Buddy Holly’s Happy Days

Come back with us to those Happiest of Days… the 1950’s! The gang is all here, Richie Cunningham, the Fonz, and of course their best pal Buddy Holly. What? You didn’t know that the legendary Rock and Roll pioneer was friends with Ritchie Cunningham and the gang?!? He was their best Buddy!!

Jubilations Dinner Theatre presents Buddy Holly’s Happy Days. All of Buddy Holly’s greatest hits and some more fantastic oldies too!!

How The Night Unfolds

Dinner Theatre Menu

Jubilations Menu is Carefully Prepared by Our Team of Chefs


Rock Me My Baby

Classic Cream of Broccoli Soup

Rave on Greens

Greens topped with dried cranberries and toasted walnuts served with an Apple Vinaigrette


Cake Up Little Suzie

A moist chocolate cake layered with mousse

Potsies Pecan Paradise

Pecan Pie with flakey pastry, caramel and pecans


Oh Boy, Beef!

Choice AAA thinly sliced Alberta Roast Beef cooked to medium and perfected with our own mouth-watering pan-jus. Accompanied by herb roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Recommended Pairing: Lindeman’s Bin 50 Shiraz 6oz. Glass $7.65 / 9oz. Glass $9.55 Bottle $28.55

Big Al’s Fab Fish

Parmesan and herb crusted tilapia. Accompanied by a wild rice blend, lemon Beurre Blanc Sauce and seasonal vegetables
Recommended Pairing: Chardonnay 6oz. Glass $7.65 9oz. Glass $9.55 / Bottle $28.55

Classy Chassis Chicken

Lightly breaded chicken topped with creamy spinach, garlic, and parmesan. Accompanied by herb roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Recommended Pairing: Invivo Ataware Sauvignon Blanc 6oz. 6oz. Glass $9.95 / 9oz. Glass $11.95 / Bottle $33.95

Sit on It Stir Fry

Crisp stir fried vegetables served over noodles with a bright ginger sauce
Recommended Pairing: Kendall Jackson Riesling 6oz. Glass $9.95 / 9oz. Glass $11.95 Bottle $33.95

* Prime Rib

*available at a supplemental charge of $6.00* Slow Roasted AAA Alberta Prime Rib cooked to medium and perfected with our own mouth-watering pan-jus. Accompanied with potatoes and seasonal vegetables.

Schedule Information

Shows Run Wednesday Through Sunday

Wednesday - Saturday Doors Open at 6:15pm
Sunday Doors Open at 5:00pm

Jubilations Junior Shows Saturdays at 11am

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Notes & Credits


Bob Cunningham – Artistic Director/Writer/Director

Hey there all you boppers and sock hoppers, welcome to the 1950’s!
We are so glad you joined us for our tale of those happy days gone by. We’ve taken one of the 1950’s greatest real life legends, Buddy Holly and paired him with that same eras fictional icons, the gang from Happy Days. Turns out they fit together like poodle skirts and pony tails… like sock hops and soda shops … like milkshakes and… okay, you get what I’m saying.
The 1950’s was such an amazing time, and we’ve had so much fun exploring the iconic images and nostalgia. We’ve packed our heartwarming tale with some of the greatest hit songs from that amazing era, and with lots of laughs too. We hope you’ll have as much fun watching it as we did making it!
Thanks for coming!
Bob Cunningham
Artistic Director

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.

Bob Cunningham – Writer/Director

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away… Jubilations Dinner Theatre produced a fun Star Wars parody called Star Warz: A Galactic Rock Comedy. Since Hollywood keeps making Star Wars movies we thought, hey let’s do another parody farce! Welcome to Star Warz 2: The Farce Strikes Back! This time we take our silly comedic look at the “dark side” of the force. Many of the classic characters are back, along with a couple new friends. The Star Warz gang are once again rocking out to the hits of 70s and 80s while dancing like they’ve never danced before… except for Darth Vader… Vader don’t dance!

As always, it has been a pleasure to work with the amazing Jubilations Dinner Theatre team to make this show happen. From an amazing production team making truly magical experiences, to the fantastic in-house team of characters making each night an interactive and unique experience.

I hope you all have as much fun watching as we do creating! Sit back, enjoy the show and… May the farce be with you!

Randy Hadubiak

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.

Jaimie Cooney

Jaimie is the set designer and head carpenter for Jubilations/Celebrations Dinner Theatres in Winnipeg, Edmonton and Calgary. Jaimie and her creative team enjoy inventing exciting worlds for 5 new shows in 3 cities each year. From pirate ships and castles to underwater adventures each show presents its own challenge. They aim to create a backdrop that brings the audience into the story and action on stage. Born in Manitoba and raised in central Alberta, where she still resides today; Jaime received her Fine Arts Degree at Red Deer College in 2000 and her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Alberta College Of Art And Design in 2003. Straight out of college she began working with the theatre’s production team painting the wall murals and soon progressed to set construction and eventually set design, becoming head designer in 2017. Jaimie’s art work is also featured in other venues such as Aussie Rules and the School Of Rock in Calgary as well as Cheers Pub and numerous homes in the Red Deer area

Van Wilmott

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.

Bob Cunningham
Bob Cunningham
Artistic Director
Bob Cunningham
Music Producer
Music Director
Greg Dunstan
Danny Gullekson
Karen Turnbull
Rehearsal Stage Managers
Brent Buchanan and Matt McMillan
Sound/Light Design
Randy Hadubiak
Sound/Light Assistant
Gail Ksionzyk
Set Design
Jaimie Cooney
Mural Design
Jaimie Cooney
Scene Painters
Jaimie Cooney, Karen Turnbull, Genevieve Levasseur, Brad Friese, Casey Richards and Katherine Inksetter
Shop Carpenter
Casey Richards
Set Carpenter
Brad Friese
Costume Design
Yvonne Ustick
Cast Photographer
Cory Hicks

Cast Bios

Evan Dowling*, Potsy/Fonz

Fun fact, Evan was born and raised in the town of Winkler, Manitoba, and now he's playing the Fonz - a character originally portrayed by Henry Winkler. Ayyyy!  Evan studied acting, voice, and dance at Randolph College for the Performing Arts in Toronto. After 10 years working in Toronto (COC's: Iphiginea in Taurus; Various Fringe Premiers: The Killing Game, Tiki Bikini Beach Paradise Party A Go Go; Lower Ossington Theatre: Spamalot; Hart House: Dirty Rotten Scoundrels; Evil Dead the Musical international tour, and others) Evan spent the last 2 1/2 years travelling around the globe and performing on Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and now lives in Edmonton with his beautiful Wife and partner. This is Evan's first show with Jubilations Dinner Theatre and it's certainly the flat out, neatest, over-the-mooniest experience. Enjoy the show!

*The participation of these artists is arranged by Canadian Actors Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance Opera and Theatre Policy.

Cameron Freitas, Buddy Holly

Cameron is a recent graduate of the Theatre Performance and Creation program at Red Deer College. His recent performances include the role of Adolphus Cusins in the RDC production of Major Barbara, multiple character roles for Butt Ugly’s original play Unstoppable, and Dominic Fabrizzi in Tony N Tina’s Wedding. This is his first performance with Jubilations Dinner Theatre, and he couldn’t be happier to share this night of singing, dancing and fun with you!

Kendra Bidwell, Peggy

Born and raised in Victoria, BC, Kendra’s passion for theatre and performing sparked at an early age and she has been singing and dancing ever since. She graduated from the Canadian College of Performing Arts’ Company C program this past year where she had the opportunity to assistant music direct, create new work, and even learn how to play the accordion. Since graduation she has dabbled in puppetry, film and stage management. Some favourite past credits include CCPA’s Cabaret, Wintertime and the Gold Fever Follies’ Love and Business. Kendra is thrilled to be a part of Buddy Holly’s Happy Days and she hopes you enjoy the show!

Sydney James, Lou/Mrs. Cunningham

Sydney James has worked in dinner theatre since she was a bright eyed nineteen year old and forcing reluctant audience members to dance onstage for six years! When she isn’t expertly perusing a thrift shop or forcing her pet rabbit to cuddle her she enjoys eating latkes and taking five years to finish a three year university degree! Sydney spends most of her time picking out which pair of black leggings to wear and deciding which of her theatre credits to include in her bio. She was Cecily in The Importance of Being Earnest and The Littlest Christmas Tree in her grade three Christmas pageant. Sydney would like to thank Brandon for always keeping her smiling and Brandon’s Xbox for keeping him company while she’s on this tour. 

Andrew Wade, Ritchie

Andrew Wade is an award-winning actor, playwright, and stage manager based out of Vancouver. A graduate from the University of Victoria, he is best known for writing and performing original works in twenty-three festivals across the country. His own shows include an forgotten imaginary friend (Hullaboo and The End of Everything), an ode to geekdom (William vs The World), a personal storytelling show where he builds a functional lie detector machine onstage (The Most Honest Man In The World), a trip to Wonderland (The Hatter), and a truly ridiculous and epic co-creation, The Light and Delightful Musical Comedy of Titus Andronicus (Pick of the Fringe! - 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival). And while he has performed with dozens of companies around BC, he has never had an opportunity quite like Jubilations. It's not Everyday you get to Shake.

Dean Galloway, Al/Mr.Cunningham/Jay Brock

Dean is very happy to be returning to Jubilations Dinner Theatre after a several year absence from the stage. Dean spent his time away from the stage raising two amazing boys, Jasper and Jesse. Dean is dedicating his performance in Buddy Holly’s Happy Days to his two boys as Daddy will be away from home for a little while.

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Ticket Pricing

Prices include a three-act musical comedy, a four-course dinner, and refillable tea and coffee. Prices do not include taxes, gratuities, pop or alcohol.

Ticket TypeWeds, Thurs & SunFri & Sat
Regular Adult$69.95$75.95
Corporate Club$57.45$65.95
Senior Special (60+)$51.25N/A
Student Special$51.25N/A
Children (12 & under)$38.95$38.95
Ticket TypeAdultsKids
Jubilations Jr (Sat Mornings 11am)$39.95$36.95
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