Buddy Holly’s Happy Days

Come back with us to those Happiest of Days… the 1950’s! The gang is all here, Ritchie 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



Tomato bisque garnished with seasoned croutons.


A slight twist on the classic Waldorf salad. A bed of lettuce topped with diced apples, celery and grapes; tossed in mayonnaise dressing.



Silky chocolate pie with a rich, dark chocolate filling; topped with whipped cream and chocolate curls.


Fresh, juicy apples piled into a golden, flaky open-weave pie crust.



A marinated breast of chicken crowned with mushrooms, red peppers, onions and peas in a cream sauce; served with jasmine rice and fresh vegetables.
Recommended Pairing: Wine suggestion: Almodi White Blend (Spain) 5 oz. Glass $9.50 / 8 oz. Glass $14.50 Bottle $46.00


Seafood lasagna roll-up stuffed with a medley of seafood and spinach in a garlic cream sauce.
Recommended Pairing: Wine suggestion: Alpha Zeta Chardonnay (Italy) 5 oz. Glass $9.00/ 8 oz. Glass $14.00 Bottle $44.00


A favourite with our vegan guests; our vegan shepherd’s pie is served with fresh vegetables.
Recommended Pairing: Wine suggestion: Lotus Cabernet Sauvignon (USA) 5 oz. Glass $11.00 / 8 oz. Glass $16.00/ Bottle $52.00


8 oz. Sterling Silver burger on a brioche bun with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomato, onion and mayonnaise; served with fries and a dill pickle spear on the side.


Alberta Roast Beef cooked to medium; served with roasted potatoes and fresh vegetables.
Recommended Pairing: Greyson Cellars Merlot (USA) 5 oz. Glass $10.50 / 8 oz. Glass $15.50 Bottle $50.00

* 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


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
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
Playbill Design by Rage Studios
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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 are arranged by permission of Canadian Actors’ Equity Association under the provisions of the Dance, Opera, Theatre Policy.

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 be an assistant music director, 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!

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!

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 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 co-creation, TITUS! The Light and Delightful Musical Comedy of Titus Andronicus (Pick of the Fringe! - 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival). While he has performed with dozens of companies around BC, he has never had an opportunity quite like Jubilations. Let’s Shake, Rattle, and Roll!

Sydney James, Lou/ Mrs.Cunningham

Sydney James has worked in dinner theatre since she was a bright eyed nineteen year old; and has been forcing reluctant audience members to dance onstage for the past 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.

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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