In 1994, TV viewers were introduced to 6 young friends living in Manhattan; Monica, Rachel, Phoebe, Joey, Chandler and Ross. The rest, as they say, is history! "Friends" is one of the most popular sitcoms of all time. The series consistently ranked in the top ten in the primetime ratings and won many, many awards. The series finale (the 236th episode), airing on May 6, 2004, was watched by 51.1 million American viewers.
It was also in 2004, that we presented our spoof of this great sit-com with our very popular, attendance record breaking show - "Best of Friends!" It is my pleasure to announce our sequel - "Best of Friends Reunion!" What has the gang been up to? Who is still together? Who isn't? Are they all still the best of friends?? Set to hits from the 1990's, along with a few timeless classics, Best of Friends Reunion is your chance to catch up with these loveable characters!
Director's & Writer's Notes
Director's Notes: Peter Nadolny
10 years ago the television series Friends played their last episode. At that time we did our version here at Jubilations and it instantly became one of our biggest hits. The series is still extremely popular today and it is time for our Best of Friends Reunion! It has been so much fun researching this show as well as working alongside my own friends to make this one happen. With Randy at the helm and Jessica watching my back along with this amazing cast in front of me what could have been a difficult job has been a fun and wonderful time. This is my third time directing here at Jubilations, and again I can't stress how hard working and creative the WOW Production team is, our front offices, box office staff and those amazing additional cast! I hope you enjoy your evening here at the Best of Friends Reunion!
Writer's Notes: Matt Falk
I had so much fun working on this script with the amazing Randy Apostle. And I'm not just saying he's amazing because he's the one who proofreads this before it gets published. My only hope is that our show tonight matches a little bit of the heart and humor that the original sitcom brought us every week. Now it's time for you to do your part; relax, turn off your cell phones and get ready to laugh! Oh, and if you lean over to the people beside you and give them a big hug, maybe you'll make a new FRIEND tonight. Or maybe you'll be escorted out by security. Either way enjoy the show!
Writer's Notes: Randy Apostle
The show Friends is undoubtedly one of the best sit-coms television has had to offer. This show was enjoyed by millions during 10 years of production and even millions more as it still is syndicated all around the world. It was a great pleasure to spoof these wonderful characters and comedic style of the show and it was also a pleasure sharing the script writing experience with Matt. We had much fun putting this all together, first, Matt and I bounced the script back and forth across the internet, then add a great song list, a talented cast and place it all in the hands of our Guest Director, Mr. Peter Nadolny. I hope our story brings back many fond memories of this classic show and you enjoy catching up with our old Friends. As always, please do feel free to email me with any comments or questions about any of our productions and I thank you once again for choosing to spend your evening with us here at Jubilations.
Jubilations Dinner Theatre
Jill Martin - Phoebe
Jill is the terror that flaps in the night. She is the call that wakes you at 3 A.M….no, wait…that’s definitely someone else. Jill is Jill! She grew up in Brandon and began her torrid love affair with acting at an early age. Currently, Jill is just a superhero-in-training but aspires to earn her tights and cape someday in the near future. Wish her luck! She is thrilled to embark on her second adventure with Jubilations Dinner Theatre and hopes that you all have a lovely time this evening.
Brad Zacharias - Ross
Ah, the grand romances. Romeo and Juliet. Tristan and Isolde. Ross and Rachel. Brad is excited to be everyone's favourite (by default) paleontologist, and is ecstatic to be in his first show at Jubilations. Hailing from Carman, Manitoba, Brad has previously enjoyed working with other theatre groups as Riff in West Side Story and Clifford Bradshaw in Cabaret, as well as cutting his chops with his improv troupe, The Crosseyed Rascals. However, this marks his first time on a dinner theatre stage (minus a few songs here and there as a Winnipeg ad-cast at Celebrations. Here's looking at you, Jatka.) So, sit back, relax, and enjoy! And remember, they really were on a break...
Gillian Moon - Monica
While you are enjoying your soups and salads, here’s a little bit about me! I recently did a tour of North America with Strawberry Shortcake and now I’m back for another “Happy Adventure” with this fabulously talented cast! Hailing from Barrhead, Alberta, I have called Winnipeg home for the last 8 years. In that time, I’ve toured extensively, performing from coast to coast and across France and the US with KOBA Entertainment and Jubilations. I am a graduate of MacEwan University’s Theatre Arts program, and hold a BA in English from the University of Winnipeg. My favourite show credits include: Bethany Fabreeze (Jump for Glee), Anne Egerman (A Little Night Music), Madison (My Imaginary Harry), and Franklin (Franklin and the Noble Knights).
Thank you Peter for all of your support, despite my nomadic ways and MJF for keeping my feet warm at night!
Luke Salmon - Joey
Hey! How you doin’?
Luke is tickled to be back at Jubilations Dinner Theatre for “The Best of Friends Reunion”. He’s so tickled to be playing Joey that it hurts his belly in that good sort of way.
You may remember Luke as Dr. Drake Ramoray from “The Days of Our Lives” or as Al Pacino’s Butt Double. Outside of work Luke enjoys sandwiches, long walks on the beach and getting his eyebrows done. Luke is so happy that you could join us tonight and be a part of the celebration. Nothing beats great food and great friends. So sit back, get excited and enjoy our time together.
Kevin Pownall - Chandler
Kevin has been performing as long as he can remember, and that's all he really wants to do... He loves every aspect of entertaining, mostly making people smile. He would like to thank his family and his beautiful girlfriend Kara, muah! He would also like to thank you for attending the show tonight and becoming a part of our live interactive theatre world. That's what Jubilations is all about, the interaction between you and the performers. Take a look around at all those crazy characters walking around are here to entertain you. Sit back, relax and take a night off to soak up this unique atmosphere. Oh, and Kevin is actually quite fragile and needs laughter and applause to live. Whistles too. Remember have fun!
Kara Swayze - Rachel
Kara is thrilled to perform her first show at Jubilations Dinner Theatre. Aside from the stage she enjoys martial arts, yoga, coffee and the great outdoors. Kara would like to thank her friends, family, and her sweetheart, Kevin. Muah!
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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.