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OUR STORY

ALL EYES ON US

Jubilations Dinner Theatre has been a staple of the Alberta theatre scene for over 20 years. Our talented cast takes on the best in pop culture, crafting hilarious parodies of the biggest names in movies, music, and TV for an altogether unforgettable show. Take in the excitement (and the stunning live vocals) while you enjoy a delicious four-course dinner served by our character servers.

Break from your routine and immerse yourself in a totally unique, truly Canadian experience – we guarantee a good time (and we know all your favourite songs).

It’s a live show, so anything could happen. Play along, and the actors might just include you in the act!

Our cast never breaks character and audiences always have a good time. Each show features classic hit songs – we dare you not to sing along.

THE VISIONARIES


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Janet Cunningham
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Janet was raised in Flin Flon, the eldest of seven children but has spent all her adult life in Winnipeg, where she was regional controller for Keg Restaurants (10 years) and controller for Athlete’s Wear Sporting Goods (8 years). She graduated the CGA program in 1983 and joined Doug Stephen & Jim Armstrong in WOW Hospitality Concepts in 1995. She is married to Ken and has two grown children and four grandchildren who are all now young adults.

Her daughter is a teacher and is married with two children. Her son, Bob, an actor/musician worked in the business side of the operation for several years and while doing that used his artistic side to write and direct several successful productions for the company.

Janet’s son Bob recently accepted the position of Artistic Director for the Dinner Theatres where he will be responsible for the overall production of the five dinner theatre shows done in the three theatres as well as the five Jubilations Junior shows that run on several Saturdays throughout the year in the two Alberta theatres. He can still be found playing piano in Aussie Rules from time to time. He is married with two children.

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Doug Stephen
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Doug returned to Winnipeg in 1981 and has resided here for the past 37 years. Doug has six grown children in a blended family with his wife Kerri. During Doug’s time in Winnipeg, he was a Joint Venture and Area partner for Keg Restaurants, a Franchise of The Old Spaghetti Factory and in 1995 he founded and is president of WOW Hospitality Concepts.

In 2000, Doug brought Janet Cunningham and Jim Armstrong on as partners in WOW, which either owns, partners or manages 11 Hospitality Concepts in two provinces. Doug and Janet are also the General Partners of their Dinner Theatres in Winnipeg, Calgary and Edmonton.

Concepts currently under the WOW umbrella are 529 Steakhouse, Peasant Cookery, Celebrations Dinner Theatre, Jubilations Dinner Theatres in Calgary and Edmonton, Aussie Rules Piano Bar, Carne Italian Chophouse and Prairie’s Edge as well as WOW Catering.

WHO LEADS THE TEAM


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Edward Ayres
General Manager

Hailing from Canmore, Edward moved to Calgary to study science and drama at Mount Royal University and started working at Jubilations in 2015. While employed at this magical place, Edward has worn many hats, including serving as an additional cast member, touring as a performer for two productions, and managing the serving staff as the Floor Manager. Having had some of the best experiences of his life, Edward has come to call Jubilations home. Now, as the General Manager, he strives to deliver that same sense to you, our valued guests.

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Zander Swanson
Sous Chef

Zander Swanson is the Sous Chef for Jubilations Dinner Theater and Aussie Rules Piano Bar. He is professionally trained through SAITs culinary program. Zander has been cooking with Jubilations for almost 6 years!

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Julie Ma
General Manager

Born one of nine children in small town Alberta, Julie attended NAIT and has spent her entire career in hospitality. Since joining the Jubilations family in 2012 she has enjoyed learning about theatre and is proud to be involved in keeping the arts alive. Although she enjoys the challenge of keeping all the moving parts of a dinner theatre working in unison, her favorite moments are the ones spent interacting with patrons. Julie truly hopes that you enjoy immersing yourself in our unique theatre experience.

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Richard Pinsent
Chef

A native of beautiful Bellevue, Newfoundland Richard is one of 16 children. Like many young Newfoundlanders he left the island in search of work in Yellowknife, where he discovered his joy of cooking. He and his wife Suzanne and three children lived in various places before settling in Edmonton. Richard, along with many members of his family enjoy working in their various roles at Jubilations. He can honestly say that Jubilations is a family.

WHO RUNS THE SHOW


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Tina Shewfelt
Floor Manager

Calgary born and raised, a mother of four, Tina is excited to be a part of the Jubilations Calgary family! Tina is no stranger to the stage or front-of-house operations. With many years of choir, theatre and orchestra, along with years of catering and restaurant-style service, Jubilations is her dream job come true! She even married the love of her life on the Jubilations stage!

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Melissa Dorsey
Stage Manager

Melissa is a musician/singer/actor/playwright/director that studied at Rocky Mountain College Music department, The Company of Rogues Actor’s Studio, Second City in Toronto, Banff Centre For The Arts and The Boston Conservatory at Berklee. During that time, she’s helped start up four new theatre companies, performed six shows with Jubilations Dinner Theatre, composed music for nine original musicals, wrote and performed original shows for Fringe Festivals and is internationally toured singing and acting. She’d like to say a big Thank You to her wonderful husband, and creative partner Trevor, for always being so supportive.

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Welshtyn Heglund
House Technician

 

Hailing from southwestern Saskatchewan, Welshtyn moved to Calgary in 2009 to pursue a career in Audio Engineering. After studying at Calgary’s own Academy of Production and Recording Arts, he somehow convinced Jubilations to hire a farm boy as a House Technician in late 2010. 10 years, 50 shows, and over 2000 individual performances later, he formally invites you to step into a different dimension. Leave your worries at the door and be immersed in a whirlwind of colourful characters, nostalgic numbers, and revitalizing victuals. He pines not for the spotlight but is content to cast them on the skilled performers that take the stage. Sit back, relax, and permit him to perk your ears with a sonic solution that will get your tail shaking, your toes tapping, and your paws clapping!

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Adam Schermbrucker
Floor Manager

Adam started working at Jubilations Dinner Theatre as a member of the additional cast in February of 2014, during The Big Boom Theory 2. Since then, he has played numerous characters, had a lot of laughs, and made Jubilations his home away from home. Maybe you remember his as the storm-trooper ‘Gary,’ from Star Warz- A Galactic Rock Comedy. Adam loves coming to work every day and making people smile. He has been the Floor Manager since October, and is excited to grow into this new role.

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Nate Woodward
Stage Manager

Nate is super excited to once again be a part of the Jubilations family. After performing for 14 years on the Jubilations main stage, Nate took time off to pursue a career in massage therapy. Nate just can’t stay away from theatre for too long though and has returned, but this time behind the scenes. Working as stage manager with amazingly talented actors, directors, set creators, and the whole management team is a dream come true. Outside of the theatre, Nate lives on a beautiful farm with beautiful dogs, beautiful cats and his beautiful soul mate. Get ready to join in the magic and be part of the family too as our audience.

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Lewis McCallum
House Technician

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