Ahoy, sea dogs! Man the masts! Secure the rum! Captain Jack returns to set sail down the mighty river Saskatchewan for one final pilgrimage! The great Admiral Northington has arranged a truce with all prairie Pirates! Tonight, they all gather to sign the peace treaty - could this be the end of the Pirates of the North Saskatchewan?
Take no heed if you have not seen the Pirates of the North Saskatchewan 1 or 2, this is a stand-alone tale! A new swashbuckling adventure complimented with classic rock hits of the 70s! Aye, this is the tale of the most treacherous, the most terrifying, this be the final tale of the Pirates of the North Saskatchewan! From the creators of our pirate adventures one and two, Celebrations is proud to present the final swashbuckling tale!
Director's & Writer's Notes
Writer's Notes: Cory Wojcik
Wow! What an honour! I never expected, 10 years after the first one, to be penning the 3rd installment of The Pirates of the North Saskatchewan. In fact, were it not for you, our audience, voting for Pirates 1 in a survey this whole thing would’ve never happened. So, thanks!
A frequent question I get asked about writing a script for Celebrations is:
what comes first, the music or the story? For this whole trilogy, it’s been the music first. The best decision I ever made is to set this saga to classic rock music. Here’s some math and some behind the scenes stuff for you: each show has about 18-20 songs in it. So, for a trilogy we’re talking about 60 songs. Each show has a different story thanks to the richness of the genre.
I want to thank every actor involved over the years: every greedy pirate, every boatswain, every goat woman, every witch, every sister or brother, every Mother or Father, every Captain or Colonel, every beaver of unusual size, and every seasick lover. I thank you! The success of these shows, have been because of your great generosity as actors and people. Particularly, I want to tip my hat to Murray Farnell, who has journeyed through all three shows as Captain Jack Partridge. Each story revolves around different members of Captain Jack’s family and I couldn’t imagine anyone else in that role but Murray.
Of course I also want to thank the other constants of this trilogy, Artistic Director Randy Apostle and the production team. I cannot express how much their support over the years has helped me to develop my skills as a writer.
I do hope you enjoy this final tale of the Pirates of the North Saskatchewan!
**Catch Cory this summer at Rainbow Stage appearing in all 3 Rainbow stage productions!
Director's Notes: Randy Apostle
I have been directing, producing and writing shows for over 25 years, hard to believe sometimes, ha, ha. It has been a very interesting career full of many incredibly talented people and so many shows. One of the benefits of working with many artists that I have discovered as of late, is the joy of many coming back to work with our theatre again. Cory Wojcik has worked with us many times over the years and it is a pleasure indeed to once again collaborate with this very funny, well known Winnipeg performer and writer.
This cast brings along some old and talented friends as well. Pam, who has starred in many musicals in theatres across Canada, is back here where her career first began. Brad, another busy performer, was last seen on our stage in Ghostbusted! Kelly has been in numerous shows with us, most recently The British Invasion which she has left early from the Edmonton run to lend her talents to our pirate adventure. Nathaniel, yet another performer who I have had the pleasure of working with many times over the years, was last seen in My Big Fat Winnipeg Wedding. Melissa has a few shows under her belt and has been great in them all. Murray, another busy Winnipeg performer and old friend, is not only a veteran to our Pirate adventures but also worked with our company for many years in many capacities.
I am blessed to work with these familiar and talented folks along with our production team who are made up of some of the hardest working people I know and all of us truly hope our efforts bring enjoyment to you all! We are very pleased to present: Pirates of the North Saskatchewan III As always, I thank you for your support and if you have any questions or comments about this or any other of our shows please do feel free to contact me.
Celebrations Dinner Theatre
Murray Farnell* - Captain Jack Partridge
Greetings mates! I’m back for my third go-round as everyone’s favourite scallywag. Cutting my teeth here, and being an alumni of the Professional Training Ensemble at Prairie Theatre Exchange, I’ve had the privilege of working on stage, screen and sound booth across the prairies.
Theatre credits include The Melville Boys; The Shunning (RMTC), The Laramie Project; Portage and Munsch: 50 Below Zero (PTE), Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare (White Rabbit), The Crackwalker (Sweet & Salty), Sunday in the Park with George (Galleryworks), Here Lies Henry (Canadian Fringe).
Also, I’ve voiced many characters for cartoons such as Lanfeust Quest, Supa Strikas, and Mind-blowing Breakthroughs, and been a uppeteer and voice actor for Lost Tales of Brothers Grimm.
For more, check out my website: http://murball1980.wix.com/murballproductions Thanks to my family and my wonderful friends for all that they do, and to you for coming! Now, enjoy the ringing of swords and the blast of the cannons. Savvy?
(* Appears Courtesy of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association)
Kelly Benzing - Commodore Northington
Kelly is very excited that you all could join her as she sets sail and journeys across the open seas! Kelly has studied classical and opera training since the age of 5. You may remember Kelly from some previous shows such as Thank You Mr. Presley, Mugs and Molls: A Mobster Musical, Jump for Glee, My Big Fat Winnipeg Wedding and The British Invasion. Kelly would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard on this production. A GIANT thank you to Kelly’s friends and family who have always stuck behind her and supported her dreams. Hope you all have a great night tonight and don’t forget to try the Rum! Yarrrrrr!!!!
Nathaniel Woodward - Bruno
Adventure! Nathaniel is no stranger to it. After a breathtaking journey through Guatemala and the open seas of Belize, Nathaniel is delighted to embark on yet another. Joining an amazing cast, this will be Celebrations show number 9 for this swashbuckler. Latest credits include My Big Fat Winnipeg Wedding, Mugs and Molls and Summer of ‘68. To view some of Nathaniel’s adventure photos and paintings, visit his website www.natearte.com. Sending lots of love to all those back on the farm
Melissa Dorsey - Annie Toonette
From Armstrong, BC, Melissa Dorsey moved to Calgary, AB to study music at Rocky Mountain College and acting at Company of Rogues Actor’s Studio. This is Melissa’s second time in Winnipeg but she has been seen on the Calgary stage in many shows including Greased, Grey’s House of Anatomy and Jailhouse Rock. Besides running around with pirates, Melissa runs her own private music studio (DaCapo with Dorsey), performs with ADHD Sketch Comedy, dubs English for a few different anime cartoons, and works with drama & musicals in high schools around Calgary. Thank You to my brilliantly talented and supportive family! You can see more about Melissa Dorsey & her creative family on her website: www.melissadorsey.workbooklive.com.
Brad Wiebe* - Captain Nobeard
Yo Ho and a bottle of rum for everyone!! What better way to celebrate Winnipeg’s wonderful summer than with a tale of Pirates in Saskatchewan! Haha, Rough Riders aren’t welcome in these waters Yarrrr! (Apologies to Sask fans but…well, bad pirate yarrr!)Brad is excited to swing a sword and bare his teeth in this swashbuckling tale with a terrific group of Pirates that he’s had the pleasure of working with from day 1 (or -3 depending on how you look at it, hehe). Recently Brad was a Kit Kat boy in Theatre Aquarius’s production of Cabaret, young Elvis among many others in the Mayfield production of American History of Rock n Roll and was last seen here at Celebrations as Pete Winkman in Ghostbusted. Grab yourself some rum or whatever your inner pirate desires and climb aboard for a fun loving night of adventure! Brad would like to thank his family and friends for their love and support and his sexy pirate wife Pamela who he’s so lucky to share the stage and life with.
(* Appears Courtesy of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association)
Pamela Gordon* - Daisy Jones
After travelling the seven seas with her band EarthBeat for a few years and performing all over theatres across Canada Pamela is thrilled to be returning to the Celebrations stage! You may have seen her playing a variety of colorful characters all named ‘Petula’ here amongst the Ad-Cast off and on between playing Janis Joplin and many others in the Mayfield’s production of American History of Rock n Roll and most recently Sally Bowles in Theatre Aquarius’s production of Cabaret. Pamela is most excited to be working with such sweet, um scratch that, terrifying bunch of pirates you will have the pleasure of seeing!! She hopes you will have as much of an adventurous time watching it as we had putting it together!! Yaaarrrrrrr!!!
(* Appears Courtesy of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association)
|Artistic Director||Randy Apostle*|
|Music Producer||WAMARH Music|
|Music Director||Greg Dunstan|
|Choreographers||Kristen Sawatzky, Deb Axelrod & Laura Kolisnyk|
|Fight Coreographers||Janine Hodder and Alex D. Mackie|
|Props||Darah Mclean & Ashley Burdett|
|Sound/ Light Design||Randy Hadubiak|
|Sound/ Light Assistant||Gail Ksionzyk|
|Set Design & Contruction||Rom Fantini & Jaimie Cooney|
|Mural Design||Jamie Cooney & Rom Fantini|
|Scene Painters||Jaimie Cooney, Karen Turnbull, Jill Martin, Shannon Jacques, Gillian Moon & 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.