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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, 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.

PRINCIPLES

CALGARY

EDMONTON

WHO LEADS THE TEAM


CALGARY

Terri Gardiner
General Manager

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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!

Chris Munroe

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.