Buddy Holly Happy Days

Come back with us to those Happiest of Days… the 1950’s! The gang is all here, Richie Cunningham, the Fonz and of course their best pal Buddy Holly. What? You didn’t know that the legendary Rock and Roll pioneer was friends with Ritchie Cunningham and the gang?!? He was their best buddy!

Celebrations Dinner Theatre presents Buddy Holly’s Happy Days. All of Buddy’s greatest hits and some more fantastic oldies too!

Seating Times = Wed, Thurs, Fri, Sat – Doors open at 6:15 pm Sun – Doors open at 5 pm

How The Night Unfolds

Dinner Theatre Menu

Celebrations Menu is Carefully Prepared by Our Team of Chefs


Snap Your Cap Soup

Home-style Vegetable soup

Swingin’ Salad

A bed of crispy romaine and artisian mix topped with cucumber, red onions, shredded carrot, and cherry tomatoes. Thousand Island dressing on the side.



Apple pie served with a slice of New Bothwell cheddar cheese. (may have come in contact with nuts)

It’s So Easy

Strawberry cream pie with a chocolate drizzle (may have come in contact with nuts)


Boss Beef

AAA thinly sliced slow roasted 6oz roast beef cooked to medium perfected with our own red wine and rosemary gravy. Accompanied by tater-tot potatoes, fresh broccoli and carrots. (Note: menu change = tater tots have been replaced with roasted potatoes)
Recommended Pairing: House Red Blend

Cloud 9 Chicken

Deconstructed chicken a la king. A 6oz breast of chicken with a hearty vegetable cream sauce and topped with puff pastry. Accompanied by tater-tot potatoes, fresh broccoli and carrots. (Note: menu change = tater tots have been replaced with roasted potatoes)
Recommended Pairing: Barefoot Sauvignon Blanc - USA

Flip Your Lid Fish & Chips

Beer battered 4oz cod loin served with thick cut French fries, coleslaw and tartar sauce
Recommended Pairing: House White Blend

Peachy Keen Pasta

Macaroni and cheese with a cornflake crumble topping. Accompanied by a garlic buttered breadstick, fresh broccoli and carrots
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 red wine and rosemary gravy. Accompanied by tater-tot potatoes, fresh broccoli and carrots. (Note: menu change = tater tots have been replaced with roasted potatoes)

*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


Bob Cunningham - Artistic Director/ Writer/ Director

Bob Cunningham – Artistic Director/Writer/Director

Hey there all you boppers and sock hoppers, welcome to the 1950’s!
We are so glad you joined us for our tale of those happy days gone by. We’ve taken one of the 1950’s greatest real life legends, Buddy Holly and paired him with that same era’s fictional icons, the gang from Happy Days. Turns out they fit together like poodle skirts and pony tails… like sock hops and soda shops… like milkshakes and… okay, you get what I’m saying.

The 1950s were such an amazing time, and we’ve had so much fun exploring the iconic images and nostalgia. We’ve packed our heartwarming tale with some of the greatest hit songs from that amazing era, and with lots of laughs too. We hope you’ll have as much fun watching it as we did making it!
Thanks for coming

Production Credits:

Artistic Director: Bob Cunningham

Director: Bob Cunningham

Writer: Bob Cunningham

Rehearsal Stage Managers: Brent Buchanan and Matt McMillan

Music Producer: WAMARH Music

Choreographer: Danny Gullekson

Music Director: Kathy Zaborsky

Sound Design: Randy Hadubiak

Lighting Design: Gail Ksionzyk

Set Design: Jaimie Cooney

Shop Carpenter: Casey Richards

Set Carpenter: Brad Friese

Mural design: Jaimie Cooney

Scene painters: Jaimie Cooney, Karen Turnbull, Genevieve Levasseur, Casey Richards, Brandi Chemerika

Costume Design: Yvonne Ustick

Cast Photographer: Cory Hicks

Playbill Design By Rage Studios Call Toll Free @1-866-414-1560

Celebrations Dinner Theatre is licensed by The Society of Composers,Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)

Additional Cast:

Leah Borchert
Kristin Carlow
Alyssa Chausse
Madison Edbom
Giorgio Einarson
Bery Filsaime
Harmony Franzmann
Kendra Hiebert
Geoff Hughes
Kasriel Kuropatwa
Crystal Lommen
Alexie Marion
Carson Mauthe
Desiree Mckay
Josh McSkimming
Jonathon Northam
Dylan O’Neill
Cassandra Purchase-Page
Lea Pankratz
Scott Porteus
Raven Rempel
Lexy Rydzygowski
Heidi Roseberry-Chater
Anaka Sandhu
Caleb Schellenberg
Rhiannon Sloan
Corrie St Germain
Danielle Unett
Brandon Vink
Kara Young
Josh Zeaton

Celebrations Winnipeg

Janet Cunningham
Doug Stephen

Randy Apostle

Peter Nadolny

Jessica Rose

Brent Erickson

Heather Hickling

Nancy Newton

Shadee Abolade
Bonnie-Anne Bender
Madison Blagden
Suzanne Blagden
Margaret Coyle
Nicole Janssens
Reeyan John
Riley Lambert
Lexa Mooorhouse

Ameet Bharaj
Corey Dueck
Terralyn Fey
Brenda Hayes
Kayla Hunter
Luke Pankratz

Jay Meyer – Executive Chef
Jitender Lal – Sous Chef/ Celebrations Kitchen Manager


Cast Bios

Evan Dowling*, Potsy / Fonz

Fun fact, Evan grew up in Winkler, MB, and now he's playing the Fonz - a character originally portrayed by Henry Winkler. Ayyyyyy! Evan studied acting, voice, and dance at the Randolph College for the Performing Arts in downtown Toronto. Evan has worked professionally for the past 10 years (Canadian Opera Company: Iphiginea in Taurus; Toronto Fringe: The Killing Game, Tiki Bikini Beach Paradise Party A-Go-Go; Lower Ossington Theatre: Spamalot; Hart House Theatre: High Fidelity the Musical Canadian premier, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; & international tours including Evil Dead: The Musical; and others) Evan also spent 2 1/2 years travelling around the globe while singing and dancing in various Royal Caribbean Cruise Line's production casts, and now lives in Edmonton with his beautiful wife and partner. Look for Twin Flames Productions in the future. This is the first show Evan has joined at Celebrations Dinner Theatre and it's just the flat-out, neatest, extra swell, over-the-moon-iest! Enjoy the show! You can follow Evan @EbranDoubleding.

(The participation of this artist is arranged by permission of Canadian Actors' Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance, Opera, Theatre Policy.)

Kendra Bidwell, Peggy

Born and raised in Victoria, BC, Kendra’s passion for theatre and performing sparked at an early age and she has been singing and dancing ever since. She graduated from the Canadian College of Performing Arts’ Company C program this past year where she had the opportunity to assistant music direct, create new work, and even learn how to play the accordion. Since graduation she has dabbled in puppetry, film and stage management. Some favourite past credits include CCPA’s Cabaret, Wintertime and the Gold Fever Follies’ Love and Business. Kendra is thrilled to be a part of Buddy Holly’s Happy Days and she hopes you enjoy the show!

Cameron Freitas, Buddy Holly

Cameron is a recent graduate of the Theatre Performance and Creation program at Red Deer College. His recent performances include the role of Adolphus Cusins in the RDC production of Major Barbara, multiple character roles for Butt Ugly’s original play Unstoppable, and Dominic Fabrizzi in Tony N Tina’s Wedding. This is his first performance with Celebrations Dinner Theatre, and he couldn’t be happier to share this night of singing, dancing and fun with you!

Mark Kazakoff, Ritchie

Mark is excited to be back after recently completing the run of Celebrations’ More Dirty Dancing. He is also a brand new addition to this travelling cast and is just now jumping in to join the fun.
Mark recently graduated from the University of Calgary with a BFA in Drama. When he's not working with Celebrations, Mark is a professional stilt walker/runner/dancer with Green Fools Theatre, an improviser with Loose Moose Theatre and a Pochinko style clown with the Calgary International Kid's Festival.
Thank-you for being here to support live theatre.

Sydney James, Lou / Mrs. Cunningham

Sydney James has worked in dinner theatre since she was a bright eyed nineteen year old and forcing reluctant audience members to dance onstage for six years! When she isn’t expertly perusing a thrift shop or forcing her pet rabbit to cuddle her she enjoys eating latkes and taking five years to finish a three year university degree! Sydney spends most of her time picking out which pair of black leggings to wear and deciding which of her theatre credits to include in her bio. She was Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest and The Littlest Christmas Tree in her grade three Christmas pageant. Sydney would like to thank Brandon for always keeping her smiling and Brandon’s Xbox for keeping him company while she’s on this tour.

Dan Allen, Al / Mr. Cunningham/ Jay Brock

Dan is excited to be back in Winnipeg again for another Celebrations show! Dan began his career with Celebrations way back in 1996 in Flatland Jamboree. More recently he has been in Modern Family Vacation, Another Flashdance, Runaway Bridesmaids, and More Dirty Dancing. Dan would like to invite everyone to sit back and enjoy the show!

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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
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