Back to the 80s: A Most Excellent Musical Adventure

November 10, 2015 - January 31, 2016

The Heat is On at the Mayfield once again this holiday season as we present to you our annual and ever popular rock ‘n roll revue. This year we invite you to take a Quantum Leap as we blast back to the 80’s! Amongst all the bad movies, hairdos, fads and faux pas of this much maligned decade some of the greatest pop tunes of all time were realized! From Phil Collins to Hall & Oats, Madonna to Bon Jovi, there is so much material here to celebrate and spoof, you may have to come back a second time to see what you’ve missed! This show features a stellar cast of amazing singers and brilliant performers – some who you will recognize from previous shows, along with some new faces. So jump into the DeLorean and head back to the 80’s for this most excellent musical adventure!!

Written and Compiled By Will Marks

Meet The Cast

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Van Wilmott

Artistic / Musical Director

Welcome to the Mayfield Dinner Theatre and to Back to the 80’s: A Most Excellent Musical Adventure. If you are new to the theatre, we hope you have an amazing time and if you’ve been with us before, we are thrilled to have you back! As the name suggests, we will indeed find ourselves blasting back 30 odd years to revisit this weird and wacky decade. This is a show that we’ve wanted to do for many years now and finally have thrown caution to the wind, and are diving into an entire evening of the 80’s. It was an amazing decade of pop culture with more than it’s fair share of fashion faux pas! The music of the 80’s is some of the greatest and weirdest ever recorded and it’s been a blast trying to recreate it for you. There was so much great material to work with and we have assembled an awesome gaggle of talent to bring this show to life. The “X-mas show”, as we call it, is always a great time at the Mayfield and in turn provides a challenge for us to make it as popular as the year before. This year’s assault on the 80’s should guarantee to put a smile on your face and keep your toes tapping. Enjoy!

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Jim Guedo

Staging / Set Designer

Recent musicals: Folkswaggin’ for the Mayfield Dinner Theatre, Big Fish, Catch Me If You Can, Carrie: the Musical, Young Frankenstein and The Musical of Musicals: the Musical! for MacEwan University. Favorites include Sondheim’s Assassins, Into the Woods, Merrily We Roll Along, Sweeney Todd, A Little Night Music and Company; Nine, Spring Awakening, Xanadu, Cowgirls and Oil City Symphony. Recent Theatre credits: Coriolanus and King Lear for the FreeWill Shakespeare Festival; Venus in Fur, and Joni Mitchell’s Songs of a Prairie Girl. His indie company Wild Side Productions has produced Sarah Ruhl’s Passion Play, The Pillowman, Fat Pig and I Licked A Slag’s Deodorant. He’s won six Sterling Awards for Direction, was nominated for the Siminovitch Prize in Theatre, and a Dora Award for Oleanna. This upcoming season he will be producing Will Eno’s The Realistic Joneses in the Theatre Network Roxy Series.

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Christine Bandelow

Choreographer / Ensemble / Dance Captain

Christine last appeared on the Mayfield stage as a dancing gorilla and Frenchie in Cabaret. Other Mayfield productions include Top of The Pops, Chicago, 9 to 5, The Wedding Singer, Dirty Rotten Scoundrels, Hair, Gypsy, The British Invasion, Rockin’ Vegas, and Jesus Christ Superstar. Other favorite performing credits include Rent (Mirvish and US National Tour), Oliver, West Side Story and Cabaret (Citadel Theatre), Jesus Christ Superstar and Victor, Victoria! (Stage West Calgary), The Merry Widow (Opera Ontario), Damn Yankees (Drayton Festival) and Featherland (One Yellow Rabbit). Choreography credits include One Man, Two Guvnors (Citadel Theatre), It’s A Bird! It’s A Plane!I t’s Superman! (Plain Jane Theatre), Hello…hello (Kill Your Televison), I Love You, You’re Perfect, Now Change (Neptune Theatre), Rent (Montreal, Mexico City and Barcelona) as well as seventeen productions here at the Mayfield. Thanks for supporting live theatre in Canada and thanks to my amazing family and friends for supporting me.

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Michael Culp

Ensemble

Michael is thrilled to be back at the Mayfield! He was previously seen here in 9 to 5 as Bob Enright, and The Buddy Holly Story as Ritchie Valens. Other credits include: In The Heights (Arts Club), Spamalot (Arts Club), Floyd Collins (Patrick Street Productions), Altar Boyz (Arts Club), Cats (Theatre Calgary), and West Side Story (Vancouver Opera and Neptune Theatre). As a child of the 80’s, Michael is excited to celebrate its music. He’d like to thank his loving wife for her support. Enjoy the show!

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Gerrad Everard

Ensemble

Gerrad is thrilled to be returning to the Mayfield with such a great cast and crew! Selected Theatre: Hair, Buddy Holly Story, Rocky Horror Picture Show, British Invasion I and II, Twist and Shout, Legends of RnR, Super Groovy 70’s, Anne of Green Gables, The Wedding Singer, Smokey Joe’s Cafe, Canadian Legends, History of RnR, and Disco Cirque. Selected Film and Tv: Paranormal Witness, Close Encounters, Chocolate Confidential, Doodlebops. Gerrad lives in Stratford, ON but originally hails from a family farm near Wawanesa, MB. Please meet and pick up a copy of his album R0K 2G0 in the lobby after the show or for more info on Gerrad please visit www.gerradeverard.com. His album is dedicated to Canadian artists and farmers, please support them both; Farmers feed cities, they matter. Love to his girls and Happy Holidays to all, ox

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Pamela Gordon

Ensemble

Mayfield Theatre: Cabaret, Top of the Pops: A British Rock Invasion, History of Rock ‘n Roll: Stars & Stripes, Chicago, The British Invasion, Rockin’ Vegas, Country, Rock and a Whole Lotta Soul, 2000 – A Rock and Roll Odyssey, Poodle Skirts to Platform Shoes, Singin’ in the Rain, Guys and Dolls, Rock and Roll Reunion and Hair. Other Theatre: Rainbow Stage: Les Miserables; Citadel Theatre; Oliver, West Side Story, Grease, Cabaret, Little Shop of Horrors; Theatre Aquarius; Legally Blonde, Top of the Pops; Neptune Theatre; CATS, The Rocky Horror Show, Cabaret; Theatre Calgary; West Side Story; Jubilations Dinner Theatre; Pirates of the North Saskatchewan III; Norwegian Cruise Lines. Film/T.V.: Halo (2005 release), voice work for the X-box video game Jade Empire. Et Cetera: Pamela is a Sterling award nominee and recipient. Pamela would like to dedicate these performances to her husband and co-worker Brad, and to her very supportive group of friends and family. Have a great time tonight and enjoy the show!!!

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Tara Jackson

Ensemble

Born and raised in Calgary, Tara began singing at the age of three and has had a passion for it ever since. An honours graduate of Berklee College Of Music, she has filled her past few years with performances at theaters across Western Canada including here at the Mayfield and is thrilled to be back for the second time. Much love to Steven, Mom, Dad, and Peatree. Enjoy the show everyone!

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Kieran Martin Murphy

Ensemble

Back to the Future? More like blasts from my past! This is the music of my teens so the memories come flashing back in waves and most of them good memories full of friends and laughter. Hope they bring back some good ones for you…enjoy! Selected Credits: Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, The Buddy Holly Story (Arts Club), King Arthur in Spamalot, All Shook Up, JC Superstar (Stage West), CATS (Theatre Calgary), The Full Monty, Evita, The Wizard of Oz, The British Invasion (Mayfield), The Pavilion (Shadow), Oliver! (Citadel). Listen for Martin on the upcoming season of CBC’s Irrelevant show and look for him on iTunes, especially for the single “Ben Mulroney”. Also, keep your eyes open for a possible return of The PreTenors this spring. I’ll be in the lobby after the show…come say hello.

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Roman Pfob

Ensemble

Roman is delighted to be a part of this Mayfield production with this talented bunch! Roman’s theatre credits include Hamlet; Richard III; Homeward Bound; A Christmas Carol (6 times!); Sweeney Todd – the Demon Barber of Fleet Street; and The Sound of Music for the Citadel; The Stone Angel, Young Art and Your Wildest Dreams for Theatre Network and Race for Theatre Yes!. His favourite Mayfield credits include: two productions of Dark Star – the Life and Times of Roy Orbison (as Roy Orbison); The British Invasion; Forever Plaid; Peace. Love, and Rock’n’roll; and Nashville Outlaws (as Johnny Cash). Roman can be seen later this season in West Side Story for the Citadel.

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Melanie Piatocha

Ensemble

Melanie is Straight Up excited to be back at the Mayfield cuttin’ Footloose with friends! After all Girls Just Wanna Have Fun! Favourites at the Mayfield include: Texas in Cabaret, Penny in Hairspray, Buddy: The Buddy Holly Story, The Wedding Singer, The Golden Age of Rock, Pop & Doo Wop, and The Golden Age Rocks On. Elsewhere: Cindy Lou in The Marvelous Wonderettes (Stage West); Emmy in Jailbait and Victoria in Victoria Martin: Math Team Queen, The Oedipus Project (Northern Light Theatre); Julia in Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Winter’s Tale, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, The Tempest (Freewill Shakespeare Festival); The Innocence and The Porterettes in: Find Me A Primitive Man (Leave It To Jane); Alice in Drat The Cat! and Little Fish (Plain Jane); and Les Feux Follets (The Charlottetown Festival). Later this season you can see Melanie playing the role of ‘Anybody’s’ in the Citadel Theatre’s production of West Side Story.

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Brad Wiebe

Ensemble

Brad is excited to be returning to the 80’s and to the Mayfield for what should be an incredible journey this Christmas season! It’s been a terrific year so far with moving into a new home with his beautiful wife Pamela, completing 2 solo CD projects and playing Darth Vader!! in StarWarz(Celebrations/Winnipeg). Recently Brad was seen here at the Mayfield as Max and a Kit Kat Boy in the Mayfield’s production of Cabaret. Other select Mayfield credits include the Top of the Pops: A British Rock Invasion and History of Rock n Roll: Stars and Stripes. Hope you enjoy the ride this evening and look forward to saying hi to you after the show, Merry Christmas everyone!

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Steve Hoy

Drums

One of the most respected and in-demand drummers in Western Canada, Stephen performs and records with numerous national and international artists. Known for his versatility and keen musicianship, Stephen is looking forward to performing again with the Mayfield Dinner Theatre.

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Paul Lamoureux

Reeds / Keyboards

Multi-instrumentalist Paul Lamoureux was born here in Edmonton. He holds both Bachelor’s and Master’s Degrees in music from North Texas State University, and a diploma in Performing Arts from Grant MacEwan College. In 2009, Paul performed with Cirque du Soleil in Las Vegas (“O” at the Bellagio), and the Tommy Banks Band. Mayfield Dinner Theatre productions include Hair, Jesus Christ Superstar, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The Full Monty, The Wedding Singer, 9 to 5: The Musical, Hairspray, Folkswaggin’ and Cabaret. He has backed up Robert Goulet, Mickey Rooney, Red Skelton, and toured with Grammy-nominated Christian rock acts Degarmo and Key and DC Talk. Fluently bilingual, Paul was Musical Director of CBC French radio’s Gala Albertain de la Chanson for 8 years and was Musical Director for Theatre Francais de Toronto’s musical retrospective “Et si on chantait…” in 2008. Paul has recorded 4 CDs of his own pop/jazz music on his own label. When not working in theatre, Paul travels the world as a musician with various cruise lines, playing saxophone, woodwinds, piano, and piano/vocal. Paul enjoys performing for Seniors as “Lam-Chops”.

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Lisa MacDougall

Assistant Musical Director / Keyboards / Vocals

Lisa is happy to be back in Edmonton for Back to the 80’s. Lisa’s music has taken her around the world with such greats as Rita MacNeil, Roger Whittaker, and Molly Johnson, to name a few. For 4 seasons Lisa was music director of Anne & Gilbert in Charlottetown, PEI. Other theatre credits include Le Cage Aux Folles, Elf, Legally Blonde, Jesus Christ Superstar, Buddy – The Buddy Holly Story, Flying On Her Own, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, The Rocky Horror Show, Cats, Annie, Chicago, The Sound of Music, Evita, Oliver, Beauty and the Beast and most recently Mary Poppins (Neptune Theatre, Halifax); Nashville Icons, Super Groovy 70′s parts 1 & 2, A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, History of Rock ‘n Roll, Folkswaggin’: Music of the People, Top of the Pops, Cabaret and Dark Star (Mayfield Dinner Theatre). Enjoy the show!

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Derek Stremel

Bass

Derek grew up in a musical family and learned piano from his mother and fiddle, mandolin and guitar from his father. He studied bass and banjo on his own and started gigging in venues as a bassist with his father before he had a driver’s license. He moved to Alberta after high school leaving his Manitoba farming roots behind and began a musical career primarily playing the electric bass. He wanted to learn ‘what those smart guys knew’ so he enrolled in the GMCC Jazz program in 1990 and learned to read the ‘little black dots’. For more than a decade and a half now he has been employed at the Mayfield Dinner Theatre playing musical revues and Broadway musicals. He also has a home studio where he teaches, writes, records and produces and plays many of the instruments on the recording; yada, yada, yada, blah, blah, blah…boring but true, riiiiiight? He’s gonna love regurgitating the music of the 80’s and is grateful to play this show and work with a bunch of friends, old and new. He dedicates this show and it’s funds to his girls Pam, Emily and Ashley. Derek is always delighted by the opportunity to write about himself in the third person!

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Harley Symington

Guitar / Vocals / Head of Audio

So, after 10 weeks of playing guitar and frying eggs for Roy Orbison time moves on – and yet somehow back – to the 80‘s. Last season at the Mayfield, Harley played for both Folkswaggin’ – Music of The People and Top Of The Pops – A British Rock Invasion. He was also the live sound engineer for Cabaret and continues to work as Head of Audio for the theatre. Past Mayfield highlights as guitarist/performer include Four Lads Who Shook The World – The Beatles Story Parts 1 and 2 (as George Harrison), The Super Groovy 70’s, and Jesus Christ Superstar back in the 90’s. He has toured extensively with artists of many different genres, including stops at events such as Lilith Fair and major jazz festivals. Outside of the theatre he plays and sings with his own group in support of his debut jazz/blues CD, entitled “Don’t Talk”. He also holds a diploma with honors from the Computer Systems Technology program at NAIT.

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