Ahoy, sea dogs! Man the masts! Secure the rum! Captain Jack returns to set sail down the mighty river Saskatchewan for one final pilgrimage! The great Admiral Northington has arranged a truce with all prairie Pirates! Tonight, they all gather to sign the peace treaty - could this be the end of the Pirates of the North Saskatchewan?
Take no heed if you have not seen the Pirates of the North Saskatchewan 1 or 2, this is a stand-alone tale! A new swashbuckling adventure complimented with classic rock hits of the 70s! Aye, this is the tale of the most treacherous, the most terrifying, this be the final tale of the Pirates of the North Saskatchewan! From the creators of our pirate adventures one and two, Jubilations is proud to present the final swashbuckling tale!
Director's & Writer's Notes
Writer's Notes: Cory Wojcik
Wow! What an honour! I never expected, 8 years after the first one, to be penning the 3rd installment of The Pirates of the North Saskatchewan. In fact, were it not for you, our audience, voting for Pirates 1 in a survey in 2004 this whole thing would've never happened. So, thanks!
A frequent question I get asked about writing a script for Jubilations is: what comes first, the music or the story? Well, for this whole trilogy, it’s been the music first. The best decision I ever made for this saga is to set it to classic rock. It’s such an amazing genre ranging from the late 60s to the late 80s. Here’s some math and some behind the scenes stuff for you: each show has about 18-20 songs in it. So, for a trilogy we’re talking about 60 songs. I never had to use the same song twice! And each show has a different story thanks to the richness of that music.
I want to thank every actor I’ve had the pleasure to watch bring the scripts to life over the years. Every greedy pirate, every boatswain, every goat woman, every witch, every sister or brother, Mother or Father, every Captain or Colonel, every beaver of unusual size, and every seasick lover, I thank you! The successes of these shows have been because of your great generosity as actors and people. Particularly, I want to tip my hat to Murray Farnell who has remained the only constant throughout all of this as Captain Jack Partridge. Each story has revolved around different members of Captain Jack’s family and I couldn’t imagine any one in that role but Murray.
Of course I also want to thank the other constants of this trilogy, Artistic Director Randy Apostle and the production team. I cannot express how much their support over the years has helped me to develop my skills as a writer.
I do hope you enjoy this final tale of the Pirates of the North Saskatchewan!
Writer's Notes: Randy Apostle
I have been directing, producing and writing shows for over 25 years, hard to believe sometimes, ha, ha. It has been a very interesting career full of many incredibly talented people and so many shows. One of the benefits of working with many artists that I have discovered as of late, is the joy of many coming back to work with our theatre again. Cory Wojcik has worked with us many times over the years and it is a pleasure indeed to once again collaborate with this very funny, well known performer and writer.
This cast brings along some old and talented friends as well. Kelly has been in numerous shows with us, most recently British Invasion a great show recently up in Edmonton. Nathaniel is yet another performer who I have had the pleasure of working with many times over the years, last seen in the Big Fat Wedding show. Melissa has a few shows under her belt and has been great in them all. Murray, another busy Winnipeg performer and old friend, is not only a veteran to our Pirate adventures but also worked with our company for many years in many capacities. Dave made his first appearance with us as “Lips” the crooning band leader in our production of “Mugs and Molls” in 2011 and Kharytia first took the stage with us in 2002 in “City Dudes & Country Slickers” so happy to work with all of these great performers!
I am blessed to work with these familiar and talented folks along with our production team who are made up of some of the hardest working people I know and all of us truly hope our efforts bring enjoyment to you all! We are very pleased to present: Pirates of the North Saskatchewan III.
As always, I thank you for your support and if you have any questions or comments about this or any other of our shows please do feel free to contact me.
I wish you all the very best in this Holiday Season and thank you for your laughter and support and please do feel free to contact me with any comments or questions about any of our shows! Cheers!
Celebrations Dinner Theatre
Murray Farnell* - Captain Jack Partridge
Greetings mates! I’m back for my third go-round as everyone’s favorite scallywag. Cutting my teeth here, (taking a 3 year hiatus to fly air ambulance in northern Manitoba) and then returning to acting as an alumni of the Professional Training Ensemble at Prairie Theatre Exchange, I’ve had the privilege of working on stage, screen and sound booth across the prairies. Theatre credits include The Melville Boy; The Shunning (RMTC), The Laramie Project; Portage and Munsch: 50 Below Zero (PTE), Bloodless: The Trial of Burke and Hare (White Rabbit), The Crackwalker (Sweet and Salty), Sunday in the Park with George (Galleryworks), Here Lies Henry (Canadian Fringe). Also, I’ve voiced many characters for cartoons such as Lanfeust Quest, Supa Strikas, and Mind-blowing Breakthroughs, and been a puppeteer and voice actor for Lost Tales of Brothers Grimm.
For more, check out my website: http://murball1980.wix.com/murballproductions.
(* Appears Courtesy of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association)
Kelly Benzing - Commodore Northington
Kelly is very excited that all of you land lubbers could join her as she sets sail across the open seas. Music has always been Kelly’s passion and she has had classical and operatic training since the age of 5. You may remember Kelly from some previous shows such as Thank you Mr. Presley, Mugs and Molls: A Mobster Musical, Jump for Glee, My Big Fat Edmonton Wedding and The British Invasion. Kelly would like to thank everyone who has worked so hard on this production. A GIANT thank you to Kelly’s friends and family who have always stuck behind her and supported her dreams. Hope you all have a great night tonight and don’t forget to try the Rum! Yarrrrrrr!!!!
Nathaniel Woodward - Bruno
Adventure! Nathaniel is no stranger to it. After a breathtaking journey through Guatemala and the open seas of Belize, this scallywag is delighted to embark on yet another. This is Nathaniel’s 9th show with Jubilations and he’s thrilled to be back home. Living on a farm near Onoway where chickens cluck and a llama takes dust baths. Yet, five nights a week, he gets to board the Flying Jamison for a trip along the North Saskatchewan. Yar! It be a good life. To view some of Nathaniel’s adventure photos and paintings, visit his website www.natearte.com
Kharytia Bilash - Daisy Jones
Kharytia is very excited to be joining this amazing crew! Credits include: The British Invasion, Elvis & the Las Vegas Hangover, City Dudes and Country Slickers (Jubilations), Peace Love Rock n’ Roll and the Beat Goes On (Mayfield Dinner theatre), Belle in Beauty & the Beast (The Citadel/Theatre Calgary), and Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie (Rabdolph). Many thanks to friends and family for their love and support, the cast and to Randy! Wishing you all a wondarrrrful night!!!
Melissa Dorsey - Annie Toonette
From Armstrong, BC, Melissa Dorsey moved to Calgary, AB and studied music at Rocky Mountain College, as well as acting at Company of Rogues Actor’s Studio. This is Dorsey’s seventh time performing on the Jubilations Calgary stage in shows like Greased, Grey’s House Of Anatomy and Jailhouse Rock. Besides running around with pirates, Melissa runs her own private music studio (DaCapo with Dorsey), performs with ADHD Sketch Comedy, dubs English for a few different anime cartoons, and works with improv, drama classes & musicals in high schools around the city. “Thank You to my brilliantly talented and supportive family, and to my extended ‘Jubs’ family and Calgary friends.” You can see more about Melissa Dorsey on her website: www.melissadorsey.workbooklive.com.
Dave Elder - Captain Nobeard
Avast me hearties! Dave is keen as a rapier to be with you this evening! This is his second show with Jubilations, having appeared in The Mugs and Molls; Mobster Musical. Dave has been chomping at the bit to get back on stage with Jubilations and couldn’t have picked a better show himself! Dave has spent most of the last decade touring and performing with various musicals and bands across Canada, most recently with acappella group Hoja. He has a very entertaining acappella Youtube channel as well! youtube.com/triforcefilms so check that out! For now though, Lets raise the anchor and set sail for adventure!
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Kristen Sawatsky & Kelly Swan
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*Courtesy of Canadian Actors' Equity Association
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.