Join us again for all the fun and excitement of your favourite rebels, Darth Vador, lightsabres and a princess. Set to the best galactic rock tunes in the universe. The Force will be strong in you at Celebrations Dinner Theatre.
Director's & Writer's Notes
Director/Writer: Bob Cunningham
A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Celebrations Dinner Theatre produced a fun Star Wars parody called Star Warz: A Galactic Rock Comedy. Since Hollywood keeps making Star Wars movies we thought, hey let’s do another parody farce!
Welcome to Star Warz 2: The Farce Strikes Back! This time we take our silly comedic look at the “dark side” of the force. Many of the classic characters are back, along with a couple new friends. The Star Warz gang are once again rocking out to the hits of 70s and 80s while dancing like they’ve never danced before… except for Darth Vader… Vader don’t dance!
As always, it has been a pleasure to work with the amazing Celebrations Dinner Theatre team to make this show happen. From an amazing production team making truly magical experiences, to the fantastic in-house team of characters making each night an interactive and unique experience.
I hope you all have as much fun watching as we do creating! Sit back, enjoy the show and… May the farce be with you!
Artistic Director: Randy Apostle*
Hello folks, welcome to our next intergalactic adventure! It is always great fun to pay our own special tribute to blockbuster film franchises that have been viewed and enjoyed by so many people all over the world. Of course, these types of shows require much work by many talented artists and it is always a pleasure to see the magic they create, beginning with our writer and director for this one, Mr. Bob Cunningham. Over the years Bob has written and directed many shows and the “Star Warz” genre is one of his favourites! I give many thanks as always to our incredible production team… the set is amazing, the soundscape thrilling, the costumes spot on, the lighting superb, the music is rocking, the vocal direction is great, the choreography is terrific and the cast are all wonderful and hard-working! I also send my thanks to all the fine staff at Celebrations for their tireless work on each and every show! Thank you to Canadian Actor’s Equity Association and of course a big thanks to our General Partners, Janet Cunningham and Doug Stephen. I hope you all enjoy the show and I thank you for you many years of laughter and support!
Aimée Beaudoin* - Darth Tiffany/Beth
Aimée has been acting professionally on stage and screen for a long, long time in many different galaxies. This is her sixth show with Celebrations. Aimée has had the pleasure of being in Comedy Night in Canada, Pirates of the North Saskatchewan II, The Big Boom Theory 2, Oh Boy Buddy Holly and Hey Pretty Woman. She also co-wrote three shows for Celebrations, That's Dirty Dancing, Hey Pretty Woman, and Orange is the New Pink. You can watch Aimée on the small screen as well. She stars in the sketch comedy TV series CAUTION: May Contain Nuts (APTN) where she plays many different characters. Check it out, PVR it, it’s pretty funny! Aimée has also appeared on television in Hell on Wheels (AMC), Tiny Plastic Men (Superchannel) and Wynonna Earp (Syfy). Aimée is overjoyed to work with this extremely talented cast and her sweetheart Michael. Big love to her Mom, Grandma and Lizzie. The force runs strong in those three.
“I don’t want life to imitate art, I want life to be art” - Carrie Fisher
Michael O’Keefe - Darth Vader/Steve Bacca
Welcome to the Death Star! I am honoured to be back for my third tour with this amazing company. I previously portrayed the roles of: street wise candy dealer, Tootsie Roll, and dancing momma's boy, Norbert, in Hey, Pretty Woman. Followed by love struck music therapist, Man Bun, in Orange is the New Pink. Now I have the pleasure of playing ace pilot, Steve Bacca, and one of the most iconic villains of all time, Darth Vader, for tonight's performance. If you had told 8 year old me that he would grow up and get to play Darth Vader professionally, he would have said, "yeah obviously, I pretend to be him every time I'm talking into a fan." 8 year old me had too big of an ego and was wrong about most things, but alas, this time he was right. Needless to say this is a dream come true, and to be surrounded by such an amazing cast, crew and ad-cast really does make this experience out of this world! Oh yeah! Space puns! Now sit back, and leave your worries at the door. For tonight, they are in a galaxy far far away.
Kesinee Haney - Princess Leia
Kesinee is a singer, actor, and dancer originally from Calgary, AB, and is currently residing in Vancouver after five years of living in New York City. Kesinee is absolutely over the moon to be reprising her role of Princess Leia in her third Celebrations show. She could not be more proud to be sharing the stage with this incredible cast of stars warriors! You may have also seen her as Princess Leia in Star Warz: A Galactic Rock Comedy, or as Jane in Elvis and the Las Vegas Hangover. When she's not on the Celebrations stage, she has been seen in things like Uh-Oh!: A YTV Burlesque with Wink Yahoo (Geekenders), playing Jennifer in How I Met My Mother: A Back to the Future Musical (Geekenders), or playing Lieutenant Litzche in the off-Broadway production of Sea Legs: A Nautical New Musical.
Thank you to Bob, Randy, the whole crew and artistic team who made this show possible, and to my beloved friends and family who continue to support me and my dreams every single day. Now please, sit back, relax, hop onto the Millennium Falcon and let us take you to a galaxy far, far away.
And to my wonderful partner Corey...I know.
Corey Beaulieu - Hand Solo
Hailing from Vancouver, Corey has been a performer and a nerd from a young age and now those two worlds will culminate together in tonight's performance like a storm of honey and lightning as Star Wars meets musical comedy. Portraying one of his favourite fictional characters is an experience like no other for Corey. He is excited to play everyone's beloved handsome scoundrel for you tonight once again in this sequel to 2016's Star Warz: A Galactic Rock Comedy. When Corey is not acting in a scripted stage or screen performance, he loves to stretch his improv muscles in a weekly improvised soap opera full of laughs and drama. And if you are a fan of Twitch.tv, be sure to catch him playing and entertaining you at twitch.tv/badgersolo. So relax and may you enjoy his performance tonight as the man who shot first! And to Kesinee...I know.
Miranda Niehaus - Ray
I am thrilled to be invited back for my second show with Celebrations playing the part of Ray – I mean, what 21-year old girl doesn't want to have her own lightsabre and save the galaxy, right!? (yeah I see you nodding!) I am a graduate of the Victoria School of Performing Arts in Edmonton, and have had the opportunity to perform as a vocalist at K-Days and Big Valley Jamboree. You may remember me as Piper in Orange is the New Pink. Other credits include Oliver! (Fagan's Gang), CATS (Macavity/Plato) and West Side Story (Anybody's). I want to thank Randy and Bob, for believing in me and for allowing me to bring my energy to the Celebrations stage (and I have a lot of it!) and my fellow cast mates and crew for their support. I hope you find tonight's show out of this world!
Harrison Bentley - C3P0/Commander Karl
Hello, I am Harrison Bentley, actor-audience relations. It is a pleasure to have you here joining us tonight, and I hope you enjoy our presentation. In my spare time I have appeared on stage with Front Row Center players, Storybook Theater, and other companies back home in Calgary. If you have ventured out to Calgary, you may have seen me in such shows as: The Pajama Game – featured ensemble, Legally Blonde – Dewey/Kyle, Grease – Johnny Casino, The Mystery of Edwin Drood – Nick Cricker Jr./Deputy. With all this experience, I am fluent in over 6,000,000 forms of messing up the English language. Have fun rocking out with us in space and remember not to trust any strange computers.
|Writer||Bob Cunningham & Peter Nadolny|
|Artistic Director||Randy Apostle*|
|Music Producer||WAMARH Music|
|Music Director||Greg Dunstan|
|Rehearsal Stage Manager||Brent Buchanan|
|Sound/ Light Design||Randy Hadubiak|
|Sound/ Light Assistant||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||Lexy Rydzygowski and Bogusia Rydzygowski|
|Cast Photographer||Jim Woroniuk|
|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)
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.
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.