Nashville Tennessee is known the world over as the legendary home of Country Music, and at the center of that legend is the Country Music Museum and Hall of Fame. On an average day the museum attracts thousands of visitors… but at night is when the real fun starts!! The locals claim that if you happen to be passing the museum in the wee hours, you can hear the faint sounds of country stars past and present coming to life!!
Featuring hit songs from legends like Garth Brooks and Shania Twain, and modern country stars like Keith Urban, and Carrie Underwood… join us at Celebrations Dinner Theatre for “Night at the Museum of Country Music”
Director's & Writer's Notes
<img alt="" writer's="" notes:="" bob="" cunningham""="" data-cke-saved-src="http://www.celebrations.ca/images/uploads/cast_pics/Bob_Cunningham.jpg" src="http://www.celebrations.ca/images/uploads/cast_pics/Bob_Cunningham.jpg" style="width: 100px; height: 162px; margin: 5px; float: left;">Howdy y’all! Thanks for coming to the Museum of Country Music! Back in 2010 I wrote and directed Night at the Museum of Rock and Roll, and had an absolute blast doing it. Since that time I have had the great fortune of working with the amazing production team at Celebrations Dinner Theatre on several more occasions…Ghostbusted (writer/director), Elvis and the Las Vegas Hangover (writer/director), Star Warz: A Galactic Rock Comedy (writer/director), and Modern Family Vacation (writer). Now, here we are back for another “Night at the Museum”… I’ve come full circle. This time, however, we pull on our cowboy boots and start scootin’ and two steppin’ because this is the museum of Country Music! I invite you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show… but don’t relax too much… you never know what can happen on a Night at the Museum of Country Music!
Good evening everyone and welcome to Night at the Museum of Country Music! This is my directorial debut and I couldn’t have asked for a better show or staff to work on it with. I’ve been a part of this company in several ways off and on for over 20 years now and have known the wonderful writer of this show, Bob Cunningham, since high school and am thrilled to be shaping his words for you on stage tonight! Over those 20 plus years my acting career has blossomed in no small part due to the friendship and tutelage of Randy Apostle and everyone else within this company past and present that I’ve had the good fortune of working with. I have a high school English and Theatre degree but am a working actor/singer/performer by trade. It is truly my honour to begin directing with the company that started me on my career path. I hope y’all enjoy the show tonight as much as I did helping put it together for you! Cheers!
Jesse Calvert-Bill Hodges/Garth Brooks/Tim McGraw/Big/Alabama Guy
Hello there folks, it's me, Calvert! I’m all jazzed up to perform on the Celebrations stage once again for all you gorgeous folks!!! When I'm not performing I enjoy leather working, set designing and carpentry, writing, FX makeup, and making silver rings (check out, like, and share SixGun Coin Works on Facebook!). I’m an extremely proud father of a simply perfect 10 month old baby boy! I love and miss you already, this one is for you my son!!! Enjoy the show you crazy cats!
Cory Hicks-Delivery Guy/Willie Nelson/John Denver/Rich/Keith Urban
Cory is back in Winnipeg for his 12th show, the triumphant return of country music to Celebrations, and the best part? NO SNOW!!
It wasn't too long ago that Cory was here for Back From the Future with Michael Jackson as the despicable Biff Tanner, and he couldn't be happier to be back once again. Many thanks to Bob Cunningham for writing our hilarious words, Brad, Peter, Kristen and Greg for making sure we step in the right place at the right time with the right moves and the right words, the amazing ad-cast here for creating the immersive environment, and a HUGE list of people who make these shows possible (the list can be found in this very program!). A special thanks to his photographer, Yale, for making him look his best in his photos, the 5 other people he is so blessed to share the stage with for making this the greatest job in the universe, his friends and family back home for the love and support, and to YOU, the audience member, for choosing us over marathoning Netflix at home this evening! Strap on your boots, slap on your cowboy hats, and get ready to tap your toes to some of the best country from today and yesteryear! YEEHAWWW!
(When he isn't acting, Cory loves photography and would love it if you go visit his page www.facebook.com/coryhicksphotos or add him on Instagram @coryhicksphotos)
Rhys Harrison-Ted the Security Guard
Rhys Harrison is pleased as punch to be back at Celebrations for the second time as Ted the security guard. You may remember him from his first show, Corner Gassed 2, where he played resident town idiot Frank or from any of the characters he has played as an additional cast member. Not only is this Rhys' return to the Celebrations stage, it is his return to the mainland. He has spent the last four years getting his BFA in Acting at Memorial University in Corner Brook, Newfoundland performing in Anna Karenina, Love's Labour's Lost and Henry IV. It was also there that he made his directing/writing debut with his play Going Nowhere With You. He hopes you all enjoy your night tonight and would like to thank Tim McGraw for all he's done.
Melissa Cunningham-Linda Todd/Dolly Parton/Dixie1/Gretchen Wilson/Shania Twain
Melissa is an actress from Edmonton, Alberta. She graduated from MacEwan’s Theatre Arts Program in the spring of 2015 and she is very excited to be working with Celebrations Dinner Theatre on Night at the Museum of Country Music. Melissa’s theatre credits include: Catch Me If You Can, Big Fish, and Sondheim on Sondheim for MacEwan’s 2014/15 season; A Man of No Importance with The Walterdale; and The Steadfast Tin Soldier with Alberta Opera. Country music is what inspired Melissa to pursue theatre, so she is very excited to share this experience with you. She hopes you enjoy the show!
Jamie Hanneman-Taylor Swift/Dixie 2
Jamie is a recent graduate of the Music Program at MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB where she studied jazz and contemporary/popular music. Although she has been performing an abundance of jazz music as of late, she has always had a soft spot for musical theatre, especially since she grew up performing many Disney songs as a child and just as many as an adult. She is thrilled to be performing with Celebrations for the first time, and feels blessed to be a part of the cast of Night at The Museum of Country Music. Last but not least, she hopes that everyone enjoys the show!
Kathleen Fullerton-Lady Gaga
Kat is so excited to be back in Winnipeg with this fantastic bunch of people! You may remember her as Gloria in Modern Family Vacation and Poison Ivy in Battman and Boy Blunder. Kat is a graduate of the Theatre Arts program at MRU and the Television Production program at SAIT. She is also a writer, comedian and celebrity impersonator, and you can follow her on social media as “Almost Marilyn”.
|Artistic Director||Randy Apostle*|
|Music Producer||WAMARH Music|
|Music Director||Greg Dunstan|
|Sound/ Light Design||Randy Hadubiak|
|Sound/ Light Assistant||Gail Ksionzyk|
|Set Design||Jaimie Cooney|
|Set Construction||Jaimie Cooney & Rom Fantini|
|Mural Design||Jaimie Cooney|
|Scene Painters||Jaimie Cooney, Karen Turnbull, Casey Richards, Genevieve Levasseur, Rachel Maes & Katherine Inksetter|
|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.