On one strange night, in a little town in the middle of nowhere Manitoba, something very strange and magical happened. The kids at Shallow Water High have spent their entire grade twelve year writing letters to their favorite rock n roll stars, begging them to come and play at their graduation dance. As this is to be Shallow Water's last graduation, the town has become too small and the school is closing. The kids have tried many tactics to convince their idols to appear, including stories from several generations of students about the school and what it has meant to them. The whole town became swept up in the campaign and everyone believed that one of the stars was sure to come...What they never ever expected was for Buddy Holly, The Everly Brothers and Patti Page all to show up! We invite you to attend the best Rock N Roll Graduation Party of all time Oh Boy, Buddy Holly!
Director's & Writer's Notes
Co-Writer’s Notes — Mat André:
Good evening and welcome to our rockin’ grad party! It’s beyond awesome to have you join us tonight - especially as this marks my debut in writing for the Celebrations stage! When approached by our theatre’s artistic director, Randy Apostle, about collaborating on an upcoming production based on the music of some of history’s most iconic rock n’ roll stars I couldn’t have been more ecstatic! And what better way to tell a rockin’ story than to let the music speak for itself. The tunes tell such fantastic stories of love and romance, heartache and happiness, and how to just have a rockin’ good time, that all we had to do was listen and enjoy as the stories began to unfold before us and evolve into the magical fun-filled evening before you! Not only have I learned and grown so much throughout the experience, but it’s been an utter blast working with Randy as well as the rest of the cast and crew so far (as usual!). I look forward to “Ravin’ On” for the next 9 months touring with the show on-stage as Mr. Buddy Holly, Don Everly and Pickles! I truly hope you enjoy the show and we look forward to having you join us for many, many more down the line! Happy graduation!
Co-Writer/Director's Notes — Randy Apostle:
There is something about 1950`s music that just seems to bring a smile to one’s face. Even the sad ballads about love gone wrong still somehow bring along that smile. Over the years we have featured the wonderful music of Buddy Holly quite a few times. Each time, I am reminded of all the great songs he brought to the world in such a short time and I am happy to share a few of those songs tonight. This show, we also feature some hits from the talented Everly Brothers and a couple songs from Miss Patti Paige for fun as well. I truly hope you enjoy these songs half as much as we enjoyed putting them all together. They create a perfect musical accompaniment to the 3 stories that Mat Andre and I have come up with for you tonight. It was a pleasure working with Mat on this script and the pleasure continued as I got to work with this very talented cast!
I hope you enjoy the show and please do feel free to email me any questions, comments, concerns, compliments about any of our shows and I shall be happy to respond.
I thank you for your patronage and laughter!
MAT ANDRÉ - Buddy Holly/Pickles/Don Everly
Hey there, and happy grad y’all! To say I’m excited to be back in my seventh show on the Celebrations stage would be an enormous understatement! This time around, not only have I been blessed with the chance to portray some of the greatest rock ‘n rollers of all time alongside some of the greatest performers and friends of all time, but I also have been granted the wonderful opportunity to have a hand in co-writing our show with our talented and creative artistic director - Randy Apostle! A HUGE thank you to Randy, all my friends, family, my beautiful love Daphne, and everyone involved in bringing the magic to life before your very eyes this very evening! Feel free to get in touch or check out some of my art, music, and other passions on my website – www.mat-andre.blogspot.ca. Enjoy the show and keep on a-Rockin!
DAPHNE BRADBURY - Suzy/Claire
Daphne is beaming with excitement as this is her debut performance here at Celebrations. Some of Daphne’s experience includes having the pleasure to work with some awesome companies such as Soap Scum and Magic Toaster Productions in various stage and film projects...... Brainnnnnnsss!
That being said, working with this group is something else entirely! She can find few words to express how grateful she is to share this time with the closest of friends. To Mat, big X! Also, for their huge inspiration, she sends her love and thanks to all of her family and friends back in Newfoundland. To those of you right here right now - tonight’s your night to escape the twenty first century with us and journey to another time and place. Let’s party like we’re going outta style!
CORY HICKS - Lou/Rick
Welcome to Shallow Water High School for our very last dance!
This marks show number TEN with the company (name them all and maybe I’ll buy you a drink!) starting long ago with 3 Cheers: Play it Again Sam. You may remember my face from earlier this year as Ringo (and the rest of the drummers!) in British Invasion and it’s great to be back in this amazing city! After ten shows, and writing ten different profiles, I’ll keep it short and just thank EVERYONE involved in this company, from the director to the stage manager, the AMAZING cast I get to work with, our crew, our choreographer, staff, the people who find our props, and COUNTLESS others who don’t get enough credit for the amazing things they do, THANK YOU! I have to say hi to my amazing friends back home in Calgary (especially my roommates holding down the fort and the additional cast back at home). Thank you to my family for their endless love and support, and YOU in the audience for supporting live theatre! Well, so much for keeping it short... enjoy the show!
CHERIE KOTELNISKI - Cathy/Coach Clementine/Patti Page/ Page/'Mommy'
Welcome to Celebrations: A magical world where life is a musical - and we’re all in it together!! Cherie joyfully returns for her 5th funfest with these folks after 5 years of delusional desk job dreams. You may have seen her on this stage in Pirates II, Desperate Households, Magical Mystery Tour, and CSI Moosejaw. Performing with the acting and writing talents of her dearest friends is a dream come true for Cherie. She dedicates this performance to love: it is realness that radiates, feeding us all....and it’s easy to give.
CHRIS SCHERMBRUCKER - Teddy/Phil Everly/Johnny/Jules
I’m very excited to be doing my second show with Celebrations. Earlier this year I had the pleasure of working with Cory Hicks (Lou/Rick) in The British Invasion, focusing on the music of the 1960’s including the Beatles and Rolling Stones. I’m now looking forward to working with new friends as we go back even further than the Invasion and re-live the music of the 50’s, along with a funny and feel good story. Enjoy!
AIMÉE BEAUDOIN* - Peggie Sue Q/Vice Principal Leya
She grew up a country bumpkin from Tomahawk AB. Slowly and surely, Aimée Beaudoin outgrew her under bite and became a benevolent Goddess of mischief...aka an actress. She thrives on the colour pink, hot wings, and writing about herself in the third person. This is her fourth tour at Celebrations. Aimée had a blast in The Big Boom Theory II (Penny/Natasha), Pirates of the North Saskatchewan II (Elsie the Goat woman) and Comedy Night in Canada (Goldie Hawn). Aimée stars in the Edmonton-born sketch comedy TV series CAUTION: May Contain Nuts (APTN) where she played 42 different characters and was the sole female writer on the team. Aimée was nominated for two Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Female TV Performance as well as a third nod for Best Ensemble for CAUTION. She was honoured to be nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Screenwriter for the third season. Aimée is the leading lady in the hilarious horror/comedy feature Truckstop Bloodsuckers which airs on BiteTV and also earned Aimée a Best Actress nomination at the AMPIA’s. Aimée spent three years in Vancouver where she founded Sin Peaks Live Weekly Improvised Soap Opera. Aimée is also an accomplished stand-up comedian who performs regularly at open mics around Winnipeg. To check out her work on CAUTION: May Contain Nuts, go to www.nutsonline.tv and if you fancy scoffing at her musings, follow her on the Twitter @JustAimeezing!! Rave on kids!
(* Appears Courtesy of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association)
|Writers||Mat André and Randy Apostle|
|Artistic Director||Randy Apostle*|
|Music Producer||WAMARH Music|
|Music Director||Greg Dunstan|
|Choreographers||Kristen Sawatzky & Deb Axelrod|
|Props||Darah Mclean & Ashley Burdett|
|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, Kristen Sawatzky, Shannon Jacques & Jacquie Loewen|
|Costume Design||Lucille Laporte|
|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
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.