that you enjoy the show half as much as we enjoyed putting it all together! On behalf of us all here at Celebrations, we thank you all for your many years of laughter and support!
Randy Apostle - Artistic Director
* The participation of these Artists are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance, Opera, Theatre Policy.
Cherise Kotelniski – Class President/Sister Gladys/Amy
Welcome back to the 90s (as if?!)! While you're chillin' with your soup and salad, here's the 411: Cherie is old-school on the Celebrations stage. Her first show was hella close to the 90s....in 2003 (oh snap!). While Cherie has played many fly roles with this company, from John Lennon to a dagger-toting witch, she resonates the most with Amy Farrah Fowler; quirkiness and brutal honesty is the bomb! Before she bounces, Cherie would like to give mad props to the entire performance and production team behind this show, as they are truly all that and a bag of chips. At the risk of TMI, she also sends deep love to the real people in her life.
Zachary Parsons-Lozinski – Sheldon
Zachary is a 2011 graduate of the Theatre Arts program at MacEwan University in Edmonton AB; he is also an award winning night club entertainer, and comedian! You may remember Zachary from his previous work with Celebrations Dinner Theatre: FOOTSLOOSE (2014), or ONCE UPON A TIME IN GRACELAND (2015)! Zachary is thrilled to be back in Winnipeg, and here with you tonight - Enjoy the show!! Bazinga!!
Eddie Ayres – Leonard/Clark/Kyle
Hello Winnipeg! Eddie here! I hail from Canmore (15 minutes away from Banff) and I'm a mountain boy through and through. This is my introduction to Celebrations and I am ecstatic that my first production is a parody of one of my favorite TV shows! Being a huge science geek has definitely fueled my passion for this character and production. I am thrilled to be in my first theater production since high school! I have been very active in the improvisation scene for several years in Calgary and worked my way up to becoming the president of the Mount Royal University improvisation club. A little less than a year ago I started working with Jubilations as a part-time ad-cast. I quickly realized that this is where I am meant to be and what I'm meant to do and I couldn't be happier! I can't wait to experience your wonderful city and remember, smart is the new sexy!
Gabriel Stinson – Howard/Jason/Principal
Gabriel Will Stinson would like to say a big hello for the eighth time on the Celebrations stage! You might remember him as an old grouch, a Ghostbuster, a college psych student, a middle aged dentist, a restaurant owner or a detective. After spending two years financing and selling cars in Brooks Alberta (*twitch twitch*) he is THRILLED to be performing for you all again. He would like to sincerely thank you and all of the great supporters in his life for making it possible. He is truly blessed to be doing what he loves. Enjoy a fantastic evening’s entertainment!
Brooke McCann – Penny/Kelly
This is Brooke’s first time performing with Celebrations Dinner Theatre, and she is excited to be a part of the cast of Big Boom 3. After having graduated last summer with her Bachelor of Arts in English and Drama, Brooke moved from Calgary to Toronto, where she studied and performed with Straeon Acting Studios. Brooke has been singing and dancing most of her life, as well as acting in community theatre, commercial work, and student films in her hometown of Calgary, Alberta.
Mandi Maxwell –Bernadette/Katie/Sue
Born and raised in Winnipeg during the magical time that was the 90s, Mandi is back to reprise the role of Bernadette in her sixth-ish show with Celebrations. She was last seen in Once Upon a Time in Graceland when she took over the role of Regina the Evil Queen. Previous to that, she was seen in The Big Bang Theory 2: Time Travelling Geeks, Tom Jones and the Temple of Doom, Corner Gassed 2, and the Edmonton and Calgary runs of NCIS: Canadian Affair. Mandi is a graduate of the Academy of Acting (Winnipeg) and a former student at the University of Alberta where she studied Baby/Advanced Pochinko Clown with Jan Henderson. She has also studied voice acting at ToonVox in Calgary, improv at The Second City Hollywood, and had private animation voiceover training with Kirby Morrow in Vancouver. Recently, she was in Bruce McCulloch’s new TV series Young Drunk Punk, a regional commercial for AUPE’s The Alberta Way, MindFuel’s grade 7 Ignition Pack educational videos, and Family Doctor Finder, a regional commercial for the Government of Manitoba. (Sadly, no, she can’t help you find a family doctor, but she can direct you to those who can!) When she is not acting, she can be found roughhousing with her fat cat Sid or sitting in coffee shops writing her high fantasy novel. To keep up to date with Mandi, visit her website at www.mandimaxwell.com.
|Artistic Director||Randy Apostle*|
|Music Producer||WAMARH Music|
|Music Director||Greg Dunstan|
|Choreographer||Sam Manchulenko and Kristen Sawatzky|
|Sound/ Light Design||Randy Hadubiak|
|Sound/ Light Assistant||Gail Ksionzyk|
|Sets Design & Construction||Rom Fantini & Jaimie Cooney|
|Mural Design||Jaimie Cooney|
|Scene Painters||Jaimie Cooney, Karen Turnbull, Casey Richards, Genevieve Levasseur, and Gillian Moon|
|Costume Design||Tianna Lombardi|
|Cast Photographer||Jim Woroniuk|
|Shop Carpenter||Jaimie Cooney|
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Celebrations Dinner Theatre is licensed by The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
|*The participation of these Artists are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions|
Dinner Theatre Concept Production Team
The dinner theatre concept uses a consistent team for all productions. If a particular member of the production team is unavailable for a specific show, other alternatives are explored, such as guest writers and directors. The productions begin in Winnipeg where they run for approximately 10 weeks. At the end of the run in Winnipeg, the set, including lighting and sound designs, props, music and actors all move on to Edmonton where the show runs for another 10 weeks. The production team will then move on to Calgary. Unlike the restaurant business where management can be developed and moved from one location to another, the theatres require the services of a very specialized group of individuals. This group has been associated with the company since Janet Cunningham and Doug Stephen took over the Winnipeg dinner theatre in 1993. The biographies of the key individuals involved with the dinner theatre productions are presented below.
For the past 20 years or so, Randy has been the Artistic Director for WOW Productions the company that provides all of the shows for the Celebrations and Jubilations dinner theatre's in Winnipeg Edmonton and Calgary. Randy has headed up over 75 original productions for our venues, serving as writer on many and director of the vast majority.
In addition to artistic director, Randy also acts as producer for the shows. Auditioning and selecting the casts, script supervision, music selection and working with all other members of the production team on all aspects of each of our presentations.
Over his years in the Canadian arts, Randy has worked in many theatres across Western Canada as a Technician, Stage Manager, Writer, Actor, Singer, Musician and Director. Some of Randy's favourite roles have been in shows such as: Pontius Pilate in Jesus Christ Superstar, The Fantastics, Toronto Mississippi, The Foreigner and Last Call. A few Film and T.V. credits include: the motion picture - The Hessen Affair, made for TV projects - C7: The end of the world, Naughty or Nice, Killer Instinct, Hell on Heels and for those of you with long memories... 2 years on the children's show Putnam's Prairie Emporium!
Randy makes his home in Winnipeg where he lives with his wife Terri and their two year old son Jack! Besides his very busy schedule with the 3 theatres, Randy finds time to collaborate on a improvised soap opera on Monday evenings - "Soap Scum" at the Park Theatre in Winnipeg.
Randy would like to thank all of our patrons for their many years of laughter and support!
Randy is the individual responsible for the lights and sound in each dinner theatre production, including all aspects of the design process. Randy has performed those duties for over 20 years as a technician and designer. As the opening of each production approaches, Randy researches the music and history of the period in which the show is set in order to ensure that the production is as authentic as possible. Randy heads the technical staff in each location and as such is responsible for the transition from one show to another. That transition involves the set-up of the lights and speakers to suit the show, taking into consideration the uniqueness of each theatre. When Randy is not involved in a transition, he can often be found working the lights or sound in the Jubilations dinner theatre in the West Edmonton Mall.
Rom has been designing and building sets for the Celebrations and Jubilations concept dinner theatres since 1993. As a result of his technical expertise and professional background in graphic art, Rom was the logical choice to take charge of the entire set production and design.
While the design and building of each set is a major focus five times a year, Rom is also responsible for creating the environment for each production. That usually involves the design and decoration of the room in which the production is taking place. This adds to the authenticity of the production.
Over the past seven years, the beauty and complexity of the sets has grown dramatically. Rom's vision has the ability of bringing the stage to life while the themed walls complete the picture.
Van assists Randy Apostle in selecting the music for each production. Once the music is selected, Van maps out the music, records the bass and drum tracks, hires the stage musicians and goes into a studio to create the final product. When Van is not working for the Celebration and Jubilation dinner theatres, he is very much in demand on the Edmonton music scene as both a musician and musical director.