Piper is pretty in pink and the life of every party. But when this queen of the New York party scene takes it a bit too far, she’s forced to trade in the pink party dress for an orange prison suit! Join us as Jubilations Dinner Theatre puts a G-rated twist on the modern TV sensation,Orange is the New Black. Set to a selection of Billboards all-time greatest hits, The Jailhouse Rocks is a musical comedy that will leave you laughing all night, and singing all the way home!!
Director's & Writer's Notes
After a successful run playing Jesus in Jesus Christ Superstar here in Edmonton, I am looking forward to my second directing job here with our company. I’m a big fan of the original Netflix show and am excited about the chance to play with the characters in our parody version, wonderfully written by Bob Cunningham and Aimée Beaudoin! Big thank yous go out to Mr. Randy Apostle and our owners Mr. Doug Stephen and Mrs. Janet Cunningham for their continued friendship and faith in me for the last 20+ years. I would also like to thank you, the patrons of our theatre for your continued support and hope you enjoy the show, have a great night everyone!
It was an absolute pleasure to work on a parody of one of my favourite television shows, especially one that created so many roles for women of all ages, sizes and ethnicities. I would like to give a huge thank you to my writing partner Bob Cunningham; we had a blast creating these characters and this story. Thanks to Randy Apostle for doing a fantastic job as always mentoring me and casting this talented group of actors. Big love to my Mom for teaching me how to write. Smooches for my sweetheart Michael for always supporting my process, giving me great ideas, and bringing Man Bun to life. Now please, sit back, relax, enjoy the goofy inmates and guards that are serving you, soak in the experience, take on your role of a Government Bigwig coming to survey this prison, play with us and have fun...or we’ll throw you in the SHU!
Congratulations, you’re in jail! Okay… so you’re not really in jail… but welcome to our Jubilations Dinner Theatre version of jail. I think you will find that our amazing production team has created a very jail-like setting, except with more laughs and much better food! It was a pleasure to once again get to write a script for Jubilations Dinner Theatre, and this time it was doubly fun because I got to co-write with my amazing colleague and great friend Aimée Beaudoin. Together I believe we managed to come up with a fast paced, fun filled script. With the talented Brad Wiebe directing, and the excellent cast he’s assembled, it’s sure to be a fantastic G rated evening!
One of the huge benefits of working with this theatre for the last 25 years is all the incredibly talented people I have met and had the pleasure to work with. Tonight’s show is a great example of just few of those artists. Our writers, Bob and Aimée, have both written previous scripts for our theatre as well as performed in many shows, as has our director Brad Wiebe, who has also penned shows. I am happy to work with people who understand our theatre’s unique style and embrace it! As always, I send thanks to our production team and amazing staff here at Jubilations as well as our extremely talented cast members. I thank you, our audience for your many years of laughter and support! Cheers!
Miranda Niehaus - Piper
It has been Miranda’s passion to perform on stage for as long as she can remember and she is excited to be making her Jubilations debut as Piper! Miranda is a graduate of the Victoria School of Performing Arts here in Edmonton. Some of her credits include Oliver! (Fagan’s Gang), CATS (Macavity/Plato) and West Side Story (Anybodys). Miranda’s first love is acting, but she has also performed as a vocalist at venues such as K-Days and Big Valley Jamboree. Get ready to sing along, and make sure you know your Miranda rights… you have the right to have an amazing time! Enjoy the show!
Cory Hicks - Mr. Feelsy
Greetings and welcome to Leland Prison for our Open House and Talent show! Cory hails all the way from Calgary, and this marks his 13th (or so) time on this stage. You may have seen him last as Willie Nelson (and many others) in Night At The Museum of Country Music or as the baddie Biff Tanner in Back From the Future with Michael Jackson! Cory sends much love to his amazing director Brad, his cast, the ad-cast and everyone who makes this amazing job possible. Follow Cory’s adventures on Instagram (@coryhicksphotos) as he takes photos when not on stage. Tonight’s performance is dedicated to his beautiful late mother Judy, who now has the best seat in the house, every single night. Thank you, and enjoy tonight’s performance!
Tanessa Andres - Lucy
Tanessa is thrilled to be taking her third turn on the Jubilations stage! You may remember her as the bridesmaid, Megan, in My Big Fat Edmonton Wedding, or as the love struck Sam in Rock Around the Clock. Other favourite past roles include Ronnette in Little Shop of Horrors and Dorothy in Wizard of Oz. She completed her theatre training at Red Deer College and the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts in London, England and has been a happy part of the Jubilations Dinner Theatre family in Calgary ever since. Tanessa is so thankful for her amazing friends and family who have supported her ridiculous dreams, and for all of you who have come to be ‘locked up’ with us for the evening! Enjoy the show!!
Zachary Parsons-Lozinski - Lilith Fair
Zachary is a 2011 graduate of the MacEwan University Theatre Arts program, as well as the Artistic Director of 50% Fruit Productions! You may have seen him previously on the Jubilations stage as Sheldon Cooper in The Big Boom Theory 3: The Early Years, Prince Charming in Once Upon a Time in Graceland, or as Mason Ogilvy in Footsloose! Zachary has been performing as his drag alter-ego, Lilith Fair, for the last four years! She was the WINNER of the “Alberta’s Drag Superstar” competition in 2016, is the FOUR TIME WINNER of Vue Weekly Magazine’s “Best Local Comedian” award, in their Best of Edmonton edition, and is the current reigning “Miss Evolution” (representing Edmonton’s BEST LGBTQ nightclub: Evolution Wonderlounge)!! For more information on Lilith, you can follow her on Instagram (lilithfairyeg), or on Facebook (“Lilith Fair - Drag Queen Official”)!! Stay fierce, and enjoy the show!!
Karella Cummings - Crazy Eyes
One of Canada’s most soulful singers, Karella “DJ Diamond” Cummings delivers like no one else.
Karella left Canada and a career as a Chemical Technologist/Water Treatment Technician to live in Trinidad and Tobago and pursue a diploma in Sound Recording and Engineering. After graduating at the top of her class she wrote and produced songs for herself and several artists in the Caribbean while performing in hotels, resorts, and casinos.
She created her alter ego DJ Diamond and has since then played locally and internationally at some signature events and nightclubs spinning every genre, from reggae to pop to country, but specializing in soca music in an effort to spread the rich culture of her Trinidad and Tobago roots.
Karella has hosted, performed and DJed at many festivals and events including Edmonton’s Reggae Festival, Regina’s Carisask, Edmonton’s Cariwest, Calgary’s Carifest and for international recording artists including Kranium, Gyptian, Machel Montano, Bunji Garlin, The Lox, Wu Tang Clan, and many more.
Having never taken a drama or theatre class, Karella is excited to embark on this new journey and make her Jubilations debut.
Visit Karella’s website www.itskarella.com for more info.
Michael O’keefe - Man-Bun
Hello avid program reader! Thanks for taking your time away from your dinner companions to read about me. I’m ecstatic to be back for my second show at Jubilations! I guess I wasn’t terrible in my first show Hey, Pretty Woman. I could not be more proud of the show you are about to see tonight. An amazing cast and crew made this into something truly glorious. A special thanks to the co-writer Aimée Beaudoin for being the love of my life for three years, and writing a part that allows me to dive into my passion for music. Now sit back, enjoy the food, enjoy the show, sing along, joke around with all the people going by your table and have the best night you can. Cheers!
Bob Cunningham & Aimee Beaudoin
|Rehearsal Stage Manager||
|Set Design & Construction||
Jaimie Cooney & Casey Richards
Jaimie Cooney, Karen Turnball, Genevieve Levasseur, Casey Richards & Genevieve Levasseur
|Playbill Advertising by Rage Studios||
Call Toll Free @
Jubilations 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 of the Dance•Opera•Theatre Policy.
Jubilations 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.
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.