In 1986 Ferris Bueller took a day off. With wit and charm he managed to skip school and keep the teachers in the dark. 30 years later Ferris finds himself back in high school, but this time he’s the teacher. When Ferris finds that students these days are more lost, hopeless, and bored than ever, he resorts to using the one subject no student can ignore… Rock and Roll!!
Director's & Writer's Notes
Good evening and welcome to Jubilations Dinner Theatre! Tonight we are off on a fun musical romp with some engaging characters from two wonderful “feel good” films, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off and School Of Rock! I had a great time writing a story about these lovable characters who all end up together on this night to decide the fate of a new “Joy of Rock” class offered at the prestigious Prissy Preparatory Collegiate. You are all students, parents, and friends here to vote on whether this course should be continued or canceled. We have enjoyed putting this show together and I thank our talented cast
and production team for all their fantastic work! I send out a special thank you to Danica and the folks at Levy’s Leathers for contributing a guitar strap to our show...the same strap I might add, that Jack Black used in the School of Rock film! We also thank Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and our General
Partners for all 3 of our venues, Janet Cunningham and Doug Stephen. I thank you, our audience, for all of your many years of laughter and support! Please do feel free to contact me with any comments, concerns or encouragements!
Joseph Davis* Ferris Bueller
Joseph has done more shows here at Jubilations than he can remember. Rumour has it that he has been touring as many years as Madonna! He was last seen here in It’s Elementary Sherlock as the villain Moriarty two years ago. Recently he has spent his time at the Calgary Spark Science Centre as a science demonstrator and a planetarium presenter. He is now well versed in the principles of liquid nitrogen, the explosive nature of hydrogen gas the eventual end of our solar system as we know it. His other credits around the known Universe include The Producers, The Night Larry Kramer Kissed Me, Picasso At The Lapin Agile, The Rocky Horror Show, A Twisted Christmas Carol, Winnie the Pooh and the Perfect Day, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline and many others. He is pleased to be back home so he can enjoy his favourite Indian food from the Tandoori Grill. It’s amazing! Check it out!
Brandi Chemerika Roz Mullens
Sweet 16! Brandi is happy to be back for her 16th performance with Jubilations (which seems impossible because she’s only 25). After playing everything from an heiress, to a doctor, a magician, a poolside floozy, an assassin, a mayor, a granny, a mother and a lawyer to name a few, Brandi is pleased to test her talents as Principal Mullens in this epic rock and roll adventure. She is also pretty thrilled to be working alongside some of her best friends whilst planning the next big OFF stage adventure with her fellow cast mate, Nate, to the islands of Indonesia. Many thanks to the production crew and all the folks behind the scenes and of course, thank YOU for joining us!
Nate Woodward Cameron Frye/Waiter 1
Nathaniel is happy to be back in Calgary for this epic rock concert. After spending the last 2 years in massage school, Nathaniel is happy to call himself both an actor and an RMT. You may remember Nathaniel from Jubilations’ performance of Modern Family Vacation as well as many other productions making this his 11th show. While doing this show with a great cast, he will be planning his next big adventure to Indonesia with fellow performer Brandi. Enjoy the show!
Brianna Diodati Sloane Peterson
Brianna is beyond thrilled to be making her Jubilations debut! Her passion for performing started at a young age when she joined an organization called The Youth Singers of Calgary. Following 9 years with that organization, she continued her choral training at the University of Lethbridge where she studied
both acting and math… “Ew math”... She knows. Musical theatre has always been a big part of Brianna’s life and she is so thankful to be on stage for you today! Brianna would like to give BIG THANKS to Randy, the incredible cast and crew, and all of her supporters because without them, well, she probably wouldn’t be here with all of you... And that is a sad, sad thought. So sit back, relax, and join in on a magical “rock out” of a time!
Tom Edwards* Edward Rooney/Waiter 2
Tom’s happy to be back at Jubilations in this rockin’ show! He was last seen rockin’ it up as Elvis in Once Upon a Time with Elvis He has performed in many Jubilations shows over the last sixteen years. He’s regularly seen in the live improvised soap opera Die Nasty which he’s been performing in for probably 22 years now, “gulp”, which is a long time to do silly acting. Prepare yourself for more of the same. He’s performed in two musicals in the past couple of years called The Last Resort, for Mayfield Dinner theatre and Drat, the Cat, for Plain Jane theatre. Tom would like all of you lovers of raucous music to get rockmantic and sing your socks off…if you dare!
Yianni Assimakis Dewey Quinn
It’s been an amazing ride at Jubilations, from playing Elvis in Elvis and the Las Vegas Hangover, to working closely with Darth Vader in Star Warz! Now, I’ve returned as Dewey to conquer the world of rock and teach you all a thing or two about it! This has been my home for the last 10 years. I’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the funniest and most talented people in Canada and I am blessed to have that opportunity again. Music has changed my life and the power of rock and roll isn’t just about guitar or sweet riffs, it’s about spirit and passion. Dare to be different, because everybody has an inner rock star! The amazing cast and crew here have worked hard to be able to bring you the story of Ferris and his friends, so sit back and oh yeah...*CAUTION* It’s recommended you tie your napkin around
your head because we are going to blow your minds! It is impossible to thank all the people that have helped me get here so I’m going to choose a few careful words here. To everyone I love and care for, that I miss and think of, that I depend on and look up to and for those of you about to ROCK, I salute you. So make as much noise as you can because we literally need it to survive. Be prepared to rock like you’ve never rocked before!
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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.