A spoof on the hugely popular movie released in 1990. Our telling of this romantic tale will have some new twists and turns and, of course, laughter. Set to music from the late 80`s and early 90`s sure to bring back a memory or two. Hey, Pretty Woman! is a romantic comedy about how the most unlikely of matches can wind up falling in love... but no one ever said it would easy! Please join us, as we watch Edward and Vivian beat the odds and circumstances to find each other and all the laughs along the way. Hey, Pretty Woman!
Director's & Writer's Notes
Co-Writer– Aimée Beaudoin
Firstly I have to tell you that Winnipeg audiences are hands down the best audiences in the country, so thank you all for coming tonight. You give us so much energy, so much love, and we so love giving it back to you. Thank you to my Artistic Director, Randy Apostle, for letting me co-write this story with you, it’s my absolute pleasure collaborating with you. Thanks to my Mom for all the support and hard work you do to keep our family strong. Thanks to Chef Boyardee for making delicious ravioli that always keeps my writer's juices flowing. Thanks to all the ad-cast working hard to make this night magical for everyone. Thanks to Doug and Janet for giving us a place to be creative and make people happy. Thanks to Julia Roberts for making what was supposed to be a small, low budget, Disney rom-com into one of the most iconic films of all time. I am so grateful to be able to start the year off this way, making a love story with so many people who I hold so close to my heart. Y'all have a good time tonight and be sweet to each other, lots of smooches, lots of amour, and lots and lots of sugar. XO
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR/DIRECTOR/CO-WRITER – Randy Apostle*
Happy New Year everyone and welcome to our first show of 2016 here at Celebrations Dinner Theatre! I have had a wonderful time working on this project. Many thanks to my writing partner, Aimée. This is our second collaboration after our first kick at the cat with That’s Dirty Dancing and I believe we had even more fun this time around! Perhaps I am just a romantic at heart but I always enjoy a good love story and I hope you folks have as much fun watching, as we did writing it. We have assembled a wonderfully talented cast to present our funny tale and a hit list of music that we hope will being a back a fond memory or two for some of you and perhaps introduce some old classics to those who may have been a bit too young when they first hit the airwaves. I thank all of the members on our WOW productions team for their many, many talents and good work! I also would like to acknowledge the generous support of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and our General Partners, Janet Cunningham and Doug Stephen. Finally, I thank you, our audience, for your many years of laughter and support.
Randy Apostle - Artistic Director
Alvaro Gonzalo* – Edward Lucas
After being on a very long hiatus, Alvaro is glad to be back in the saddle with Celebrations! The last show he was in was back in 2006...wow! While on hiatus, Alvaro was touring South East Asia and the Middle East in the band Generation. After living back in Regina for the past two years, the gypsy blood kicked in again! So, he would like to thank (Remove to) Randy for allowing him this wonderful opportunity to work with such a wonderful cast and crew!! Alvaro would like to dedicate this show to his beautiful family especially his mother and father, Adriana and Santiago!! Much love to Chago, Kim, Ashtyn, and Tristan!! So, please sit back relax and enjoy the show!
*appears with the permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association
Kelly Benzing – Vivian
Kelly is so excited to be returning to the Celebrations stage for her 7th show. Kelly started taking singing lessons at a very young age and has always known that performing was what she wanted to do. Past shows include: Pirates III, British Invasion, My Big Fat Winnipeg Wedding, Jump for Glee, Mugs and Molls, and Thank you, Mr. Presley. A big thank you to Randy, Peter, and everyone behind the scenes. A special shout out to Kelly’s friends and family. Tonight’s performance is dedicated to her hero, Stewart Benzing.
Aimée Beaudoin* - Kit DeLuca/Jeneen Morris
Aimée has been acting professionally on stage and screen for the past ten years. This is her fifth show with Celebrations. She had the pleasure of being in Comedy Night in Canada, Pirates II, The Big Boom Theory 2, and Oh Boy Buddy Holly!. She also co-wrote her first show for Celebrations last year, a lil diddy called That's Dirty Dancing. Aimée's performances don't always include dinner, she is known for starring in the sketch comedy TV series CAUTION: May Contain Nuts (APTN) where she played 42 different characters and was a co-writer for 26 episodes. Aimée was nominated for two Canadian Comedy Awards for Best Female TV Performance as well as a third nod for Best Ensemble for CAUTION. She was also nominated for a Canadian Screen Award for Best Screenwriter for the third season. Aimée is the leading lady in the hilarious horror/comedy feature Truckstop Bloodsuckers which airs on BiteTV and earned Aimée a Best Actress nomination at the AMPIA's. Aimée spent three years in Vancouver where she founded Sin Peaks Live Weekly Improvised Soap Opera. Aimée has most recently appeared on television in Hell on Wheels (AMC), Tiny Plastic Men (Superchannel) and Wynonna Earp (Syfy). Aimée is so excited to work with this genuinely talented cast, she is tickled pink to have the chance to be on such an A-Team. Stay off the candy and follow her on (Remove the) Twitter @JustAimeezing
*appears with the permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association
Andrea Bailey - Laurie Thompson/Sally
Andrea is returning to the stage for her fourth show with Celebrations after a failed attempt at retirement. If she stops moving on the stage just hand her an oil can. Select credits include; Amy Farrah Fowler in The Big Boom Theory parts 1 & 2, Evelyn Barber in Two and Two Thirds Men (Celebrations) Annie/Shelley in Evil Dead: The Musical (Down Stage Right Productions), Vivienne Kensington in Legally Blonde the Musical (Theatre Under The Stars), Columbia in The Rocky Horror Show, Olivia in Twelfth Night (Project X Productions), Mae in The Wild Party (Pint Size Tall Productions). Special thanks to Andrea’s Mom and Dad, Ian, and the PS4 that will take her place while she’s away on tour.
Danny Gullekson – Phil Buckley/Store Clerk
Danny hails from Calgary, Alberta and couldn’t be more thrilled to be back in Winnipeg with this amazing cast and crew! He was last seen on stage in Cabaret (Mayfield Theatre, Edmonton) and before that, as the mullet rocking Alf, in our musical spoof of Footloose. You may also remember Danny from a handful of other Celebrations shows including: The Big Boom Theory, Jump For Glee, Tom Jones and the Temple of Doom and CSI: Little Murder on the Prairie. When he isn’t performing on stage, Danny can be found jumping on trampolines, flipping on tumble tracks or just monkeying around on various circus apparatus’. Danny would like to thank his friends and family for their endless amounts of love, support and encouragement. Enjoy the show!
Michael O’Keefe –Tootsie Roll/Norbert Morris
Michael O'Keefe is absolutely over the moon to be performing in his first show with this wonderful company. His first acting role was sweet baby Jesus at the tender age of 1 and he's loved acting ever since. You may remember him as your server when he was here for a month last December. This will be his first foray onto the musical theatre stage and he couldn't have done it without this amazing cast of Celebrations superstars he gets to perform with... Literally. It took a long time for them to explain to him he doesn't have to bus tables anymore. So now that you've stepped through those doors, get ready. You are no longer in the CanadInn hotel, you are in a very upscale hotel called Chateau Winnipeg! Let the legend of Hey Pretty Woman begin!
|Writer||Aimee Beaudoin and Randy Apostle|
|Artistic Director||Randy Apostle*|
|Music Producer||WAMARH Music|
|Music Director||Greg Dunstan|
|Props||Darah McLean and 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, Genevieve Levasseur, and Rachel Maes|
|Costume Design||Tianna Lombardi and Lucille Laporte|
|Cast Photographer||Jim Woroniuk|
|Shop Carpenter||Jaimie Cooney|
|Playbill Advertising & Design||Call 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.