Cast & Crew
Amy and Jordan wrote Viva Las Vegas because they thought it would be a fun thing to do—and it was. Entirely written in Dawson City, Yukon, where they were both performing in a cabaret show for the summer, these two crazy Maritimers made each other laugh every day while dreaming up these characters. They hope you laugh as much as they did. Amy would like to thank Jordan for always making what she comes up with sound better. Jordan would like to thank Amy for hearing out his ideas, no matter how weird. Amy and Jordan both wish you a Merry Christmas and hope you enjoy the show!
Amy Soloway & Jordan Ginn (Writers)
James Omand (Sound Technician)
Classically trained in percussion, Stephen Gallant has been musically directing and performing in shows across Canada and in the U.S. He is entering his fifth year as musical director for Dynamite Stage Productions/ Diamond Tooth Gertie's in Dawson City, Yukon, and was the musical director for GSDT's Not So Silent Night and Take A Chance On Me. A multi-instrumentalist, Stephen sings, plays piano, drums, guitar, bass, and percussion. Originally from Cape Breton, Stephen now splits his time between Nova Scotia and the Yukon. A huge thank you to the cast and creative team for making his job a joy, and his family for their support. He is happy to be joining the GSDT team once again, and is excited to help the cast bring some Christmas cheer to all of you!
Amy is thrilled to be returning to GSDT for her seventeenth show here. You may remember her most recently as Chiquita in last Christmas' Home For The Holidays. Amy has over twenty-five years of professional experience, and has entertained audiences all over the globe. Nova Scotia born and bred, Amy hails from a wonderfully wacky Ukrainian family. She has honed her vocal talents in many recording studios and countless live performances, both as a lead performer and as a supporting one. After years of living in Toronto, Amy returned home and quickly became part of the local music and theatre scene. However, it wasn't long before travel came calling again, and she accepted the lead role as Diamond Tooth Gertie in Dawson City, Yukon. She has been happily playing "Gertie" for the past nine summers.
Born in Newfoundland and raised in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Jordan Ginn is happy to make his third GSDT appearance in a show he had the privilege to co-write, Viva Las Vegas. You may have seen him as geeky computer programmer Martin Shift in Off the Wall and as cheesy ladies' man Randal Pears in Take A Chance On Me. Always a singer-songwriter before anything else, Jordan began his work in the Halifax music scene as a teenager busking on the waterfront. Through his university years, Jordan performed with his band in bars throughout the city. Most recently, through the summer of 2017, Jordan performed as lead male singer at Diamond Tooth Gertie's Gambling Hall in Dawson City, Yukon, in its nightly cabaret show.
Amanda is very excited to finish her season at GSDT playing Marjorie in Viva Las Vegas (Fresh off the stage as Bridget in Ahead By A Century, Karla in Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? as well as Anni in Take A Chance On Me). Born and raised in PEI, Amanda graduated from the Musical Theatre Performance program at St Clair College in Windsor, Ontario in 2015. Her favorite past credits include The Rocky Horror Show (Rocky/Rolling Bold Productions), The Night Of the Burning Pestle (Tim/The Villian's Theatre), The Little Mermaid (Ursula/QAAW), and The Drowsy Chaperone (Mrs. Tottendale/ The King's Players). Past directing credits include An Evening Of Ives (Featured Director), as well as Assistant Director for Stag and Doe (Neptune Theatre) and Working: The Musical (St. Clair College).
Becca Guilderson is excited to appear in her fourteenth production at GSDT. She has had the joy of playing many delightful characters like Snow White in Once Upon A Crime, Katherine in Someone Wake Paddy O'Brien, Janis in Off The Wall and as Helen in Home For The Holidays. You may have caught her as Anne in Anne & Gilbert with Stage Prophets, Marion in The Music Man with Quick As A Wink Theatre, and Wendla in Side By Side's production of Spring Awakening. Most recently she had the joy of directing and performing as Natalie in Next To Normal with Saints Alive. Becca also spends much of her time teaching Voice and Piano through Long and McQuade in Dartmouth and running her own theatre collective, Side-by-Side productions, with her partners in Halifax!
Chris Bolton is excited to continue performing here at Grafton Street Dinner Theatre following his role as Stuart in Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? As well as Fizz in Ahead by a Century. Raised in The Annapolis valley, Chris has always been active in the arts community singing in choir, performing in community theatre, and being involved in the Music program in school. This passion for music and performance then accompanied him to the Vocal performance program at Acadia University. There Chris studied classicaVoperatic voice, musical theatre, as well as theatre acting. Chris' other roles include: Fred Voss in CBC's Pure, Rapunzel's Prince in Into the Woods, and Chebutykin in Three Sisters.
Back for show number five at the Grafton Street Dinner Theatre, Walter is excited to spread some holiday cheer. Walter most recently performed at GSDT in Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow?, and before that he spent summers performing in the beautiful town of Dawson, YT. There, he performed nightly alongside many talented musicians and dancers in a can-can style show. It has long been a passion of his to work in the entertainment industry, like his late relative Stan Rogers. During his university years, where he completed a Bachelor of Science degree, he performed with a number of local bands on Cape Breton Island, where his hometown Sydney is located. After moving to Halifax, Walter was lucky enough to land a job at the dinner theatre and has fallen in love with the unique blend of service and entertainment. While he is looking to further his education in the health/science field, he is happy to be here doing what he loves; making music. "Happy Holidays to you and yours! I hope you enjoy the show, and have a few good laughs! Don't be afraid to sing along!"
This will be Tyler's second show with the Grafton Street Dinner theatre and he is thrilled to be back! Recently Tyler had the pleasure of being a part of Heathers: The Musical as Kurt Kelly/ Ram's Dad. This was his second show since he's been back in Halifax. You also may have caught him in Spring Awakening back in October where he played Georg and also was the choreographer. He recently choreographed Dartmouth High Schools production of Urinetown this past year. Tyler is a graduate of Acadia University's theatre program where he had the opportunity to play Simon in Scorched by Wajdi Mohamad and The Herald in Marat/ Sade by Peter Weiss. Tyler has taken a few years off to start a teaching career but is happy to have found his way back into the performing arts.