A Country Star Is Born

Ellie works at the Wildcat Saloon. She is a young and talented country singer with a gift for writing amazing country music. After years of trying though, Ellie is almost ready to give up on her dreams. That is when fate steps in. Actually… that is when Garth steps in. Garth Jackson is a country legend with the most hit records of any recording artist in history. He has everything a person could ever want, fame fortune and legions of fans. Fortunately, for Ellie, he also has a tour bus that broke down right outside the bar!
Jubilations Dinner Theatre presents the rootin’ tootin’, down home country music parody… A Country Star is Born!

How The Night Unfolds

Dinner Theatre Menu

Jubilations Menu is Carefully Prepared by Our Team of Chefs

Starters

I Fall To Pieces

Yellow split pea soup finished with crispy ham.

Boot Scootin' Greens

Crisp romaine lettuce with bocconcini, almonds and fresh tomatoes. Accompanied by a pesto balsamic vinaigrette.

Desserts

I Like It!

Chocolate ganache layered cake

I Love It!!

Apple brown betty drizzled in caramel.

Entrees

Baton Rouge Beef

Choice AAA thinly sliced Alberta Roast Beef cooked to medium and perfected with our own mouth-watering pan-jus. Accompanied by Yukon Gold roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables.
Recommended Pairing: Lindeman's Bin 50 Shiraz 6oz $7.65 / 9oz $9.55 / Bottle $26.65

Shake It Shrimp

Breaded butterflied shrimp fried golden and served with cocktail sauce, rice pilaf, and seasonal vegetables.
Recommended Pairing: Invivo Sauvignon Blanc 6oz $9.95 / 9oz $11.95 / Bottle $33.35

Dixie Chicken

Oven roasted BBQ chicken garnished with crispy fried onions. Accompanied by Yukon Gold roasted potaoes and seasonal vegetables.
Recommended Pairing: Matua 'Hawkes Bay' Pinot Noir 6oz $9.95 / 9oz $11.95 / Bottle $33.35

The Way You Love Meatloaf

Country style vegetarian meatloaf (Beyond Meat substitue), finished with vegetarian mushroom gravy. Accompanied by Yukon Gold roasted potatoes and seasonal vegetables
Recommended Pairing: Murphy Goode Cabernet Sauvignon 6oz $9.95 / 9oz $11.95 / Bottle $33.35

Country Style Ribs

*available at a supplemental charge of $5.00* Tender Pork Back Ribs slow roasted with our own spice blend and finished with a sweet Memphis style BBQ sauce served with "Mexican Street" corn, classic baked beans and Yukon Gold roasted potatoes.
Recommended Pairing: Fitzsimmon's East Lake Amber 473ml Tall Boy Can $8.55

* 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.

*Please notify box office if there are any allergies or you require a special meal*

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

DIRECTOR / WRITER NOTES

Kayla Craig - Co-Writer

One of the first shows I ever saw at Jubilations Dinner Theatre was Ghostbusted. The heart and humour of Bob’s writing was infectious. Getting to work with him and this company years later would have earned a high five from teenage me. I’d like to thank my brother Ty for his vast Country song knowledge and my mom for taking her sweet time in remembering the name of that singer she once saw at a concert (Spoiler alert: It was Garth Brooks).

Enjoy the show!

Bob Cunningham - Director/Artistic Director/Co-Writer

Well how ya’ll doin’ tonight? Welcome to the Wildcat Saloon!

Okay… so you’ve figured out that you aren’t really in Texas at a dusty old saloon. However, we plan to make you feel like that is exactly where you are all night. Our comedy spoof of the mega hit movie A Star is Born is intended get you laughin’, toe tappin’ and singin’ along to the Country hits. I had the great pleasure to work with a writer who is new to our Jubilations Dinner Theatre main stage productions. Kayla Craig is an amazingly talented local Alberta writer who I hope to get to work with again before too long. Our goal in writing this show together, and for me while directing, was to parody this iconic music story in a way that captured all the fun, without ever taking things too seriously. I think we pulled it off quite nicely and I hope you will too. So get yer boots ready for two steppin’ and bull riding ‘cause this here Country party starts now!

Cheers Ya’ll

PRODUCTION CREDITS
Co-Writers
Kayla Craig & Bob Cunningham
Director
Bob Cunningham
Artistic Director
Bob Cunningham
Music Producer
WAMARH Music
Music Director
Kathy Zaborsky
Choreographer
Gillian Moon
Rehearsal Stage Manager
Matt McMillan
Sound/Light Design
Randy Hadubiak
Sound/Light Assistant
Gail Ksionzyk
Set Design
Jaimie Cooney
Mural Design
Genevieve Levasseur
Scene Painters
Jaimie Cooney, Karen Turnbull, Genevieve Levasseur, Brad Friese, Casey Richards & Gillian Moon
Shop Carpenter
Brad Friese
Costume Design
Tawni Barton
Cast Photographer
Benjamin Laird

Cast Bios

Andrew Wade, J.R.

This is Andrew Wade’s second opportunity to perform with Jubilations, after recently being seen as Richie Cunningham in Buddy Holly’s Happy Days. An award-winning actor, playwright, and stage manager based out of Vancouver, Wade is a graduate from the University of Victoria, and is best known for writing and performing original works in twenty-three festivals across the country. His own shows include a 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 cocreation, TITUS! The Light and Delightful Musical Comedy of Titus Andronicus (Pick of the Fringe! - 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival). Thank you for welcoming this city slicker to Cowtown!

Kelly Benzing, Ellie

Kelly is thrilled to be performing for you all here tonight. Born and raised in Winnipeg, Kelly started taking classical singing lessons at the age of five. You may recognize Kelly from some of her previous shows; Pirates of the North
Saskatchewan III, Hey! Pretty Woman, Downton Abbey Road, Star Warz 2: The Farce Strikes Back, Jail House Rock, and most recently Mamma Mio: Here We Go Again. Kelly would like to thank Bob, Matt, Welshtyn, the production crew, the adcast, and her AMAZING cast mates. A big thank you goes out to Kelly’s friends and family. Now get ready for a boot scootin’ time at the Wildcat Saloon.

Ian Samuel, Garth

Hey guys and gals, it’s hard to describe how happy I am to be back at Jubilations playing a country star! You may remember me from the infamous British Invasion, or the angelic Rock and Roll Heaven. If not, buckle up
to remember the great Garth Jackson! When I’m not on this stage, I’m performing on stages across Alberta with my band Hungry Hollow check us out wherever you stream music. Huge thanks to Bob Cunningham for the opportunity to explore my passion, my mom, the cats and my beautiful wife, Julie. Rock on!

Miranda Niehaus, Dixie

Hey y’all! Nice seeing you here! I’m thrilled to be back for my third show with Jubilations! You may remember me as Ray in Star Warz –The Farce Strikes Back and as Piper in Orange is the New Pink. Other credits include Oliver!
(Fagan’s Gang), CATS (Macavity/Plato) and West Side Story (Anybody’s). This time around, I am excited to bring out my country roots and get your boots stompin’ and toes tappin’ to some unforgettable country tunes! Now raise your glass of Jack and let’s get this party started!!

Ken Auzin, Harley

Howdy everybody! Have you seen this guy before? The oddball who usually has a goofy smile on his face. Well that’s Ken. He was born and raised in Edmonton, AB and he has loved entertaining people since he was a wee little lad. He gained his love of theatre surprisingly from Vancouver Film school where he graduated in 2013. After coming back to AB he is now happy to join Jubilations Dinner Theatre in his first show with the company. He gives thanks to the cast, crew, writers and entire Jubilations team for this experience. Now get ready to have a Rootin’ tootin’, boot scootin’ good time!

Rachel Matichuk, Maisy

Rachel Matichuk is an Edmonton based actor. She recently graduated from Macewan University’s Theatre Arts program. Credits include Onwards and Upwards (Fort Steele Heritage Town), Urinetown (Grindstone Theatre), Into the Woods, Footloose, The Drowsy Chaperone (Macewan University). When not in rehearsal or performances, Rachel dabbles in other various forms of art such as photography, sculpting, and writing. She is very thrilled to be a part of this production and hopes you enjoy it just as much as she does!

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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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