These gals are tired of always being the bridesmaid and never the bride and are going to do something about it. Four women are off on a bachelorette party trip never to be forgotten, as they celebrate their friend’s upcoming marriage, while also searching for husbands of their own! Join us for a hilarious romp as these ladies meet a few Mr Wrongs while searching for Mr. Right. All set to a classic wedding song playlist of hit tunes we all know and love! Celebrations Dinner Theatre is proud to present – Runaway Bridesmaids!
Director's & Writer's Notes
Welcome to Celebrations Dinner Theatre. Tonight, we take you all on a trip to Montezuma’s Pueblo Resort in sunny Mexico. There we join Annie and Megan who are taking advantage of a great discounted deal for wedding parties and their guests. Only problem being, neither Annie nor Megan are getting married, nor do they have any real prospects of marrying anytime soon…But they do love a good bargain! They must convince the hotel that Annie has a groom and guests arriving for her big day. Things become further complicated by the arrival of Lillian and Helen who cannot believe their friend ran off to get married without inviting them. Add a rather nervous hotel assistant manager, family squabbles, a flamboyant entertainer and some rumours of strange and scary incidents in the nearby Mayan ruins and you have…Runaway Bridesmaids!
The movie “Bridesmaids” released in 2011, has been heralded as a breakthrough film for female driven comedy movies and introduced the world to some very funny characters. I very much enjoyed writing a story with some of those characters in mind and of course adding our own twists and turns. Our music selections are a tribute to some of the great songs heard at wedding dances everywhere. I thank our multi-talented and hilarious cast, our amazing production team, the fantastic staff here at Celebrations including our ever zany additional cast! Many thanks to our General Partners, Janet Cunningham and Doug Stephen. I would also like to acknowledge Canadian Actors Equity Association.
Enjoy the show!
*The participation of these Artists are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance, Opera, Theatre Policy.
Kim DeLisle – Megan
Hey everyone! Thanks for coming this far down to read about my life in a paragraph. I was born and raised in Calgary and am an avid traveler. This is my first time on the Celebrations stage, and I am beyond excited. Before this, I travelled to China and sang on the Great Wall of China, competed in international singing competitions, as well as performed with Mary Poppins on a Broadway stage in New York. I relate to Megan on more levels than one, and I hope you enjoy hanging out with us all in Mexico! And remember - don’t drink the water.
Maggie Paul – Annie
Welcome to the show! Maggie is thrilled to be back on the Celebrations stage for another exciting performance. You might recognize her from her previous role as Frankie/Suzy in Greased 2 or from Bewitching Elvis as one of the Co-Writers. This French Canadian was part of the wonderful ad-cast team during her studies at the University of Alberta, and is now very thankful to have been given the opportunity to follow her dreams as an actor/writer.
Maggie would like to thank the artistic director, Randy Apostle, the entire production team and the talented cast for making these productions so enjoyable, and the ad-cast and management team who strive to make everyone’s night so special. Furthermore, she would like to thank her mother Johane and all her friends for their support and love throughout her journey. And most importantly, she would like to thank all of you for coming tonight and supporting live theatre. Enjoy the show!
Amy Wright – Lillian
Welcome to Montezuma’s Pueblo Resort! Amy is so excited to be joining the Runaway family. She made her first appearance on the Jubilations stage at age 14 as a background dancer for about 15 seconds- and they just couldn’t get rid of her! Amy is from Drayton Valley and graduated from the Augustana Campus of the University of Alberta with a BA in Drama. This is her first Celebrations show, but her third time being a bridesmaid, so she thinks it evens out. A huge shout-out to her family, friends, and the Kevin/Sparky/Kristine trifecta that has always supported her. Amy would like to remind you all that while she may not be the bride, she will accept any and all gifts from the registry. Enjoy the show!
Hanna Skibin – Helen
Hanna is absolutely thrilled to be back for her second show with Celebrations Dinner Theatre in Runaway Bridesmaids! Hanna is a graduate of the Theatre Arts program at Grant MacEwan University in Edmonton, Alberta. Favorite credits include Rent: The Musical (Mimi), The Rocky Horror Show (Magenta), Catch me if you Can: The Musical (Carol Strong) and Urinetown: The Musical (Little Becky). Hanna would like to dedicate this show to Keith Ewasiuk and June Skibin. Disfruta el espectáculo (Enjoy the Show)!! For more follow me on Instagram~ hannakate_24
Dan Allen – Pedro
Dan is super excited to be back in Winnipeg for his fourth Celebrations show! You may remember Dan from last year’s hit Another Flashdance playing the acclaimed Angelo Grand-Jete or from the Modern Family Vacation production in 2015 as the lovable Cam. If you've been around long enough you may even remember Dan from his first show, Flatland Jamboree back in 1997! Now sit back and enjoy some Mexican sun as we bring you this evening’s production of Runaway Bridesmaids.
Harrison Bentley – Sam
Harrison is thrilled to be making his Celebrations debut after ad-casting for the past 3 years back home in Calgary. Theater has always been a part of Harrison’s life and he has his parents to thank for that. They were always very active in the local theater community, and seemed to always either be in a show or directing one. It’s been such an inspiration watching them through the years and they have always encouraged his creative side by putting him in various classes whether it be ballroom, theater, or piano. Always trying to challenge himself, he set out and started appearing on the stage with various local theater companies. Credits include Legally Blonde (C.A.S.T program): Kyle/Dewy, The Mystery of Edwin Drood (Front Row Center Players): Nick Cricker Jr./Deputy, Grease (StoryBook Theater): Johnny Casino, and was even a member of The Young Canadians of the Calgary Stampede appearing in their 2015 spring and grandstand show.
|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, Katherine Inksetter and Gillian Moon|
|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.