Join us, as we take a look in on our favourite hip cats and cool chicks as another school year begins at Rydell High. The notorious tough girl gang, the T-birdies, are about to choose their club leader for this year and the competition is close between Danni, the present leader and the up and comer, Penny. The girls are also preparing for the big drag race with the Hot Rods, their rival boy gang. Johnny, the leader of the Hot Rods and Danni’s ex-boyfriend, will do almost anything to win the race and the girl.
This show is a celebration of Rock and Roll music, sure to bring back fond memories for some and many smiles to all!
Jubilations Dinner Theatre is proud to present: Greased 2!
Director's & Writer's Notes
Good evening folks and welcome to Rydell High’s 1959 back to class pep rally. It is a busy night here. Besides celebrating the start of the new school year, the girl gang the “T-Birdies” are set to choose their new leader, and of course the last big drag race of summer is always held on this night. We are also meeting our new principal, Mr. Upchuck, who just moved here all the way from Texas! There is lots of entertainment planned for this evening and we hope you all have a wonderful rock and rolling good time! A few years ago I wrote a little spoof called Greased and the show turned out to be a real crowd pleaser and very successful. I did a bit of a role reversal and had the most notorious drag racing gang made up of females, and the new shy foreign student was a boy named “Sandy.” Of course, featuring great songs of the ‘50s is always a treat for many people, whether you be reminiscing or just now discovering the rock and roll age! I was excited to pen another chapter in our crazy “Rydell High” world and had so much fun with this great music and silly story. The other great pleasure has been working with this multi-talented cast and of course our amazing production team who along with the great lighting, music, choreography, costuming, and an amazing set, also created 4 cars for our big drag race. I would like to acknowledge the generous support of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association and our General Partners, Janet Cunningham and Doug Stephen. Finally, I thank you, our audience, for your many years of laughter and support. If you have any comments or questions about this or any of our shows please do feel free to contact me. I hope you have a great night with us and enjoy our show! Cheers!
Gabriel Stinson - Mr. Upchuck
Howdy, y’all! Gabriel Will Stinson is celebratin’ his ninth anniversary on the Jubilations stage. He is thrilled to be back so soon and could not have done it without the generous hearts of the friends and family around him. “Show nine,” he tells me. (That’s almost ten! Wow.) He has acted in roles ranging from a plucky high school student to a grumpy septuagenarian. Even though he has never ventured much earlier than the seventies on this stage, the sweet dulcet sounds of fifties pop and rock have won him over. So strap into your seats because this hot rod is shooting off into the sunset at a hundred and ten!
Brad Zacharias - Johnny
Get out the hair pomade and find your switchblade comb! Brad is thrilled to be back as Johnny, and to relive the glory days of the greaser. Hailing from Carman, Manitoba, you may have seen Brad as Luke Young (“Skyrocker”) in Star Warz, in other Jubilations productions (Best of Friends Reunion, It’s Elementary, Sherlock), or as his greatest role, random passerby on the street. Brad would like to thank his friends, family, and fiancé Jeny for supporting his (slight) madness throughout it all. Enjoy the show!
Hanna Skibin - Danni
Hanna is absolutely thrilled to be making her Jubilations debut as Danni in Greased 2! Hanna is a recent graduate of the Theatre Arts program at Grant MacEwan University. Favorite credits include Rent The Musical (Mimi), The Rocky Horror Show (Magenta), Catch Me If You Can The Musical (Carol Strong) and Urinetown The Musical (Little Becky). Hanna would like to dedicate this show to Keith Ewasiuk and June Skibin. Now throw your mittens around your kittens and away we go!
Jessy Mossop - Penny
Jessy Mossop is an Alberta based vocalist, with a lifelong dream of building a career in the music industry. This passionate performer has already garnered awards both nationally and internationally in songwriting, vocal technique, acting, and performance among many others. Always willing to help the community, she has lent her talent to support many charities, performing and organizing. Jessy’s live performance showcases her distinct powerful vocals that will leave you in a whirlwind of emotion and eager to hear more.
Maggie Paul Fredette - Suzy/Frankie
Maggie is beyond excited to be on the Jubilations stage for the first time as an actor! Having been part of the ad-cast team for several years, Maggie is thrilled for this wonderful opportunity to finally bring her performance to the stage. This is her first major acting role and she hopes that GREASED 2 will bring cheer and laughter to all those who come to see it. Being a drama major from the University of Alberta, Maggie has always dreamed of working in theatre. She loves to act but is most known for her playwriting. She is always passionate about bringing her characters and stories to the stage, and is honoured to be the one, this time, to be bringing a playwright’s vision and great character to life.
Lastly, Maggie would like to thank Randy, the production team and all those who will be part of this amazing experience, and of course, thank all of you for coming out tonight to join the fun. Enjoy the show and don’t be afraid to sing along with us to your favorite rock and roll songs!
Nyala Pittel - Mary Anne
A recent graduate of Grant MacEwan’s Theatre Arts Program, Nyala is thrilled to be making her Jubilations debut. Born in Bowmanville, Ontario and raised here in Edmonton, where she now calls home, she has been performing as long as she can remember. Most recently, she was seen in Triple Threat Theatre’s Sondheim on Sondheim at the 2016 Edmonton Fringe Festival, and in Wyvern Players’ productions of Over My Dead Body and According to Rumour. Previous credits include Nice Work If You Can Get It, Curtains and Heathers (Grant MacEwan). Now, without further ado, it’s time to burn some rubber! Safe driving everyone!
|Writer & Director||Randy Apostle*|
|Artistic Director||Randy Apostle*|
|Music Producer||WAMARH Music|
|Music Director||Greg Dunstan|
|Choreographer||Kristen Sawatzky & Laura Kolisnyk|
|Sound/ Light Design||Randy Hadubiak|
|Sound/ Light Assistant||Gail Ksionzyk|
|Set Design||Jaimie Cooney|
|Set Constructed||Rom Fantini & Jaimie Cooney|
|Mural Design||Jamie Cooney|
|Scene Painters||Jaimie Cooney, Karen Turnbull, Casey Richards, Genevieve Levasseur, Katherine Inksetter & Gillian Moon|
|Costume Design||Tianna Lombardi|
|Cast Photographer||Jim Woroniuk|
|Shop Carpenter||Jaimie Cooney|
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Jubilations Dinner Theatre is licensed by The Society of Composers, Authors and Music Publishers of Canada (SOCAN)
*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.