It’s great to be alive, in the summer of ’65… unless you’re Chris “Babe” Gardiner that is. You see Chris (Babe to those who know him) has to spend the best weeks of the summer with his parents at some boring resort. To add to Babe’s lament, his mother has even signed him up for dance lessons. Babe’s fortunes start to turn however, when he meets his beautiful dance instructor. Can the boy from a stuffy, upper crust family learn to let go and dance like no one is watching?
Celebrations Dinner Theatre presents More Dirty Dancing!
Director's & Writer's Notes
Writer/Director/Artistic Director : Bob Cunningham
A note from the writer/director of More Dirty Dancing: Thanks for joining us tonight. We’ve put together a fun show that we think has a little something for everyone. Fantastic singers singing great old songs, funny actors saying funny things, and some amazing dancers doing some amazing dance moves! We’ve taken the Dirty Dancing story and given it our Celebrations parody spin, and we think we’ve done it in such a way that fans of the move will love it, and those who’ve never even heard of the movie (aliens perhaps?) will enjoy it just as much!
Now, a note from the Artistic Director:
I have written and directed for Celebrations Dinner Theatre in the past and it has always been an amazing experience, so when they asked me to become the new Artistic Director I leapt at the chance. Randy Apostle, the fantastic Artistic Director for 25 years is moving into the front office and leaving some big shoes to fill. I will have my work cut out for me trying to fill them, and I plan to have plenty of fun doing it. I look back with immense respect at the years of stellar productions that Randy and the Celebrations team have put together, and at the same time I look forward to many years of working with this amazing team and producing more great shows here at Celebrations Dinner Theatre!
Have a fantastic time everyone!
Gillian Moon - Joannie Draper
Gillian is thrilled to be back on the Celebrations stage! You may recognize her from her last Celebrations adventure as Endora in Bewitching Elvis, but probably not — a giant red wig can be quite transformative. Though originally from Barrhead, Alberta, Gillian is now a bit of a nomad. She has toured extensively, performing from coast to coast and across France and the US with KOBA Entertainment and Celebrations Theatre. Gillian is a graduate of MacEwan University's Theatre Arts program, and holds a BA in English from the University of Winnipeg.
Mark Kazakoff - Babe Robinson
Mark is excited to be back again after recently finishing the run of Celebration's Runaway Bridesmaids through Edmonton and Calgary.
"There are so many new and thrilling challenges for me to dive into in this show, both physically and vocally, which has been fantastic. It is such a pleasure to be able to learn so much from my extraordinary fellow cast mates".
No longer a stranger to the road, Mark completed his BFA in Drama at the University of Calgary while on tour with Runaway Bridesmaids and just a year prior was fortunate enough to study performance abroad in the UK. When not on tour, Mark is a regular Improviser at Loose Moose Theatre, a roving clown with the Calgary International Kid's Festival, and a professional stilt walker with Green Fools Theatre.
Dan Allen - Hercule Charlmont
Dan is super excited to be back in Winnipeg for yet another Celebrations show! Dan began his career with Celebrations way back in 1997 in the classic country show Flatland Jamboree. More recently you may have seen Dan as the devious Pedro in last season’s Runaway Bridesmaids, or you may remember him from Another Flashdance playing the acclaimed Angelo Grand-Jete. Dan also played Cam from TV's Modern Family in the Celebrations production of Modern Family Vacation back in 2015. Dan would like to thank his family and friends for all of their support, but most of all Dan would like to thank his moustache for getting him yet another show.
Hanna Skibin - Mrs. Robinson
Hanna Kate is thrilled to be back on the Celebrations stage for More Dirty Dancing! This is Hanna's third show with Celebrations. Previous Celebrations credits include: Helen Harris in Runaway Bridesmaids and Danni in Greased 2. Other credits include Oh Canada, Jubilations Jr. Calgary; Rent The musical, Mimi Marquez; Rocky Horror Show, Magenta; Catch Me if You Can, Carol Strong. Hanna is a graduate of the Theatre Arts Program at MacEwan University in Edmonton, Ab. Hanna would like to give a huge thank you to her wonderful cast, crew, family, friends and to her other half, Dallen. Enjoy the show!
Chris Weymouth - Mikey / Gerald Giles
Christopher is an actor originally from Edmonton and is making his first leap to the main stage with Celebrations Dinner Theatre! Having previously been a part of the art scene in the Edmonton fringe, Chris is excited to bring his energy and charisma to a production filled with heart!
Working alongside a cast filled with immeasurable talent, this is sure to be an amazing experience. Be prepared to be swept off of your feet!
Maggie Paul - Betsy
Welcome everyone to More Dirty Dancing!
You might recognise this French-Canadian from her previous roles as Annie in Runaway Bridesmaids, Franky/Suzy in Greased 2, or as Granny M in the Calgary Jubilations Junior production of Oh Canada: A Canadian Summer Adventure. You might also have had the chance to catch Maggie’s name in the program as the co-writer of this year’s production of Bewitching Elvis.
Maggie is very grateful to be back on the Celebrations stage for another show, and would like to give a huge thanks to Bob Cunningham for this amazing opportunity, as well as everyone involved in the production for everything they do. You all deserve huge recognition for all your hard work, whether it is behind the scenes, or on the floor as Ad-Cast. Finally, Maggie would like to thank her mother, Johane, and all her close friends for their constant love and support throughout her journey. Enjoy the show!
|Artistic Director||Bob Cunningham|
|Music Producer||WAMARH Music|
|Music Director||Greg Dunstan|
|Sound Design||Randy Hadubiak|
|Lighting Design||Gail Ksionzyk|
|Set Design||Jaimie Cooney|
|Mural Design||Jaimie Cooney|
|Scene Painters||Jaimie Cooney, Karen Turnbull, Genevieve Levasseur, Casey Richards, and Katherine Inksetter|
|Shop Carpenter||Casey Richards|
|Set Carpenter||Brad Friese|
|Costume Design||Suzanne Petrasko|
|Cast Photographer||Jim Woroniuk|
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Celebrations Dinner Theatre is licensed by The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
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.
Bob Cunningham New Artisitic Director - Bio to come
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.
Jaimie is the set designer and head carpenter for Jubilations/Celebrations Dinner Theatres, in Winnipeg,Edmonton and Calgary. Jaimie and her creative team enjoy inventing exciting worlds for 5 new shows in 3 cities each year. From pirate ships and castles to underwater adventures each show presents its own challenge. They aim to create a backdrop that brings the audience into the story and action on stage. Born in Manitoba and raised in central Alberta, where she still resides today; Jaime received her Fine Arts Degree at Red Deer College in 2000 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Alberta College Of Art And Design in 2003. Straight out of college she began working with the theatre’s production team painting the wall murals and soon progressed to set construction and eventually set design, becoming head designer in 2017. Jaimie’s art work is also featured in other venues such as
Aussie Rules and the School Of Rock in Calgary as well as Cheers Pub and numerous homes in the Red Deer area.
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.