Where do all the late greats reside now? As the old saying goes, "If there is a heaven, they must have one hell of a band"! Join our hapless hero, a wannabe rock god, who after an untimely mistake ends up in heaven. Rock and Roll Heaven! All of your favourite rock stars are there to greet him from Buddy Holly, Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, The Beatles (Okay, 2 Beatles), Freddy Mercury, to Amy Winehouse and many more. But does he belong there? Only the King can decide his fate! You know who I'm talking about… We've sadly lost so many talented artists who have touched us and formed the soundtrack to our lives, but their music will last forever. Join Celebrations Dinner Theatre for our walk through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame…in heaven.
Director's & Writer's Notes
Director/Artistic Director: Randy Apostle*
Hello folks and welcome to our Rock & Roll Heaven! It has been a real treat putting this show together and we hope you enjoy our tribute to some amazing artists and their music. I would like to thank our writers, Bob and Peter, for their fun story and great music selections and as always kudos to our incredible production team. It takes the work of many artists to bring each of these original shows to the stage and I am constantly blown away by the incredible contributions of each and every department. I also thank the hard working staff here at Celebrations Dinner Theatre and our General Partners Janet Cunningham and Doug Stephen. Thanks to Canadian Actor’s Equity Association, and last but certainly not least, I give my many thanks and praise to our multi-talented cast for their wonderful work.
Co-Writer: Peter Nadolny
So many musicians were taken from us far too soon, but luckily their music will always live on. Under Randy's helpful guidance and co-writing with Bob, the difficult part in writing Rock and Roll Heaven was narrowing it down to the few artists you will see tonight. Their music has touched so many people and been the background for so many moments throughout history, big and small. First dances, a first kiss, graduation, weddings, children, family, work life, growing up and growing old, the music is always there and always will be. I hope you enjoy our story and the songs that accompany it. From our talented cast and production team to our staff in the theatres, our general partners and also to you, our audience, thanks to all that help make it happen.
Co-Writer: Bob Cunningham
Welcome to the big rock concert in the sky everyone! It was my absolute pleasure to put my head together with my friend, Peter Nadolny, to write Rock and Roll Heaven. Peter and I have worked together in many different facets throughout our long friendship but never as writing partners, so it was a new and exciting collaboration. Especially since he did all the heavy lifting! We worked hard to build a fun story around a list of songs from some the all-time greatest rock and roll icons who have passed on into legend. These great artists live on in our hearts through the amazing music they left behind, so we hope you’ll enjoy this opportunity to celebrate just a bit of their legacy with us.
Pamela Gordon*-Janis Joplin, Dusty Springfield, Karen Carpenter, Amy Winehouse
Previous Celebrations credit includes: Pirates of the North Saskatchewan 3. Other Theatre credits: Madame Thenardier, Les Miserables; Rainbow Stage. West Side Story; Oliver!; Cabaret; Grease; Little Shop of Horrors; Fiddler on the Roof; The Citadel Theatre. Jesus Christ Superstar; Cabaret; Chicago; Singin’ in the Rain; Guys and Dolls; Buddy, The Buddy Holly Story; Hair; The Mayfield Theatre. Cabaret; Legally Blonde; Theatre Aquarius. Cabaret; CATS; The Rocky Horror Show; Neptune Theatre.
We hope you enjoy this heavenly show full of wonderful artists that will have you reminiscing and tapping your toes!!! Enjoy the show!!!
Brad Wiebe*-Freddie Mercury, Roy Orbison, George Michael, David Bowie, John Lennon, David Cassidy, Leonard Cohen
Welcome, everyone, to our “Heavenly” show! On our stage Brad was most recently seen as Captain.Nobeard in Pirates of the North Saskatchewan 3 and behind the scenes directing Night at the Museum of Country Music and Orange is the New Pink. Brad has performed across Canada as artists like Steve Perry, Jon Bon Jovi, Carmen Miranda and of course “The King” Elvis! Recent theatre credits include Cabaret, filling in for Berger in Hair and playing Jesus Christ in Jesus Christ Superstar at The Mayfield. Brad would like to send out a huge thank you to all his family and friends including the cast and everyone here at Celebrations, especially his wonderful wife Pamela! Lastly, thanks to all of you for joining us! Brad is selling his debut CD after the show if you’re interested, so come on by and say hi as you leave! Enjoy the show!
Oh well hey there everyone! I’m so excited to be back with Celebrations for my second show! So many great tunes, and I could not have asked for a better group of people to share the stage with. When not on this stage I am on another with my band called Hungry Hollow! Music is my passion and tonight I want to share that with all of you! Special thanks to Randy Apostle for the opportunity, the rest of the crew here at Celebrations, and of course my wife and cats.
Welcome to heaven on earth!! Well at least pretty close! Your angelic guide this evening is played by Dallen Girard, who you might remember from Another Flashdance as Reggie. Dallen is sooooo happy to be able to have the opportunity to be back on stage again. Strap on your wigs, guitar, and halo and get ready to rock out with some of music’s beloved stars. Dallen dedicates his performance to him Momma for always supporting him in following his dreams.
Yale is a musical theatre actress hailing from Jubilations Dinner Theatre in Calgary. She spent her most of her childhood training in improv and acting at Pumphouse Theatres and Storybook Theatre, followed by finding her calling at Jubilations YYC. Yale’s recent appearance as Beauty in Jubilations Juniors premiere show, Beauty and the Grinch, shook the Christmas season. In her spare time, Yale relishes in starting new journals constantly in hopes that one day she might finally have a full journal...
Her parents, Christine and Frank, mean the world to her and will always make three peas in a pod. She sends big thanks out to her Ad-cast family back home for all the love and support and a special thanks to Bob Cunningham and Randy Apostle for making her dream job a real world phenomenon.
Now, she’s braved the Trans Canada Hwy and is here to, as they say, “Wow, your pants off your legs”. Ladies and gentleman, heaven is open 24/7."
Thomas Cliplef-JJ, Buddy Holly, Jim Morrison, Gord Downie, George Harrison, Frank Sinatra
Thomas is a singer/songwriter/performer from Calgary, Alberta Canada. After a year-long stint ad-casting at Jubilations Dinner Theatre, and a year of living, teaching, and busking in Japan, Thomas has settled on making an actual career out of performing—playing and singing his own stuff at various Calgary venues weekly, writing and performing sketches and break-tunes at Jubilations, and now staring in his first musical theatre production. He is ready to have a groovy time in Rock and Roll Heaven and hopes you are too!
|Writers||Bob Cunningham & Peter Nadolny|
|Artistic Director||Randy Apostle*|
|Music Producer||WAMARH Music|
|Music Director||Greg Dunstan|
|Assistant Choreographer||Rebekah Jones|
|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|
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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.
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.