Alex is a young woman from a working class neighborhood who is driven by her desire to become a professional dancer. She works two jobs to save the money for school, by day she is a welder at a steel mill, by night she is a go-go dancer in a local bar. This is a hilarious tale of mistaken identity filled with crazy night club characters, snooty dance school judges and lots of great music from the 80’s! Please join us for Flashdance: An 80's Flashback!
Director's & Writer's Notes
Good evening, and welcome to Jubilations Dinner Theatre for our production of Flashdance: an 80’s Flashback! It’s back to the 80’s tonight for a wet and wild time in the era of big hair, leg warmers, and letting all your feelings out in a passionate dance! (as was the custom at the time)! Welcome to “Randy’s Place”! A little dance club with a lot of heart and soul, but not quite enough cash to stay in business. Our star dancers are putting on the show of a lifetime to keep this place hopping, and as potential investors, you all get to help make dreams come true at our big masquerade fundraiser! Putting together this show with this amazing group of talented performers has been such a fun and rewarding experience. It has truly been my pleasure to work with this world-class production team of brilliant, and dedicated artists who can never really be thanked enough. Working with Jubilations over the course of the past 20 years has had such a wonderful impact on my life, and I am grateful to have the opportunity to be involved again, this time from the director’s chair! A big thank you to my friends Randy Apostle and Connie Manfredi for such a fun script. Also, thank you Doug, Janet, Randy, the production team, the cast and, of course, my beautiful Yanin, Kacey and Eliotte. Sit back and enjoy, or get up and dance if you want to! I hope you have more than a few laughs tonight, and as much fun watching this show as we had creating it. After all, it’s because of you the audience that we get to keep having so much fun. So, thank you. Enjoy the show!
Thank you for coming to see Flashdance: An 80’s Flashback! I was very excited to help write a story about a female hero chasing her dreams and the friends who support her along the way. Having Gillian Moon as my muse was also a fantastic perk! All of these characters are based on (in some way or another) friends and family in my life and I hope they bring you as much fun and joy as they have brought me. I am very thankful to Randy Apostle for giving me the opportunity to write with him, to Cory Wojcik for his advice along the way, and to my brother Angelo for sitting through too many living room read-throughs and telling me that I was laughing too hard at my own jokes. Enjoy the show!
ARTISITIC DIRECTOR/CO-WRITER - Randy Apostle*
Hello folks, and welcome to Jubilations. For the past 25 years I have been blessed with the opportunity to work with amazing theatre artists - writers, directors, performers, stage managers, set designers, sound and light designers, costumers, choreographers, musicians, musical directors, scenic painters, carpenters, back stage crews, producers, box office staff and the list goes on... Every show requires the input of so many talented people and we all strive to create a show that we hope will entertain you, our audience. I give my thanks to each and every member of our team with an added shout out to my co-writer Connie for her hilarious dialogue and story ideas, and to Mr. Scott Cranwill, one of the funniest people I know and someone I am proud to call my friend. Finally, I thank you, our audience for your many years of laughter and support. Cheers!
* The participation of these Artists are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance, Opera, Theatre Policy.
Gillian Moon - Alex Owens
Hailing from Barrhead, Alberta, Gillian is stoked to be back on the Jubilations stage with these rad rockin’ tubular teammates! She now calls Winnipeg home and performed most recently at Jubilations as a dancing dreamer from the fifties in Rock Around the Clock. She has also appeared as a ditsy cheerleader, a quirky old lady and a giant hamburger to name a few. Gillian also performs internationally in stage productions for children. Thanks to Peter for supporting her despite her nomadic ways and to Chili and MJF for keeping her feet warm.
Dan Allen - Angelo Grand Jete
Dan Allen is thrilled to be in Calgary performing in his third Jubilation's show! Dan first started with the company as an adcast in 1996 when Jubilation's first opened in West Edmonton Mall. He then made his way to the mainstage as Joe Willard in his first show "Flatland Jamboree" the following year. After a long hiatus Dan returned as Cam in the 2015 production of "Modern Family Vacation!" Now bitten by the acting bug Dan is back again playing the endearing choreographer Angelo Grand Jete! Now sit back, relax and enjoy the show!
Ashleigh Garbatt - Rose Goldstein
Hello again! Glad to be back here at Jubilations for the 3rd and a half time! Glad you’re here too. All ya gotta do is have a great time, eat and drink lots, and sure, you can dance if ya wanna! Cheers!
Tyler Pinsent - Nick Hewley
Hey buddies and pals! Tyler is super pumped to be back on the Jubilations stage. He was last seen as Brad Sheridan in Mamma Mio. Since then, Tyler attended the theatre arts program at MacEwan University. He had the honor of portraying great roles such as Tommy Ross in Carrie: The Musical, and John Wilkes Booth in Assassins. Off stage, you can usually find Tyler mixing drinks at Edmonton’s Jubilations Dinner Theatre, or singing Karaoke at some dive bar, depending on the day of the week. Shout outs to Mom, Dad, Jessica, and anyone else who will be offended if their name isn’t mentioned. Enjoy the show!
Dallen Girard - Reggie Pulizzi
Welcome to the ‘80s everyone! So grab all your spandex and leg warmers and get ready to dance! Dallen is on stage for the first time with Jubilations! He is over the moon to be in his first show after being backstage and ad-casting! He would also like to dedicate his performance to his mom and hometown! Enjoy!
Jill Martin - Gloria Rhodes
Jill has returned, and is grateful to be embarking upon her fourth adventure with Jubilations. In her past dinner theater lives she has portrayed an awkward waitress with an affinity for yelling into watering cans (Corner Gassed 2), a blonde, guitar-toting hippie backed by an army of rats (Best of Friends Reunion) and the knowit- all chief of police who consciously sipped on coffee laced with poison because...well...coffee (It’s Elementary, Sherlock). Jill took a short hiatus with the company to participate in a year-long Horticultural Production course and to complete a Garden/Preserving kitchen internship in BC; she now owns a piece of paper that says she can officially do somewhat professional things! What better way to celebrate her graduation than by doing something completely unrelated but also very close to her heart? She hopes you have a most excellent evening and if you’re looking to talk compost, vermiculture, or canning cherries after the show; she’s your girl...come say hi!
Randy Apostle* & Connie Manfredi
Kristen Sawatsky & Rebekah Jones*
Peter Nadolny, Gillian Moon, Jack Apostle & Dan Allen
Jaimie Cooney, Rom Fantini & Casey Richards
Jaimie Cooney, Karen Turnball, Casey Richards & Brandi Chemerika
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*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.