Cast & Crew
A shareholder’s meeting for a Mom and Dad owned Pop Shoppe, all too relatable family drama, a love triangle, and a few other surprises along the way is all set to the music of Canadian artists in Grafton Street Dinner Theatre’s latest installment, Ahead By A Century. Ed and Jenna laughed out loud many times while writing this script, but even more so as they watched their characters come to life on stage while directing such a hardworking and talented cast. Narrowing down a song list proved challenging for our writers with so many amazing Canadian artists, but with the music left in the hands of oh-so-talented and seasoned musical director Jeff Gay, a collection of all Canadian crowd-pleasing tunes was produced to perfection. Rounding out our creative team is the lovely Kelsey Stanger who designed our beautiful set and costumes, which truly made the characters come to life. A big thank you to Steve McMullin and Samantha Murray for all their hard work behind the scenes. Cheers, and enjoy the show, eh?!
Ed and Jenna Kennedy (Writers/Directors)
Jeff Gay (Musical Director)
Kelsey Stanger (Costume & set design)
Ed and Jenna Kennedy have been writing, producing, directing and performing in their dinner theatre at the Rodd Grand Hotel in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia since 2006. Their company Kennedy Entertainment has produced shows to sold-out audiences throughout the Maritimes for over a decade. You may have caught their most recent productions last season at Grafton Street Dinner Theatre: Off The Wall (2016) and Home For The Holidays (2016). Ed’s favourite roles include Big Tony in Married To The Mob (2009), Blaze MacDonald in Stayin’ Alive (2010) and Barry Shondell in Aloha, Christmas! (2015). Jenna’s include Trixie LaRue in Married To The Mob (2009), Theresa MacDonald in Stayin’ Alive (2010) and Chiquita in Aloha, Christmas! (2015). Ed and Jenna have been on hiatus from performing this year as they work on their latest and most important project to date, Vivian Kennedy. Vivian is supported by ensemble cast Mommy, Daddy, and big brothers Ryan (fl esh) and Parker (fur). From Ed proposing to Jenna during their show Cuts Like A Knife (2011) to Vivian making her dinner theatre debut (in Mommy’s belly) during Aloha, Christmas! (2015), the stage has always been home for The Kennedys and where they’ve shared so many special memories. Their other professional lives include Ed working as a music teacher and Jenna as a school counselor. Enjoy the show!
Jeff Gay is a singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from Cole Harbour, Nova Scotia. Jeff began his musical career as a boy soprano and sang at an early age with the Nova Scotia Symphony Orchestra in his role as understudy in their production of Amahl and the Night Visitors. He studied music at Saint Francis Xavier University, and completed a BA at Saint Mary’s University while also appearing in Grafton Street Dinner Theatre shows from 2000 to 2005. Jeff’s session and live work have included appearances with Christina Martin, Laura Merrimen, Quiet Parade, Norma MacDonald, and many others. His 2017 album, Cuban Rum, is available for download from hungryrecords.ca
Amanda is very excited to be in her fifth show at GSDT (Fresh off the stage as Karla in Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow? as well as Anni in Take A Chance On Me and understudying in Off The Wall and Home For The Holidays). 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).
Julia is excited to be back for her third show at Grafton Street Dinner Theatre. Julia is currently entering her third year at Dalhousie’s Fountain School of Performing Arts as a combined honors student in music and theatre. Since her GSDT debut as Anna Donegal in Someone Wake Paddy O’Brien! Julia has performed in FSPA’s production of Mozart’s The Magic Flute as the Queen of the Night. She has also appeared in other musical productions such as Anne and Gilbert (The Guild, Charlottetown PE), The Drowsy Chaperone (King’s Playhouse, Georgetown PE), and The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (‘Marcy’ Dalhousie Theatre Society). Julia thanks you for supporting live theatre, and hopes you enjoy the show! “
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? 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 lead him to the Vocal Performance program at Acadia University. There, Chris studied Classical/ Operatic 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.
Danielle is happy to make her Grafton Street Dinner Theatre debut in Ahead by a Century. She is a graduate from Holland College Musical Theatre Program 2017 and has been in productions from a very young age. Music and theatre are her two passions. She has been in productions such as Leading Ladies (Ken Ludwig), The Last Resort (Norm Foster), A Murder Is Announced (Agatha Christie) and many others over the years. Danielle is eager to perform for you this evening. Thank you for coming out tonight and enjoy the show!!
Ashley is very excited to make her Halifax performing debut here at The Grafton Street Dinner Theatre. Mainly raised in The Annapolis Valley, Ashley is going into her third year at Acadia University where she studies Theatre. Her most recent roles include: Holly in Anton in Show Business, Head Nun in The House of Blue Leaves, and Nora in Brighton Beach Memoirs. Thanks to her father, she has always been surrounded by music. Since Ashley was a child, her and her father have written songs and created music together. He is the one who sparked her love for performing and has always supported her artistic aspirations in life. Ashley is thrilled to combine her love for music and acting together in the show Ahead By A Century. She will be forever grateful for the love and support from her friends and family.
Recently Tyler had the pleasure of being a part of Heathers: The Musical as Kurt/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 was also the choreographer. He recently choreographed Dartmouth High School’s 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.