BEST OF FRIENDS: THE LONG LOST EPISODE

Once upon a time in a long ago age called the 1990s there were six Friends. They lived, they laughed and they cried, as they frolicked in their far off kingdom of New York City. We, the people of the, world sat witness weekly to all their antics, all their hijinks, all their stories… except one! Celebration’s Dinner Theater presents Best of Friends: The Long Lost Episode. Featuring uproarious laughter, and the greatest hits of the “Friends” era, performed by some of Canada’s best singers.

SEATING TIMES: WED,THURS,FRI,SAT = 6:15 PM SUN = 5 PM

How The Night Unfolds

Dinner Theatre Menu

Celebrations Menu is Carefully Prepared by Our Team of Chefs

Starters

Buffay's Butternut Squash Soup

Butternut Squash Soup

Geller's Greens

Traditional Caesar salad with grated parmesan cheese and croutons.

Desserts

Monica's New York Cheesecake

New York style cheesecake with strawberry topping.

Joey's Peanut Butter Fingers

Peanut butter and chocolate stack brownie

Entrees

Bing's Beef

AAA thinly sliced slow roasted 6oz roast beef cooked to medium perfected with our own grainy Dijon demi-glace. Accompanied by mashed potatoes, fresh carrots and green & yellow beans.
Recommended Pairing: House Red Blend

Chandler's Chicken

A 6oz breast of chicken topped with wild mushroom and roasted garlic sauce. Accompanied by mashed potatoes, fresh carrots and green & yellow beans.
Recommended Pairing: Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc - USA

Smelly Cat's Shrimp

Breaded fantail shrimp with cocktail sauce. Accompanied by rice pilaf, fresh carrots and green & yellow beans.
Recommended Pairing: House White Blend

Phoebe's Pasta

Roasted mushroom ravioli with a pepper and onion creme sauce. Accompanied by fresh carrots and green & yellow beans.
Recommended Pairing: House white Blend

*Prime Rib

*Available for supplemental charge of $5.00 (subject to availability)

Slow roasted prime rib cooked to medium and perfected with our own grainy Dijon demi-glace. Accompanied by mashed potatoes, fresh carrots and green & yellow beans.

Suggested Wine: Canyon Road Cabernet Sauvignon – USA

*Please notify box office if there are any allergies or you require a special meal*

Schedule Information

Shows Run Wednesday Through Sunday

Wednesday - Saturday Doors Open at 6:15pm
Sunday Doors Open at 5:00pm

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Notes & Credits

DIRECTOR / WRITER NOTES

Artistic Director / Writer / Director

Good evening Friends!

So nice to have you here for our Celebrations Dinner Theatre parody of this all-time classic television sit-com. The Friends gang struck a chord with millions of viewers, way back when and it’s a bond that still holds strong today. We’ve decided to imagine a “lost” episode from 1997 that never quite made it to air. We’ve tried to capture all of the Friends in their neurotic, chaotic glory and we’ve included a special guest as well…he’s pretty subtle…see if you pick him out! So sit back and let us transport you to the far off land of the 1990’s.

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Artistic Director/ Writer / Director
Bob Cunningham
Music Producer
WAMARH Music
Music Director
Kathy Zabrosky
Choreographer
Jocelyn Hoover Leiver
Rehearsal Stage Manager
Matt McMillan
Sound Design
Randy Hadubiak
Lighting Design
Gail Ksionzyk
Lighting Assistant
Jacqueline Robertson
Set Design
Jaimie Cooney
Mural Design
Jaimie Cooney
Scene Painters
Jaimie Cooney / Karen Turnbull / Genevieve Levasseur / Brand Chemerika
Shop Carpenter
Casey Richards
Set Carpenter
Brad Friese
Costume Design
Yvonne Ustick
Cast Photographer
Benjamin Laird
General Partners
Janet Cunningham & Doug Stephen
General Manager
Randy Apostle
Stage Manager
Brent Buchanan
House Technician
Jessica Rose
Administration
Heather Hickling
Floor Manager
Brent Erickson
Corporate Sales
Nancy Newton
Box Office Staff
Bonni-Anne Bender, Madison Blagden, Suzanne Blagden, Margaret Coyle, Nicole Janssens, Reeyan John, Lexa Moorhouse
Evening Sales
Ameet Bharaj, Corey Dueck, Terralyn Fey, Brenda Hayes, Kayla Hunter, Luke Pankratz
Canad Inns Executive Chef
Jay Meyer
Canad Inns Sous Chef / Celebrations Kitchen Manager
Jitender Lal
Additional Cast
Leah Borchert, Howard Cade, Kristin Carlow, Alyssa Chausse, Chayce Dykstra, Madison Edbom, Giorgio Einarson, Bery Filsaime, Harmony Franzmann, Kathleen Gallagher, Jada Gibbons, Justin Giesbrecht, Kendra Hiebert, Kasriel Kuropatwa, Crystal Lommen, Alexie Marion, Carson Mauthe, Desiree McKay, Josh McSwimming, Shawn Newman, Jonathon Northam, Dylan O'Neil, Cassandra Purchase-Page, Lea Pankratz, Raven Rempel, Heidi Roseberry - Chater, Lexy Rydzygowski, Chance Sabados, Rhiannon Sloan, Corrie St. Germain, Danielle Unett, Kara Young, Josh Zeaton

Cast Bios

Brad Zacharias, Chandler

Could this BE any more exciting? Brad is back on the Celebrations stage, coming full circle in his Celebrations career playing Chandler Bing. From Carman, Manitoba, Brad has the dubious distinction of being one of the few people in the world to play two Friends, having played Ross in his Celebrations debut. With several shows under his belt in between, it's only right that all roads lead back to the Central Perk once again. Brad would like to thank his wife Jeny, his friends and family and even his dog for listening to his sarcastic asides- even if, like the real Chandler, not every one is gem. Sit Back and Enjoy!

Maggie Paul, Monica

Welcome friends, to Monica's apartment for another fun episode! Maggie is thrilled to be back on stage to parody the iconic Monica Geller. You might recognize her from previous Celebrations roles; as Betsy in "More Dirty Dancing", Annie in "Runaway Bridesmaids" or Franky in "Greased 2." Maggie has additionally been seen in Jubilations junior productions in Calgary as Granny M. in "Oh Canada! A Canadian Adventure," in Edmonton as The Best Sword Fighter in "The Tangled Princess Bride" and Margo in "Despicable Moi." She has also pursued her dream of being a writer by having the pleasure of being a co-writer in our production of "Bewitching Elvis." Maggie would like to thank everyone involved in the production of this play; she understands how much hard work goes into these shows. And of course, she would like to thank you, the audience, for your support and encouragement; all of this would not be possible without you. We hope you enjoy the show!

Chris Weymouth, Joey

Fresh off of the Jubilations Edmonton stage, Chris is back and more excited than ever to be a part of a production with Celebrations Dinner Theatre. With solid writing and incredible music, joining a wonderfully talented cast was simply icing on the cake for the young actor. After two main stage shows and one Junior show, "Best of Friends: The Long Lost Episode" will be Chris's fourth production with the company in just under a year and with the support of his friends, family; and partner, Gabby, he's ready for a whole new experience! So hold onto your hats as well as your smelly cats - this is going to be an experience you won't want to miss! Follow Chris on Instagram @ThiklikOatmeal

Hanna Skibin, Phoebe

Hanna is overwhelmed with excitement to be back on the Celebrations stage once again with F.R.I.E.N.D.S! Anyone who has known Hanna since she was 13 years old, knows how much Friends has been a part of her life and her relationship with her real live lobster, Dallen Girard! Previous Celebrations credits: "Mama Mio: Here We Go Again" (Jubilations Calgary), "More Dirty Dancing," "Runaway Bridesmaids," and "Greased 2." Previous Jubilations Junior credits: "Oh Canada! A Canadian Summer Adventure" and "The Tangled Princess Bride." Hanna studied Theatre Arts at the MacEwan University in Edmonton, AB. Other credits include: "Rent The Musical," "Rocky Horror show" and "Catch Me If You Can The Musical." Thank you to Celebrations for this opportunity and please enjoy the show! Instagram: hanna_24.

Dallen Girard, Ross

Live from Celebrations, it's Saturday night....or whichever night it is, we are always live! You may have seen Dallen in "Flashdance," "Rock and Roll Heaven" (Celebrations), "Mama Mio: Here We Go Again" (Jubilations Calgary), "Beauty and the Grinch." "The Uncredibles" (Jubilations Junior) or as Ace Ventura on the floor at Jubilations Edmonton serving. Dallen is absolutely flabbergasted to be playing the role of Ross in this musical parody of his all time favourite TV show! He Always tries to start a new TV show but always comes right back for the same old 10 fantastic seasons of laugh tracks and heartbreak. Also a big kiss goes out to his lovely lady, Hanna Skibin who he is lucky enough to share the stage with every day, love you! Shout out to his momma for supporting him through his career and never doubting him, and his hometown Whitecourt! He would also like to thank all the set-up, light and sound crews, managers, owners, ad-cast and everyone in between for making these productions happen. Hope you enjoy the show. Would you happen to have a mint or maybe some binaca? Follow Dallen on Instagram @guyinasuitandtie

Sharayah Javaherdost, Rachel

Oh! Hello everyone! Sharayah would first of all like to thank everyone for coming out to the show tonight. As her first show with Celebrations, she feel truly honored to have been given this awesome opportunity to portray Rachel from the beloved F.R.I.E.N.D.S TV show. Born and raised in the small town Crossfield, AB, she has known that she was destined for the stage since before she learned to speak. Sharayah has always had a passion to perform and entertain others however she never suspected she'd get the chance to pay tribute to such a classic. Well, even though no one told her life was going to be this way (yes, that is a reference oh clever reader), she's more excited to step into those designer shoes and give you a night out you won't soon forget. Enjoy!

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Ticket Pricing

Prices include a three-act musical comedy, a four-course dinner, and refillable tea and coffee. Prices do not include taxes, gratuities, pope or alcohol.

Ticket TypeWeds, Thurs & SunFri & Sat
Regular Adult$62.95$67.95
Corporate Club$50.45$57.95
CAA Rate$50.25$57.75
Senior Rate (60+)$49.25N/A
Student Special$49.25N/A
Children (12 & Under)$35.50$35.50
New Year’s Eve$96.50*N/A
Box Office Mon./Tue. - 8:30 am - 7:00 pmWed. / Thu. / Fri. = 8:30 am - 8:00 pmSat = 11:00 am-8:00 pm/ Sun.=11:00 am-6:45 pm
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