It's the year 2015. Marty McFox and his wife Jennifer are throwing a smashing 25th wedding anniversary ball and you're invited! But something's amiss... When Marty and his best friend Doc travelled to the distant future 2015 - from 1985 - things appeared to be quite different than they are now... Doc and Marty discover the secret to correcting our present time-line may lie in the sequined-gloved hand of a certain Mega-Popstar-Icon... Only trouble is, they'll have to travel back through time to meet him! Will they be able to correct our present, or will they discover that the future they once knew is ancient history?!? ...Only time will tell... Join us on another amazing adventure with Doc and Marty set to the timeless tunes of the legendary King of Pop – Michael Jackson!
Director's & Writer's Notes
Writers Notes - Mat André
Good evening and welcome to tonight's festivities! Being a child of the 80s and a fan of sci-fi, when I first started with Celebrations/Jubilations in 2003 I was surprised to find out they had, at the time, never done a Ghostbusters spoof, a Star Wars show, a Back to the Future show, or a production showcasing Michael Jackson music! ... Well, here we are, twelve years in the “future” and I can safely say that all of that has finally come to pass. I was blessed with the chance to co-write and perform in my seventh show - last year's “Oh Boy, Buddy Holly!” - and was even more excited when I received the offer to write not only a Back to the Future show, but one with MJ in it! Not many can deny the impact both the movie series and MJ had, and continue to have to this day. I thought it could be fun to look into the lives of these characters and see how they might have all had an impact on each other throughout the years. With the guidance and wisdom of our Artistic Director, Randy Apostle and Director, Cory Wojcik, we have crafted the electrifying story you are now a part of! I hope you all enjoy the show tonight, and that it carries on with you well into the future! ...Your friend in time, Mat André
DIRECTOR – Cory Wojcik*
Remember drive-in movies? The drive-in is where I saw Back to the Future for the first time. After that I was hooked: I got a skateboard, started wearing jean jackets and listened to Huey Lewis and The News. Also, like many kids of the 80s, I went a bit batty for Michael Jackson when he came out with his Thriller album. When Artistic Director Randy Apostle asked me to direct this show I couldn’t say yes fast enough. The Back to the Future trilogy entwines 3 genres: science fiction, comedy, and action/adventure. We add some of the incredible music of Michael Jackson, and we’ve got one amazing spectacle. I hope you enjoy this crazy, fun show we’ve put together. On a more personal note, this is Lucille LaPorte’s (costume designer) last show before she retires. I have worked with Lucille since I started in children’s theatre 20 years ago. What an honour it is to work with her again for her final show. All the best, Lucille! Enjoy a long, relaxing retirement! You’ve earned it!
*appears with the permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR – Randy Apostle
Hello folks and welcome to Celebrations Dinner Theatre! Tonight we combine a few of the much loved characters from the popular “Back to the Future” movies with some of the amazing music created by the “King of Pop” Michael Jackson to create a fun adventure along with great music! I very much enjoyed collaborating with talented writer/performer Mat Andre and am very happy to be working with my old friend Cory Wojcik in the director’s chair on this piece. I am always amazed at the incredible talents of our WOW productions team and I also would like to acknowledge the generous support of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and our General Partners, Janet Cunningham and Doug Stephen. Lastly, I would like to send out a huge thank you to our costume designer Lucille Laporte, who is retiring after this show. I have had the great fortune of working with this amazingly talented lady for many years and can never thank her enough! I also thank you our audience for your many years of laughter and support.
Randy Apostle - Artistic Director
Crystal Chaitan – Michael Jackson/Diana Ross
Crystal is very excited to be returning to Celebrations, especially to portray one of her idols, the one and only...Michael Jackson! She was recently in That's Dirty Dancing and in previous years she was in Ghostbusted and 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!
Brent Buchanan* – Marty
Brent is elated to be returning to the Celebrations stage where he started his professional theatre career many moons ago. Brent was born in Carman, Manitoba and it always feels like home to return to the prairies. 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. Credits include: That’s Dirty Dancing, Johnny Be Goode, Two and Two Thirds Men – Celebrations Theatre: Twelfth Night, All’s Well That Ends Well, Trouble on Dibble Street, Macbeth, The Taming of the Shrew and Measure for Measure - St. Lawrence Shakespeare Festival: 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. Go Jets Go!!
*appears with the permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association
Lew Wetherell* – Doc
Lew is happy to be on a Celebrations stage after a three year hiatus. After playing Johnny Cash in Jailhouse Rock, he spent the last three years training and performing as a professional wrestler, terrorizing wrestling rings as The Sin City Strangler for Monster Pro Wrestling in Edmonton. Lew looks forward to showing you his kinder, gentler side as Doc Green. Lew would like to dedicate his performance to Q and to the love of his life, Debbie.
*appears with the permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association
Debbie Plaquin – Beej
Debbie is thrilled to be back at Celebrations for her 11th show. If she could time travel, she'd take you back to 1995 to her first exciting production with Celebrations, Fantasy's Island. It's been quite the ride for her since then with some favourites like Over the Rainbow, Greedy Rotten Scoundrels, and The Last Concert: Buddy Holly and Friends. She would like to thank the hardworking gang at the theatre who, year after year, make
performing at Celebrations seem like coming home. Thanks to her friends and family who make all things good. And lastly, thanks to Lew.
Camille Beauchamp – Jennifer
Camille is absolutely thrilled to be rejoining the Celebrations family for her second performance. Camille feels right at home when she is on stage performing and is a graduate from the Musical Theatre Program at the St-Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario. Recent credits include: Baby Hoseman in That’s Dirty Dancing, Celebrations Dinner Theatre; 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; Sheila in Hair, Brockville Arts Centre, Ontario. Camille would like to thank her parents for all their love and support and she looks forward to entertaining you this evening, so sit back, sing along and enjoy the show!
Cory Hicks - Biff / Elizabeth Taylor
Welcome to Neverland Ranch, where growing up is optional! This marks my 11th show with the company, so I'm a little lost for words...what can I write that you haven't read already? I hail from Calgary, Alberta and when I'm not on stage I love taking photos! Please feel free to browse my work! (www.facebook.com/coryhicksphotos) Many thanks to Randy and Peter for guiding us, our amazing crew that makes the magic possible, the fantastic cast for making my job easier, all my family and friends back home for all the support, my photographer Yale for my amazing headshot, and you, the audience for filling our lives with laughter and applause (I hope!) Strap yourself in, and prepare yourself for a time-traveling adventure!
|Artistic Director||Randy Apostle*|
|Music Producer||WAMARH Music|
|Music Director||Greg Dunstan|
|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, Jacqueline Loewen, Genevieve Levasseur, and Rachel Maes|
|Costume Design||Lucille Laporte/ Tianna Lombardi (Costume Assistant)|
|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
|Special thanks to Kristen Sawatzky for additional dance coaching|
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.