The town of Belmont is a quiet little community, nestled in the heart of the Prairies, a little too quiet actually. Upon her first day as the new mayor, Edith Ogilvy enacted a new bi-law strictly forbidding anyone within the town limits from engaging in the horrendous act of dancing. Needless to say, this doesn't sit well with the local youth, prompting the new girl in town, “Lark”, to lead a rebellion bent on restoring liberty to their home and dancing to their lives. Featuring hits from the iconic film, along with a slew of 80's pop classics, Celebrations is pleased to present this exciting musical spoof, from writer C. Haley (Good Vibrations Summer of ’68) and R. Apostle, it’s time for - Footsloose!
Director's & Writer's Notes
Co-Writer: Craig Haley
The first pop album I remember owning was a cassette tape copy of Footloose: The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. I doubt that tape lasted a year, thanks to my incessant replaying of the title song (Never mind, my parent’s sanity.). That great tune along with so many more from that era, still mean a great deal to me after all these years. I was absolutely thrilled to have the chance to contribute to this show and not only pay tribute to the great music of the 80’s, but to this classic film as well. I’d like to thank all of the fine folks at Celebrations for affording me this opportunity and I hope all of you, our audience, enjoy the show.
Director / Co-Writer / Artistic Director: Randy Apostle
Good evening and thank you for joining us here at Celebrations. Tonight, we are asking you all to be citizens of the sleepy little town of Belmont MB. Our mayor, Edith Ogilvy, has enacted a new by-law strictly forbidding all dancing within city limits. This doesn't sit well with the local youth prompting the new girl in town, Lark, to lead us on a dance rebellion! Featuring hits from the iconic film, and other 80's pop classics, we hope to have you laughing and dancing as we all get a little Footsloose!
It has been a true pleasure working on this homage to such a wonderful story. For those familiar with the tale, we truly hope you enjoy our role reversal approach. As always, it requires the hard work of many artists to create our shows. Thanks to Craig H. for his hilarious script input and kudos to the incredible production team, whom have been hard at work on the show for many weeks. I also thank all the staff here at Celebrations and the Canad Inns. Finally, I thank this incredibly talented cast for all their contributions and amazing work. Enjoy the show and if you have any questions or comments on this or any of our shows, please feel free to send me an email.
Celebrations Dinner Theatre
Kate Holley - Lark Griswald
Kate Holley graduated from the Theatre Arts program at Grant MacEwan University in April 2012, where she had the opportunity of playing Clio in Xanadu. Other recent credits include Carmen in Habanera (Mob Hit Productions), Violet in Side Show (Fighting Chance Productions), Grease (Footlight Theatre) and Hazardous Love (DeFakto Theatre Co.) Kate is super excited to be in her first Celebrations show!
Brandi Chemerika - Mayor Edith Ogilvy, Sally & Kristen
Brandi is excited to be back in her hometown for round 14 with Celebrations! You may remember her from last years production of My Big Fat Winnipeg Wedding. During her time away from the stage, you may find Brandi in any of the following places: Mexico, Morroco, Spain, Senegal, Dominican Republic,The Gambia, Peru, Paris, London, Ecuador, The Galápagos Islands and anywhere else that doesn't involve a Winnipeg winter...Hugs and smooches to Mom, Dad, Holly, Sam and Evan. Enjoy the evening!
Philip Frias - Sheriff Les Griswald, Bubba
I am beyond thrilled to be on this new adventure “Footsloose”. Since I can remember, my business has been music and performing and it has taken me to some amazing places. I couldn’t be happier that it has now brought me to my first show with Celebrations Dinner Theatre. Many thanks go to my family and friends that support this dream of mine of being a performer. It is with their love, and of course understanding, that I am able to do something that I am so passionate about. Other credits include: Legally Blonde, Miss Saigon, West Side Story, RENT, The Wedding Singer, and many more.
Sooooo, now that the serious stuff is done, Let’s DANCE!!!!
Zachary Parsons-Lozinski - Mason Ogilvy, Luke & Freddie
Zachary is a 2011 graduate of the Theatre Arts program at MacEwan University; he is also the Artistic Director of 50% Fruit Theatre in Edmonton. Previous credits include: Tommy Ross in Carrie: The Musical (50% Fruit), Jean in Miss Julie (50% Fruit), Caderousse in The Count of Monte Cristo (Mob Hit), Beethoven in Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead (Rabid Marmot), and Renfield in Dracula (Escape Route). Zachary is also a successful performer in the Alberta nightlife community, performing in night clubs across the province. Zachary is very excited to be performing in his first Celebrations Dinner Theatre production, after having Ad-Casted in Edmonton. He hopes that you are as excited as he is to get FOOTSLOOSE!
Gillian Moon - Dusty Rhodes & Monica
Hailing from Barrhead, Alberta, Gillian is thrilled to be putting her small town upbringing to good use! Gillian has frequently performed on the Celebrations stage, most recently as Monica in Best of Friends Reunion. She has also appeared as a ditsy cheerleader, a quirky old lady, and a giant hamburger. Much love to Peter and MJF and Bob. Enjoy!
Danny Gullekson - Alfred ‘Alf’ Alphason & Norm
Danny is absolutely thrilled to be back in Winnipeg, performing on the Celebrations stage once again! If you've been here as many times as he has, you may remember Danny from last year’s hit, The Big Boom Theory or from a handful of other shows over the past few years. Big thanks go out to his friends and family for all the support and he hopes you enjoy the show!
|Writers||Randy Apostle* & Craig Haley|
|Artistic Director||Randy Apostle*|
|Music Producer||WAMARH Music|
|Music Director||Greg Dunstan|
|Choreographer||Kristen Sawatzky & Kelly Swan|
|Props||Darah Mclean & Ashley Burdett|
|Sound/ Light Design||Randy Hadubiak|
|Sound/ Light Assistant||Gail Ksionzyk|
|Set Design & Contruction||Rom Fantini & Jaimie Cooney|
|Mural Design||Jaimie Cooney|
|Scene Painters||Jaimie Cooney, Karen Turnbull, Jill Martin, Shannon Jacques, Jacquie Loewen|
|Carpenter's Assistant||Janet Sarvis|
|Costume Design||Lucille Laporte|
|Cast Photographer||Jim Woroniuk|
|Shop Carpenter||Jaimie Cooney|
|Playbill Advertising & Design||Cedar Publishing Corp 1-866-414-1560|
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.