It’s the early 1960’s and the world is a rapidly changing place but one place where tradition remains is the Kellermen`s Prairie Resort. The Hoseman family spends their summer vacations here every year, as Dr. Hoseman is also the physician of the owner, Max Kellerman. The resort offers many recreational activities but one of the most popular is the annual talent show which is the reason we have all gathered here tonight. “Baby” Hoseman is the youngest of the family and just beginning to explore independence, dancing, and the opposite sex… It is a summer time romance story, loved by many and perfect for our crazy team to pay homage to. We feature some great songs from the 80’s while spoofing this much loved coming of age story. All set at the Kellerman’s posh prairie resort, which also happens to employ a very odd groundskeeper, who is constantly doing battle with a surprisingly clever band of pesky prairie dogs! Please do join us at Celebrations Dinner Theatre for our fun filled spoof…That’s Dirty Dancing!
Director's & Writer's Notes
Co-Writer’s Notes — Aimeé Beaudoin:
This is my first writing gig with Celebrations and I am absolutely thrilled that I get the opportunity to spoof a movie loved by myself, my girlfriends, my girlfriend’s moms and most of the cougars in the northern hemisphere. I have performed in four shows with Celebrations, (Comedy Night in Canada, Pirates of the North Saskatchewan 2, The Big Boom Theory 2, Oh Boy Buddy Holly), and am so proud to call this company my home and my family. Being a dancer myself, it is thrilling to write a show with a focus on the energy that can explode between two people when they dance together. Anyone who’s ever salsa-danced with a Mexican hombre on a booze-cruise in the middle of the Pacific can attest to that! No? Just me? I had the pleasure of seeing Mr. Patrick Swayze in person when he was shooting a movie in West Edmonton Mall and I was working at our sister theatre in Edmonton. Let me tell you ladies, the man was even more handsome in person! I would like to thank Randy Apostle for being such a great collaborator and giving me this chance. I would also like to thank our resident choreographer Kristen Sawatzky for consistently creating fantastic pieces that push the boundaries of art, emotion and comedy through movement. And finally thank-you Mom for teaching me how to write. Now find your happy place, hug your honey, and enjoy!
Co-Writer/Director's Notes — Randy Apostle*:
Welcome to our first production of 2015 and thank you for joining us here at Celebrations. Tonight, we are taking you back to the summer of 1963 to the beautiful Kellermen’s Prairie Golf Resort. This hidden hideaway has a long tradition of pampering their guests and hiring the very best young staff to do so. The club offers many recreational activities some of the most popular being the variety of dance classes. The resort also features a stunning golf course that is recognized as the best the prairies has to offer. This is the sixties and the times they are a changing, but not too quickly here at Kellermens, enjoy your stay!
It has been a pleasure working on this project right from inception when I had the bright idea, (I have a few) to ask the talented Aimee to co-write the show with me. I have so much enjoyed collaborating and creating a fun send up of this much loved movie. The setting for the story is the early sixties and this provided us with some wonderful music to explore along with the 80’s hits made popular in the film. Next the many talented folks on the production team bring the setting from the page to the stage along with a wonderfully talented cast who breathe life into the characters and magic to the songs and dances. I also would like to acknowledge the generous support of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association. We all hope you enjoy our production of “That’s Dirty Dancing!”
Any questions, comments and especially compliments can always be sent to me at the email addresses below and once again, thank you for your patronage and laughter.
(* Appear with the permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association)
Camille Beauchamp - Baby Hoseman
Camille is absolutely thrilled to be joining the Celebrations family for her debut role in That’s Dirty Dancing. Camille feels right at home when she is on stage performing and is a graduate from the Musical Theatre Performance program at the St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario. Recent credits include: Camille Beauchamp Live in Concert (The Gladstone Theatre, Ottawa); The Two Gentlemen of Verona and The Tempest (St-Lawrence Shakespeare Festival, Prescott, Ontario); The Ugly Duckling (Little Red Theatre, Toronto); Private Lives (The Gladstone, Ottawa); Sandy in Grease (Brockville Arts Centre, Ontario). Camille looks forward to entertaining you this evening, so sit back, sing along and enjoy the show!
Jeff Rivet - Johnny Dungeon
Hey Winnipeg! It’s been a while! I’m so glad to be back in this city and back on this stage. You may recognize me from The Big Boom Theory, Jump for Glee, Mamma Mio, Law and Order: The Canadian Files, and/or the Alberta portion of The Big Boom Theory 2. Hailing from Stony Plain, Alberta, I went to Grant MacEwan University for musical theatre. I have also done work with the Edmonton Fringe Festival doing Sterling nominated shows such as Reefer Madness and Bare: a Pop Opera. On my free time I like to read, head to the gym, and feed my new found addiction of Dragon Age Inquisition. Hope you folks enjoy the show and dance a little on the dirty side!
Crystal Chaitan - Maxine Kellerman
Crystal is very excited to be returning to Celebrations! Her last show here was Ghostbusted and before that Night at the Museum of Rock and Roll. Crystal has been residing in Alberta for the last several years and keeps active on stage and camera. Thanks to friends and family who have always been very supportive. Thanks for joining us tonight and enjoy the show!
Mitch Lukinuk - Kris
Mitch is very excited to be making his return to Celebrations in That’s Dirty Dancing. Mitch is a born and raised Calgarian who has always had a passion for the stage. Currently he is also one of 2 resident choreographers for the Calgary Foundation of Performing Arts. Favourite credits include: Elvis and The Las Vegas Hangover (Phil), Legally Blonde the Musical (Nikos), Children of Eden (Abel), Bare (Lucas), Rent (Angel), and Zanna Don’t (Zanna). Special thanks to Mom & Dad, Tanner, Travis, Eden, Richard and all of my friends and family for their ongoing support, and to this fabulous cast! Hope you enjoy the show!
Ariel Gerard - Lizzie Hoseman
Ariel is so excited to be back at Celebrations and getting down with That’s Dirty Dancing. She is returning to the stage for her 6th show. You may remember her from, Canadian Graffiti, Magical Mystery Tour, Desperate Households, Pirates of the North Saskatchewan 2, and Sexy Gals in the City. She is returning to the company after a five year break singing overseas and moving to the Caribbean. Although Winnipeg is not quite as warm as where she now calls home, she’s ready to heat it up with you all. “Enjoy the show!!!” XOXO
Brent Buchanan* - Jake Hoseman / Happy
Brent is elated to be returning to the Celebrations stage and is excited to be working with such a talented cast and crew once again. Brent grew up in Carman, Manitoba and it always feels like home to return to Winnipeg. Moving to Toronto in 2000 to attend and graduate from George Brown Theatre School has afforded Brent many successes and friendships in music and acting and he considers himself one of the lucky ones to be doing what he loves for a living. Recent credits include; The Tempest, Two Gentleman of Verona (SLSF Prescott, Ontario), Johnny Be Goode, Two and Two Thirds Men (Celebrations), Twelfth Night, All’s Well That Ends Well, Trouble on Dibble Street, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew, Measure for Measure (SLSF), Peace Love and Rock and Roll (Mayfield Theatre, Edmonton), The Lord of the Rings - World premiere (Princess of Wales Theatre, Toronto). Brent would like to take this opportunity to thank his many friends and family whose constant love, support and encouragement are an integral part of his success both on and off the stage. Brent would also like to acknowledge the generous support of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association.
(* Appear with the permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association)
|Writers||Aimeé Beaudoin and Randy Apostle|
|Artistic Director||Randy Apostle*|
|Music Producer||WAMARH Music|
|Music Director||Greg Dunstan|
|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, Gillian Moon, Brandi Chemerika, 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.