Samantha Stephens and her husband Darren are trying to live a normal married life, but Samantha’s witch mother, Endora, doesn’t make it very easy for them. One day, Samantha decides to organize a surprise birthday party for her dear friend Eleanor but she is determined to not use magic. Sam knows that her friend has always been a big fan of Elvis, so she hires an impersonator for the party. However, when Endora drops in unexpectedly and meets the impersonator, she is not very impressed. Suddenly, the doorbell rings and the guests are arriving, Samantha implores her mother to leave, which she agrees to do, but not before turning the unfit impersonator into the real Elvis…
Please join us at Celebrations/Jubilations Dinner Theatre and get ready to laugh and sing along to some of the great songs of the sixties as Elvis shows off his moves in this comedic spoof of the much loved “Bewitched” television series.
Director's & Writer's Notes
Director/Co-Writer/Artistic Director: Randy Apostle*
Good evening folks and welcome to the Salem Club where we are all celebrating our dear friend Eleanor's birthday! Samantha Stevens has planned this little bash and her husband Darrin and his Boss Larry have also pitched in to make tonight fun for all! They all hope you have a great time and thank you for coming!
It has been a pleasure working on this show! I had a great time co-writing with new writer Maggie Paul Frédette, who is actually a cast member in our Greased 2 show that is still running in Calgary.
We both had a blast with the very funny characters from this old TV classic that we hope will bring many laughs for audience members of all ages!
I have been blessed to have a delightful cast who bring these characters and our story to life while also delivering these fantastic songs and dances! Of course, I send my many thanks to our amazing production team for the incredible set, costumes, choreography, vocal direction, lighting and sound effects. Every department delivers a wonderful product each and every show! I hope you all enjoy our latest show and I thank you again for your many years of laughter and support.
I also thank our general Partners, Janet Cunningham and Doug Stephen as well as the Canadian Actors Equity Association.
Co-Writer: Maggie Paul Frédette
Hello everyone, and welcome to Celebrations Dinner Theatre! I am very thankful to have had the opportunity to debut as one of the co-writers for this great company. I have been a fan of “Bewitched” since childhood and am thrilled to see this fun parody, that we magically conjured, come to life. I hope that all of you enjoy viewing this play as much as we did writing it.
I have been working for this company for four years now as part of the amazing Ad-cast team, and onstage as an actor for the 2017 production of Greased 2 as “Frankie/ Suzy”. I have also been part of the New Works Festival and I am a proud member of the “Playwrights Guild of Canada.” A big dream of mine is to be a playwright and I am very thankful to Randy Apostle for giving me the chance to bring some of my writing to life. We have worked really hard on this project, and we hope to see all of you laugh and sing along to the theatrical adventure that is Bewitching Elvis.
Finally, I would like to thank the entire production team, our beautiful talented cast and the general partners for making all of this possible. As well as all the hardworking Ad-cast, Celebrations managers and the box office that strive to make your night the best it can be. Of course, we thank you, the audience, for keeping theatre alive and we hope to see you again soon!
We encourage you to immerse yourself in this world we all have created and remember have fun. Enjoy the magic!
Joe Davies* - Uncle Arthur
Joseph has done more shows here at Celebrations than he can remember. He was here last year at the same time for Ferris Bueller's School Of Rock. When not performing on stage he spends his time at the Calgary Spark Science Centre as a science demonstrator and a planetarium presenter. He is now well versed in the principles of liquid nitrogen, the explosive nature of hydrogen gas and the eventual end of our solar system as we know it. His other credits around the known Universe include, The Producers, The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, Picasso At The Lapin Agile, The Rocky Horror Show, A Twisted Christmas Carol, Winnie the Pooh and the Perfect Day, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline and many others. He is pleased to be back in this amazing city and looks forward to taking in some NHL hockey while in town.
Eddie Ayres - Darrin Stephens
Good evening and welcome to the most magical night of your life! Eddie is ecstatic to be back for his second production with this wonderful company. You may recognize Eddie as Leonard Hofstadter from Big Boom Theory 3: The Early Years. When Eddie isn't having fun on stage, he enjoys disc golfing in the summer and snowboarding in the winter. Eddie would like to thank Randy, Maggie, his lovely cast-mates, the ad-cast, and all the witches and wizards who work behind the scenes to help make magic come alive. A huge shout out to Eddie's family, friends, and especially his rice cooker for all the love and support they give him. Enjoy the show!
Jeff Rivet - Larry Tate/Elvis
"Hey Jeff! Do you want to play Elvis?" "A hunk-a hunk-a burning yes!!!" Jeff hails from Stony Plain, Alberta and is a graduate of Grant MacEwan's musical theatre program. Over the past 8 years, you may have spotted him in Law and Order: the Canadian Files, Mamma Mio, Jump For Glee, The Big Boom Theory 1 and 2 (but only Edmonton and Calgary for number 2), That’s Dirty Dancing, and Rock Around The Clock. He's also done a few things in between, as well. A little bit of modelling, a little voice over work, a little Little Shop of Horrors. In his spare time, you can find him at the gym, reading a book, enjoying brunch somewhere, or endlessly scrolling through Instagram. Give him a follow - @jeffersonrivet! He hopes you enjoy the show and our production leaves you shook.... up!
Kate Holley - Samantha Stephens
Kate is thrilled to be returning for her fourth show with this amazing company! You may have seen her in Footsloose, Modern Family Vacation or Rock Around the Clock. Now back as the witch with a nose twitch, she hopes you enjoy the show!
Gillian Moon - Endora
After a wonderful run as dancer/welder Alex Owens in Celebrations' Another Flashdance, Gillian is eagerly anticipating sharing this decidedly different magical adventure with you! She has also appeared as a ditsy cheerleader, a quirky old lady and a giant hamburger to name a few. When not touring with Celebrations, Gillian also performs internationally in stage productions for children. Though originally from Barrhead, Alberta, she has lived in Winnipeg long enough now to truly think of it as home. Thanks to Peter for making it the home she always wants to come back to!
Camille Beauchamp - Eleanor Clark
Camille is very excited to be joining the cast and crew of Bewitching Elvis for her third show at Celebrations! She feels right at home when she is on stage performing and is a graduate from the Musical Theatre Performance program at the St. Lawrence College in Brockville, Ontario. Recent credits include: Lead Soprano in Yellowpoint Christmas Spectacular, Nanaimo, BC; Jennifer McFox in Michael Jackson is: Back From The Future, Celebrations/Jubilations Dinner Theatre; Baby Hoseman in That's Dirty Dancing, Celebrations/Jubilations 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; Sheila in Hair, Brockville Arts Centre, Ontario. Camille looks forward to entertaining you this evening, so sit back and enjoy the show!
|Writers||Randy Apostle and Maggie Paul Fredette|
|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 Rachel Maes|
|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)
|*The participation of these Artists are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions|
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.