It is a period galactic civil war!! There are rebels with spaceships, Jedi with lightsabers… there is a princess, a smuggler, and robots, the Evil Darth Vador and singing… yes you heard me… singing of your favorite galactic rock tunes of the 70’s and 80’s.
Join us for Star Warz: A Galactic Rock Comedy at Celebrations Dinner Theatre… and the force will be with you!
Director's & Writer's Notes
WRITER/DIRECTOR – Bob Cunningham
Welcome everyone to a rock music, comedy version of probably the most iconic space movie ever made. So many parodies of the Star Wars movies have been done through the years, I hope our Celebrations Dinner Theatre take on it will entertain as much as those that have come before. Our goal was to have something in this show for everyone… the die-hard Star Wars fans, the casual fans, and the “never seen it” crowd. I think we have succeeded in that endeavour, and I very much hope that you will agree. I am, as are so many other kids of my generation, a child of the movies… and none had a bigger influence on my youth than Star Wars. I hope that shows through as you watch tonight’s show. So sit back and let us take you to a galaxy far, far away!
Good evening folks and welcome to Celebrations. We are very excited to be presenting Mr. Bob Cunningham`s Star Warz: A Galactic Rock Comedy! The WOW production team have been working very hard to bring this futuristic romp to you all and I am, as always, amazed at what they have created. I give many thanks to Bob for penning this fun piece and for his great work directing this very talented cast. I also would like to acknowledge the generous support of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and our General Partners, Janet Cunningham and Doug Stephen. Even more importantly, I thank you, our audience for your many years of laughter and support, if you have any questions or concerns about any of our shows, please do feel free to write me at: - email@example.com
Randy Apostle - Artistic Director
appears with the permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association
Brad Zacharias - Luke Young “Skyrocker”
A long time ago, in a playground far, far away, a young Brad first heard about a movie with spaceships, mystical powers, and swords made of lasers. Jump to present day, and young Brad is over the moon to be Luke! (Wait, that's no moon...)
You may recognize Brad from his previous roles at Celebrations as Watson in It's Elementary, Sherlock or Ross in Best of Friends Reunion. When not on stage, Brad can be found still trying to entertain people or sleeping. Brad wants to thank his friends, family, and wonderful lady Jeny for helping him get here. Now, for your part, remember your first time traveling to that galaxy far, far away, and bring back that sense of wonder. You're in for a trip...
Corey James – Hand Solo
Hailing from Calgary, Corey is a spirited young actor who is based out of Vancouver and now he is thrilled to bring his passion and ability to the stage once more. Five years ago he moved to Vancouver to attend University and pursue his acting career where he now works in film, television and voice acting. Returning for his third show with WOW Hospitality, Corey is thrilled to fulfill his fanboy heart and be a part of the Star Wars universe as the man who shot first!
Len Harvey *- Ben “Obi-wan” Kenobi
In 1977 a father took an eight year old boy to a movie that changed the boy’s life. As the lights dimmed that father, a reserved Englishman, whispered excitedly to the boy "You are going to love this!"
No single motion picture has moved that boy as much since. A whole Universe of possibilities opened before those wide blue eyes.
38 years later, with eyes nearly as wide, that boy, now a middle aged man, has found that one of those amazing possibilities is the opportunity to perform in a new version of that classic story.
Len is overjoyed to be playing Obi Wan Kenobi in Star Warz. Continuing a very successful series of shows with Celebrations that include Hard Days Knights as King Arthur, Ghostbusters as the demon Boggert and Mr. Bougiere the hotel manager, and Allan in Elvis and The Las Vegas Hangover, Len anticipates an even more successful run with Star Warz. Please enjoy this reboot of the epic Space Opera, and remember, the force will be with you, always.
*appears with the permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association
Christine Baker – Darian
Christine is beyond excited to be playing Darian in Celebrations' Star Warz: A Galactic Rock Comedy! Christine is a native Calgarian who did her Bachelor of Fine Arts at the University of Calgary followed up by three years at the Canadian College of Performing Arts. Some recent shows that Christine has performed in include: playing Inga in Young Frankenstein, Margaret in Sense and Sensibility, and Ensemble in Spring Awakening. Christine has been training for this Galactic mission her entire life but this is her first time using the force...and performing with Celebrations. Christine is delighted to share this out of this Galaxy show with you and is so grateful to have had the experience of working with this amazing cast and crew! So sit back, relax and let yourself get sucked into the wormhole!
Kesinee Haney – Princess Leia
Kesinee is absolutely thrilled to be back on the Celebrations stage after an incredible experience as Jane in Elvis and the Las Vegas Hangover. Although she currently calls New York City her home, she is originally from the good ol' city of Calgary. She honestly still can't quite believe how lucky she is to be able to rock a center part and the iconic buns, not to mention use the force, as Princess Leia! She grew up with the original Star Wars trilogy and has admired Leia for forever, so this truly is a dream come true! Kesinee cannot wait to share the stage with the other wonderful cast members and to take you all to a galaxy far, far away. Enjoy the show and may the force be with you!
Yianni Assimakis – Kristoff/Trooper Carl
From the time I was 5 until now, Star Wars has been a huge part of my life. Never being able to fit in to the regular world I found it easier* to surround myself with the magic and force that is the Star Wars universe. The books, movies, games, toys, posters, Halloween costumes and lightsaber battles we all had as children never really left our hearts and minds and we get to re-ignite all that again tonight! You have all seen me here before as Elvis Presley** & the villain from Elvis and the Las Vegas Hangover, and tonight I get to bring to you a brand new character from the very funny mind of Bob Cunningham. Star Wars has always been such a huge part of our culture and another generation gets to experience just how amazing it is and we get to help make those experiences a reality! I started with this company out in Calgary nearly a decade ago, and this will truly be my finest work! Winnipeg you have always treated me well and I am honored to perform our piece of Star Warz here for you tonight. I would like to thank my brothers for keeping Star Wars and me together all this time and reminding me why I do all of this. Thank you. Hi MOM***!
*Mr. Assimakis requires cheer and laughter to survive.
**Mr. Assimakis requires loud crowds and smiles to survive.
***Mr. Assimakis requires food and water to survive, MOM SEND BAKLAVA!
|Artistic Director||Randy Apostle*|
|Music Producer||WAMARH Music|
|Music Director||Greg Dunstan|
|Choreographers||Deb Axelrod and Laura Kolisnyk|
|Sound/ Light Design||Randy Hadubiak|
|Sound/ Light Assistant||Gail Ksionzyk|
|Sets Designed & Contruction By||Rom Fantini & Jaimie Cooney|
|Mural Design||Jaimie Cooney|
|Scene Painters||Jaimie Cooney, Karen Turnbull, Shannon Jacques, Katherine Inksetter, and Rachel Maes|
|Costume Design||Lucille Laporte/ Tianna Lombardi (Costume Assistant)|
|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)
*Courtesy of Canadian Actors' Equity Association
|Videos||Scott Cranwill and Tim Cranwill|
|Wookie Voiceovers||Fresh Radio’s “Keppler” from Edmonton, AB|
|Thanks to Dave Elder and Welshtyn Heglund for assistance with the voiceover recordings|
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.