The greatest detective in the world, Sherlock Holmes, is on a lecture tour with his old chum and confidant Dr. Watson. Tonight they are in Winnipeg and many have gathered to hear one of the most acclaimed detectives of all time speak about the many cases he solved and even a few he did not. It is an evening full of entertainment as The Theatrical Theater of The Arts welcomes Mr. Holmes and shall be providing some musical offerings to accompany the dinner and discussion. But not all those in attendance are fans of Sherlock and his methods. The detective has made many enemies over the years and tonight one of his greatest foes returns to commence their battle of wits. Just as the great man is about to begin his lecture, a loud scream is heard in the other room (we all should have seen that coming). And WHAM, murders, fights, disguises and beautiful women, the game is afoot! The doors are locked and everyone is a suspect. Can Sherlock use his amazing gift of observation to crack this case? Who will be the next victim? Could it be you?... Set to the best “killer tunes” of the 80’s and 90’s, this modern spin on the classic character will have you singing and laughing all night long. Please join us at Celebrations Dinner Theatre for a new play from the writer of our very popular Big Boom Theory spoofs, Mr. Matt Falk and his latest offering: It’s Elementary Sherlock!
Director's & Writer's Notes
Writer’s Notes — Matt Falk:
Hi there! Sherlock Holmes is one of the most popular characters in literary history (for good reason) and that’s why I was honored and terrified to adapt him for the stage. Let’s just say, he’s a lot smarter than me and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Okay, I’m a little ashamed to admit it. I want to say congratulations to you, the audience, for getting out of the house today. You deserve this! I truly hope you enjoy my interpretation of Sherlock and if you don’t, I truly hope you will keep it to yourself (ha, ha)!
I’d like to thank Randy Apostle, who helped nurture my ideas into a cohesive and exciting script. A huge thank you goes to the cast and crew whose hard work and immense talent have transformed simple words into hilarious scenes.
Finally, I’d like to thank my Watson, my partner in crime and my better half; my wife Sabrina. You are an inspiration in my life that can hardly be matched. Enjoy the show.
Also, might I recommend the chicken? Bon Appetite!
Director's Notes — Randy Apostle:
I have been a huge fan of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s Sherlock Holmes character and mysteries from the day I first discovered them as a mere lad in the library back in Moose Jaw. I was thrilled when we decided to present our take on this exciting and complex character. He is such an interesting character that it has been estimated that “Sherlock” has been the most prolific character in film history, with the first known short film dating back to 1900. The many adaptations continue to this day with the recent Robert Downy Jr. films and with the television series’ both here in North America and in England. It has been my pleasure reacquainting myself with the original books and the many new takes on Sherlock and I hope you enjoy our humble homage. My many thanks to Matt Falk for his great script and to all the cast for bringing the characters to life, as well as the amazing production team who always amaze me with their talents and work. Welcome to the Theatrical Theatre of the Arts Theatre and the Sherlock Holmes Lecture Tour Extravaganza!
If you have any questions or comments regarding this or any of our shows please do feel free to email me and I thank you for your patronage.
Celebrations Dinner Theatre
Justin Kautz - SHERLOCK HOLMES
The Adventure of the Singing Screech Owl. Since setting his thespian pipe a-smolder with WOW Hospitality Concepts Inc. in Edmonton, Justin has had the remarkable fortune of developing during the productions of several musicals and dance theatre pieces. Most recently, this fledgling super-sleuth has experimented with the limits of his physicality and dramatic presentation through Toy Guns Dance Theatre’s 2014 summer tour of Red Wine French Toast... performed here at the Winnipeg Fringe Theatre Festival. Other guises donned by this novice of disguise include the Rum Tum Tugger (Cats), Charles Darnay (A Tale of Two Cities, the Musical) and Sid Sorokin (The Pajama Game).
Many thanks go to the mentors, friends and family that have encouraged and supported Justin. Deep thanks to the directors and crew here at Celebrations. Highest thanks to the author of life itself, endlessly adventurous, creative and loving.
Now, armed with pipe and hat, Justin will funnel his gratitude and enthusiasm for the role of Sherlock into the trifles, the details, and the methods that give life to this enigmatic Doyle detective. The game is afoot!
JILL MARTIN - LESLIE
Greetings, friends! Jill is thrilled and thankful to be making her third appearance upon the Celebrations stage. You might remember her as the quirky, rat-loving Phoebe from The Best of Friends Reunion or, as the awkward yet (somewhat) charming Stacey from Corner Gassed 2. In her spare time, Jill enjoys yoga, attempting to play guitar, computer games, playing with paints, cooking/baking treats and thinking about, well, almost everything. Some of her hopes and dreams include: traveling to Egypt and owning a goat farm. Owning a goat farm IN Egypt would just be an added bonus. (Side note: The ancient Egyptian Pharaoh Cephranes was buried with more than 2,000 goats. And now you know!) Jill hopes every single one of you - yes, especially you - has the most excellent of times this evening!
Brad Zacharias - Dr. JOHN WATSON
A hero is only as good as his sidekick, and what better sidekick than John Watson? Brad is thrilled to be portraying the good Doctor, and to return to the Celebrations stage. You may remember Brad as Ross in “Best of Friends Reunion”, but this time he vows to play a more competent doctor. Hailing from Carman, Manitoba, Brad also has done stints as Riff in West Side Story, Clifford Bradshaw in Cabaret, and some clowning around with his improv troupe, The Crosseyed Rascals. Brad would like to thank his friends and family, as well as the countless hours spent referencing pop culture that allowed him to be here today. And now, ladies and gentlemen, the game is afoot!
Julie Seroy - MISS MORAN
Throughout her four years at Celebrations, Julie has been lucky enough to portray an enthusiastic chef, wicked witch, rock and roll obsessed teenager, stubborn cop, ditsy neighbour x2, and is now looking forward to being “THE woman” for you tonight. Offstage you can likely find her talking about Disney, holding a beer, or rehearsing with her band (HungryHollow). She’d like to thank Mom and Dad, the purr babies, and all her friends back in Edmonton. Enjoy the show! Tonight’s performance is dedicated to Benedict Cumberbatch.
Joseph Davies* - STAGE MANAGER
Joseph is pleased to be back in Winnipeg now that the weather is nice and warm. He was here last winter in the Celebrations production of The British Invasion as Ed Sullivan. He has just recently thawed out. He has performed all across the country and some of his credits include The Producers, Picasso at the Lapin Agile, Party, The Rocky Horror Show, Toni and Tina’s Wedding, Three Penny Opera and A Closer Walk With Patsy Cline. He wonders why the Winnipeg Blue Bombers play here only on Thursday nights.
(* Appears Courtesy of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association)
Shannon Kehler - MOLLY
Good evening birds and blokes. Shannon Kehler is ecstatic to be back on the Celebrations stage. You might have seen her seducing British rockers as Betty Sullivan in The British Invasion, and now she is hoping to seduce you, and Sherlock, as the lovably awkward Molly Hooper. She’d like to thank her family for supporting her, and lastly she’d like to thank YOU, Marlon Brando, and David Bowie. ENJOY!
|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.