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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 VISIONARY


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Janet Cunningham
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Janet was raised in Flin Flon, Manitoba, the eldest of seven children. She spent 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. Janet and her husband Ken have two grown children and four grandchildren who are all now young adults.

During the tumultuous year of 2020 Janet decided to bow out of WOW Hospitality Concepts while in turn, Doug Stephen decided to move on from the dinner theatre business. This led to an amicable deal which gave Janet sole interest in the Jubilations Dinner Theatres in Calgary and Edmonton, as well as Celebrations Dinner Theatre in Winnipeg and Aussie Rules Piano Bar in Calgary. These businesses are now operated by her as part of her newly formed company Act Three Entertainment Inc.

PRINCIPLES

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Bob Cunningham
President/Artistic Director

In 1992 Bob was performing at a small local dinner theatre in Winnipeg that was on the verge of shutting its doors for good when he had the fortuitous idea to contact his mother, who had spent many years in the restaurant business, to see of she knew anyone who might be interested in this intriguing interactive dinner theatre concept. Much to the delighted surprise of Bob and all the other actors in the show whose bags were half packed, she did indeed know just such a person and Doug Stephen was his name. Doug and Bob’s mother, Janet Cunningham, stepped up and voila… 30 years later Celebrations Dinner Theatre in Winnipeg, along with Jubilations Dinner Theatre in Edmonton and Calgary are alive and kicking.

Bob is very proud to still be part of this family business all these years later. Doug Stephen moved on from the dinner theatre business in 2020, and Janet became the sole owner. Under the banner of the newly formed company Act Three Entertainment, the three dinner theatres and Aussie Rules Piano Bar remain staples of their communities and a testament to the fact that there is still a place in todays world for small/medium family owned businesses. Bob’s mother Janet Cunningham is mostly retired now, but as company president Bob continues to work closely with her to try and maintain her core values and original vision for the theatres, while also instilling some fresh ideas and innovations.

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Syreeta Bennie
Vice President

Syreeta started with WOW Hospitality in 1995 as a performer doing several shows until moving to NYC for ten years to pursue her acting career. After moving back from NYC and touring Canada as a performer, she settled down roots in Calgary. Syreeta wanted to come back to the company she knew and loved. In 2008 Syreeta became the Theatre Operations Manager and climbed the ladder over the years to General Manager.

In 2020 when Act Three was established, Syreeta was promoted to Vice President of the Dinner Theatres and Aussie Rules Piano Bar. She is thrilled to still be a part of such a creative and inspiring team and excited to take this next journey.
“Thank you so much for supporting live theatre and allowing so many of us to live our dream; it means more than you know.”

WHO LEADS THE TEAM


CALGARY

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Terri Gardiner
General Manager

Terri was born in Lahr, Germany to a military family before moving to Ottawa, and finally Lethbridge where she grew up.

Starting out in the restaurant industry as a dishwasher at the age of 12 for a family-run, authentic, scratch kitchen, Terri’s passion for “real food” blossomed, leading her to become a Chef. As a child, her family didn’t go “out of the box” much, so the discovery of new techniques, culinary styles, and flavours was an inspiration to learn more.

Over 15 years in the Alberta restaurant industry, Terri worked in restaurants such as Avenue Diner and Brewsters, moving quickly up the ranks, finally obtaining the coveted Red Seal designation in 2002.

Terri started at Jubilations Calgary in February 2011 and says that the first time she walked through the doors there was an energy that she couldn’t describe. Jubilations has been lucky to have her as their Executive Chef until recently, when she took on the role of General Manager. With her vast restaurant experience along with having completed the Hotel and Restaurant Management course, she is sure to conquer the new challenges and experiences that will come her way.

Terri lives with her amazing husband, Patrick, and wonderful children Jordan and Isaac.

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Zander Swanson
Executive Chef

Zander Swanson is the Executive 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!

EDMONTON

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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


CALGARY

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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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Munsi Parker-Munroe
Stage Manager

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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!

EDMONTON

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Nicolette Guzmán
Floor Manager

Nicolette started her Jubilations journey back in October of 2015 with Star Warz. You may have had the experience of being served by her for our main stage shows, as well as Jubilations Junior productions. She is excited to ensure our guests leave with a memorable experience and can’t wait to welcome them back.

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Kayla Turnbull
Stage Manager

Kayla (she/they) is a newcomer here at Jubilations, and has loved being a part of such a fast-paced and jubilant (ha-ha, get it?) environment. Originally a performer and playwright, taking on stage management has been a learning curve for them, but every day they grow more confident in their position. Kayla is a graduate of the B.F.A. dramatic arts performance program at the University of Lethbridge, and is currently a mentee through the APN Playwriting Mentorship Program. Kayla’s original play, Youngblood, will be performed at the Edmonton Fringe this August! Outside of their professional life, Kayla is a cat-parent to her two sweet fur babies, Frodo and Arya!

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Lewis McCallum
House Technician

Lewis joined the Jubilations family in 2017 as back-up technician, and helped operate the Junior shows until 2018 when he joined the additional cast. During that time, he helped bring smiles to peoples faces and delicious food to their tables. Then in February of 2020, he moved up to the House Technician position, and has loved bringing people the best show he can since.