Tonight, the final night of the Elvis festival, is sure to be a party for the ages. Elvis fans and tribute performers from all over the world are here... including those familiar Vegas party animals Phil, Stu, and Alan. If you party with them you’re sure to have a blast... but the HANGOVER will kill ya!
From B. Cunningham the creator of “Night at the Museum of Rock and Roll” and “Ghost Busted,” Jubilations Dinner Theatre proudly presents - Elvis and the Las Vegas Hangover. Featuring hit songs by Elvis Presley, and many, many more!
Director's & Writer's Notes
WRITER/DIRECTOR'S NOTES: Bob Cunningham
Welcome to Las Vegas, Nevada everyone! Okay, so we are still in Calgary… but hopefully, for tonight anyway, it’ll feel like a crazy night in Vegas. The idea for this show came from a desire to do a Jubilations spin on the wildly popular Hangover series of movies, while incorporating another Las Vegas touchstone of yesteryear. I figured, if we are doing a Vegas show we’d better go big… and, though many great performers have made their mark on the Las Vegas strip throughout the years, no one was ever bigger than the king himself, Elvis Presley. So here it is… the music of Elvis, and the laughs of The Hangover… a combination that I hope you will all enjoy. …and remember… what happens in Vegas stays in Vegas… but what happens at Jubilations doesn’t, so tell all your friends!!
ARTISTIC DIRECTOR'S NOTES: Randy Apostle
Good evening folks and welcome to Jubilations Dinner Theatre and our latest production - Elvis and the Las Vegas Hangover! Tonight’s show is brought to us by Mr. Bob Cunningham, whose recent shows as writer/ director include - Night at the Museum of Rock and Roll and Ghostbusted! I hope you enjoy this lighthearted romp as Bob combines sending up the popular “Hangover” films and poking a bit of fun at the King of Rock and Roll himself. My thanks to Bob, the cast and all the production team for all their many hours of work on the show and a huge thank you to all of you, our audience, whom by your patronage make this all possible. On behalf of all of us here at Jubilations we thank you for choosing to spend your evening with us and hope to see you back again soon. If you have any questions or comments on any of our shows please do feel free to e-mail me.
Jubilations Dinner Theatre
Mitch Lukinuk as Phil
Mitch is very excited to be making his Jubilations debut in Elvis and The Las Vegas Hangover. Mitch is a born and raised Calgarian who has always had a passion for the stage. Favourite credits include: Legally Blonde the Musical (Nikos), Children of Eden (Abel), Bare (Lucas), Rent (Angel), The Producer (Lead Tenor Stormtrooper), and Zanna Don’t (Zanna). Special thanks to Mom & Dad, Tanner, Travis, Eden, Richard and all of my friends and family for their ongoing support, without which my dreams would not be coming true. Also, an extended thanks to the incredible cast! Enjoy the show!
Gabriel Stinson as Stu
Hello again, gentle viewers. I am happy to see that you have come to take part in our special evening full of Elvis and Las Vegas shenanigans. I bid you welcome! If you happen to be my wife, family, four cats or my dog, I would like to thank you for all your support. After a brief, five month, hiatus spent relocating and learning how to drywall, paint, cut wood, and generally have fun renovating, I am thrilled to be gallivanting on the Jubilations stage for a seventh time. I am very excited to be working in such a beautiful city with an enormously talented group of people. I have spent the last few years pounding the boards making moonshine, running a restaurant, busting bad guys, and busting ghosts. Now I am one of the wolf pack, on the prowl, falling into trouble (as always). What is more entertaining than watching a bunch of guys in a heck of a mess? Off hand, I can’t think of much... So please sit back, relax, watch the chaos unfold, and please remember: What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. Enjoy!
Len Harvey as Allen
Len is overjoyed to be returning to Jubilations for his tenth show after
a fantastic time performing in last years GhostBusted. The dual roles of Bouggaire and the Boggart were more fun than any actor has a right to have on stage, and wonder of wonder it looks like Allen will be just as fun and outrageous. For over twenty years Len has been an actor all over Canada and it all started here at Jubilations in 1991. His first show was Elvis and The Beach Bums and since then for Jubilations he has played singers, gangsters, cowboys, soldiers, a King, a hotelier and a Demon. Now he is playing a Man Child, the fun never ends. Len would like to clarify that the beard is real, please don’t pull it.
Kesinee Haney as Jane
Kesinee is thrilled to be making her Jubilations debut with such a wonderful show and cast. Kesinee recently completed her MA in Musical Theatre at Mountview Academy of the Arts in London, UK. Prior to that, she received her BFA in Acting from the University of Victoria. Previous acting credits include: (English Tour) White Christmas – Principal Singer/ Dancer. (Mountview Academy): The Matchgirls - Polly; Flora, the Red Menace - Maggie; The Witches of Eastwick - Jane; Brighton Beach Memoirs - Kate. (University of Victoria): Twelfth Night - Feste; Yerma - Yerma. Lots of love to my family and friends!
Debbie Plaquin as Jeannie
Debbie is very happy to be back at Jubilations in Elvis and the Las Vegas Hangover. You may remember her from The Last Concert Buddy Holly and Friends as Ruby the loveable, rifle toting, diner owner. Or from one of the other fun characters she has been able to bring to life here over the years. Chances are if you’ve been coming to Jubilations for a while, she’s sat in your lap or danced with you! She’d like to thank everyone who worked so hard to put Elvis and the Las Vegas Hangover together. She also sends out love to her family and friends, who as always make all good things possible.
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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.