Everyone’s favorite Modern Family is in need of a vacation… from each other! Jay and his beautiful Cuban wife have decided to celebrate their anniversary by taking a romantic cruise just the two of them… no kids, no family, no problems. Well actually… one problem… the rest of the family has decided to surprise them by taking the cruise as well. They are charting a course aboard the cruise ship Titanic II, modeled after the original. You are all invited to climb aboard… join the Modern Family on this modern cruise ship… it’s called the Titanic… what could possibly go wrong?!?!
Director's & Writer's Notes
As a big fan of the TV show Modern Family, I was thrilled to have the opportunity to write a Celebrations Dinner Theatre parody version. My hope was to capture the traits of the characters that the shows fans have come to love, while still having an original take on them. I also tried to match the characters with great songs that we all know and love, and that I could really see those characters singing.
I hope that, in the end, there is something here for everyone to enjoy… for fans of the TV show Modern Family, and for fans of Celebrations Dinner Theatre.
So cast off on this Modern Family Vacation, and enjoy the ride!
Bob Cunningham - Writer
We have had a great time putting together this spoof for you all. The TV show came on the air in 2009 and has been a fan favourite winning numerous awards, including the Emmy Award for Outstanding Comedy Series, right from the start. Variety Magazine, sums up the show: "Flitting among three storylines, it's smart, nimble and best of all, funny, while actually making a point about the evolving nature of what constitutes 'family’.”
The show has provided us with some wonderful characters to go on vacation with and Bob Cunningham takes this group on a fun romp aboard the Titanic II...what could possibly go wrong? The music is great and sure to be familiar! I am happy to be working with such a talented cast and, as always, thankful to all the members of the production team for their talents and hard work! I also would like to acknowledge the generous support of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and our General Partners, Janet Cunningham and Doug Stephen. I thank you our audience for your laughter and support, if you have any questions or concerns about any of our shows please do feel free to write - email@example.com
Randy Apostle - Artistic Director
*appears with the permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association
Dave Elder - Phil Murphy / Neuf
Dave is overboard with joy to be joining the crew again. This will be his 3rd cruise with the theater, having appeared in Mugs and Molls and Pirates of the North Saskatchewan 3. Between those two getaways, he was landlocked with the acappella group Hoja for 3 years. He can also be found marooned at youtube.com/triforcefilms. Now pack your bags and enjoy a well-deserved vacation.
Kate Holley - Clair Murphy / Kate the Cruise Director
Kate is super excited to be back on the Celebrations stage again, after playing Lark in Footsloose last year. Kate graduated from the Theatre Arts program at Grant MacEwan University in 2012 and since then she's been doing theatre in whatever Canadian city she can find work! Kate would like to thank her amazing, supportive family and friends. She can't wait to bring one of her favorite TV shows to life!
Geoff Hughes* - Jay Richards / Captain Jim Sheppard
Geoff Hughes is very happy to make his fourth appearance at Celebrations having performed in Tom Jones and the Temple of Doom as Tom Jones, NCIS; The Canadian Affair and GoldThumb way back before the internet was a thing. For many years Geoff has performed Improv Comedy locally, including with the long-standing Winnipeg Fringe hit The D n D Improv Show (check it out this summer). Geoff has written 8 plays and travelled the province frequently to perform Dinner Theatre, Improv and Children’s Theatre, including this past Fall with Green Kids and Recycle This!. Earlier this year he fulfilled a lifelong dream when he played an Irish bare-knuckle boxer on CBS’s The Pinkertons (episode 110). He also once voiced an App as “Sparky the Fire Dog” where he had to bark with an Irish accent at Winnipeg’s DaCapo Studios. Geoff is very grateful he has been given the chance to share his passion for entertaining and is very excited to be with his new family (the cast) in this musical version of the amazing TV show Modern Family!
* appears with the permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association
Kathleen Fullerton - Gloria Richards
After a decade away from Winnipeg, Kat is beyond thrilled to be returning to the Celebrations stage! Last seen as Poison Ivy in Batt-man and Boy Blunder, Kat recently graduated from the Television Production program at SAIT in Calgary and was a quarter-finalist in the 2014 Page International Screenwriting Contest. She would like to thank everyone at Celebrations for their support, and sends much love to her family and friends but especially to her dog Rusty, who loves it when she sings to him!
Nathaniel Woodward - Mitch Richards / Charles Chamberlain the Fourth
Nathaniel is ready for an entire year of vacationing with this amazing cast. This is Nathaniel's 10th show with Celebrations. You may remember him as a pirate, a mob boss, or perhaps a bully football player. Watch as another transformation, or several rather, take place. Follow Nathaniel on his blog www.natearte.com. Now sit back and let the sway of the ship aid in your digestion.
Dan Allen - Cam Passmore
It’s been a 17 year hiatus since Dan Allen has done a show with Celebrations Dinner Theatre and he is very excited to be back to bring the role of Cam to the Celebrations stage! You may remember Dan from Flatland Jamboree in the role of Joe Willard, as well as many years of ad-cast characters both in Winnipeg and Edmonton. Dan has performed with Stage Polaris Theatre in Edmonton for many years as well as making numerous TV and film appearances. Dan invites you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the show!
|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, Shannon Jacques, Gillian Moon, Kharytia Bilash, and Rachel Maes|
|Costume Design||Lucille Laporte/ Tianna Lombardi (Costume Assistant)|
|Cast Photographer||Jim Woroniuk|
|Shop Carpenter||Jaimie Cooney|
|Playbill Advertising & Design||Call (204)982-8282|
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.