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Review + Giveaway: Flashdance: An 80s Flashback at Jubilations Dinner Theatre

Jubilations Dinner Theatre Musical Flashdance Explore Edmonton

Have you ever been to a dinner theatre? I hadn’t – until just recently, when the Jubilations Dinner Theatre (in West Edmonton Mall) invited me to come check out dinner and their show.

Jubilations Dinner Theatre Musical Flashdance Explore Edmonton
Jubilations Dinner Theatre located by the bridal shops in West Edmonton Mall.

Jubilations has been part of the Edmonton theatre scene for over 18 years. The shows are meant to be hilarious parodies of popular culture, movies, music, and TV. So immediately, there’s a cheesy factor to them (which is a good – and expected thing!)

The musicals are split into three acts, with a four-course dinner served in between. Shows run Wednesdays through Sundays, and when I went with my friend Vanessa, on a Wednesday, we really weren’t sure what to expect. 

Jubilations Dinner Theatre Musical Flashdance Explore Edmonton
The Jubilations Dinner Theatre is PACKED on a Wednesday night!

Surprising both of us was just how incredibly packed the theatre was for a Wednesday night! Wow.

There must have been around 300 people in the audience that evening – primarily an older demographic, but with a fair bit of kids and teens sprinkled in between (the Jubilations Dinner Theatre obviously makes for a very family-friendly night out!)

Flashdance 80s Flashback
Flashdance: An 80s Flashback is playing at the Jubilations Dinner Theatre from April 7-June 4.

Currently playing at Jubilations Dinner Theatre: Flashdance – An 80s Flashback, a story of a young woman working two jobs as she tries to save up money to go to dance school and fulfill her dream of becoming a professional dancer. It’s based on the 1983 movie of the same name (with similar plot line) and features tons of hit songs from the 80s. (The beauty of these dinner theatre shows is that you’ll likely recognize all the songs they sing!) 

Jubilations Dinner Theatre Musical Flashdance Explore Edmonton
Starter salad!

As soon as you get into the theatre, you’re greeted by servers who are in character. The four-course meal is comprised of a starter salad, soup, entree, and dessert. You get the salad and soup before Act 1, your entree before Act 2, and finally your dessert before Act 3.

The menu items are named very punnily – for example, our starter salad was called It’s Raining Greens – a simple mixed green salad with tomatoes, bocconcini and in-house herb dressing. Our soup was called Dancing in the Leeks – their take on a cream of potato and leek soup. 

Jubilations Dinner Theatre Musical Flashdance Explore Edmonton
Chicken Perm-esan (breaded chicken breast with tomato sauce and melted mozzarella cheese, mashed potatoes and carrots).

My entree: Chicken Perm-esan, breaded chicken breast with tomato sauce and melted mozzarella cheese, mashed potatoes and carrots. Vanessa’s entree: Beef-rageous, Alberta roast beef with mashed potatoes and fresh vegetables. You can also select a Pasta Doble (lol) or a Hokey Pokey Haddock.

Jubilations Dinner Theatre Musical Flashdance Explore Edmonton
Dessert!

Dessert options included the Cranberry Whispers or the Scrunchie Munchy – chocolate mousse cake or buttermilk sponge cake. 

The dinner at Jubilations Dinner Theatre was good but nothing particularly spectacular. It had a ‘Sunday dinner at the in-laws’ quality to it – tasty but comfortable, regular. Which of course, is perfectly fine for Sunday dinner at the in-laws, and I would say, probably fine for this outing – where the show is really the focal point. You’re not coming for a fine dining type of meal, or a hipster type of meal even. It’s just good, regular food. 

What was really impressive about dinner though was the timing and organization of getting all the food out at the same time and at the right time (between the Acts) to the hundreds of people in the audience. As soon as an act finished, food was hitting the table. I’d have been curious to see how the operation was unfolding in the kitchens – it was very impressive! 

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In between acts, some on-stage activities with kids at the show!

Something that stood out for me at the show was how interactive everything was. There are various points throughout the show where cast members would bring up audience members, but it all felt quite seamless and I was really surprised by how open and interested audience members were to be involved in the show. It was really cool. 

In between acts, there were also on-stage activities with the cast members and the kids in the audience. 

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Applause for the cast! Fun show at Jubilations Dinner Theatre.

There were moments throughout the show that got a lot of laughs from the audience (myself included). Some of my favourite parts were the “slow motion” scenes where the lead character and her love interest were noticing one another in a romantic way, as well as when the lead character would “ride” her bike, and stagehands were waving shrubs and prop birds around her as she rode. (You’ll get it when you see it, lol). 

There was great energy in this show. I mentioned the cheesy factor earlier on but will say again, Flashdance: An 80s Flashback is pretttttty cheesy – that includes the acting and the plot lines and everything. But I mean that in the best way possible. As these shows are meant to be funny, the cheesiness is a must and they really deliver on that. 

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Upcoming shows at the Jubilations Dinner Theatre.

Flashdance: An 80s Flashback runs April 7-June 4. The rest of the Jubilations Dinner Theatre season includes: 

  • Greased 2: June 9-August 13, 2017
  • Downton Abbey Road: August 18-October 15, 2017
  • Orange is the New Pink: October 20-January 20, 2018 

Learn more about those shows here.

Tickets for Jubilations Dinner Theatre are as follows:

Wednesday, Thursday, Sundays

  • Kids (12 and Under) – $35.25
  • Students – $48.25
  • Seniors (60+) – $48.25
  • Corporate Club – $52.50
  • Regular Adult – $69.95

Fridays and Saturdays

  • Kids (12 and Under) – $35.25
  • Students – N/A
  • Seniors (60+) – N/A
  • Corporate Club – $59.95
  • Regular Adult – $79.95

Your ticket includes admission to the three-act musical comedy show, the four-course dinner (starter salad and soup, entree, and dessert), tea and coffee. They also have different packages you can buy (tickets for a certain number of shows at a discounted rate). 

Jubilations Dinner Theatre Musical Flashdance Explore Edmonton
Mural leading into Jubilations Dinner Theatre.

I think Jubilations Dinner Theatre is a wonderful piece of our city’s arts scene. I was genuinely surprised at how many people take in dinner and a show on a weekday and think that’s really cool. It’s a great thing to do in our city. You’re also supporting great local/Canadian talent, and you’re getting entertainment with your dinner! 

I think my parents and in-laws would love to check out dinner and a show at Jubilations! I’m adding it to my list of family outings/gift ideas. In the meantime, I’m excited to give away a pair of tickets so you can check out Flashdance: An 80s Flashback at Jubilations Dinner Theatre too. Enter below: 


** Giveaway **

There are a few ways you can enter for a chance to win a pair of tickets to Flashdance: An 80s Flashdance at Jubilations Dinner Theatre including: 

  • Leave a comment on this blog post telling me what your favourite 80s song is! Note: This is mandatory to qualify to win. 
  • Tweet this message: I want to check out #FlashDance dinner & a show at @JubilationsEd! Hope I win @lindork’s giveaway. http://bit.ly/2pBNqJT #yeg #yegevents 
  • Follow me @lindork on Twitter
  • Follow @JubilationsEd on Twitter
  • Like my Facebook Page Lindork – Linda Hoang
  • Like Jubilations Facebook Page Jubilations Dinner Theatre

You must check off your different entry methods using the widget below:

Pair of Tickets to Jubilations Dinner Theatre!

I’ll select a winner when the giveaway closes on May 12, 2017.

Have you been to Jubilations Dinner Theatre? What did you think? 

Jubilations Dinner Theatre
Performance Wednesdays through Sundays 

Linda

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Disclaimer: I will always provide my 100% honest opinion on this blog. Jubilations Dinner Theatre invited me to come experience dinner and a show and share my thoughts on this blog. My tickets were complimentary. This has no impact on opinions stated in this post. 

Linda Hoang is an Edmonton blogger who writes about food, travel, lifestyle/events and pets. She's also a social media/digital specialist with a journalism background. Linda is in love with her city and loves exploring and promoting Edmonton and other places she visits with her husband Mike. Linda is also the founder of the Edmonton International Cat Festival (and has 2 cats herself, along with 2 dogs).

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22 Comments

  • Kim

    Girls just want to have fun!

  • Lily

    Oh man, 80’s are totally my jam!! Anything by the Cure, Journey, old school Madonna, I can go on and on…swoon!!!
    Total Eclipse of my Heart might be my favourite cheeseball song though!

  • Naomi

    Eye of the Tiger! 🐯

  • Lee-Ann

    Since I grew up in the 80’s- and that’s my music…it’s hard to pick just one. Waaaayyy too hard…. So I will name a few : “Sunday Bloody Sunday” – U2, “The Reflex” – Duran Duran, “In a Big Country” – Big Country, “”Happy Hour” – Housemartins and on and on and on and on.

  • Gloaria Dekker

    So nice to spend an evening at Jubilations, with good food, humour, talented people and the magic of music and song.
    Good luck to everyone! I like your blogging style,

    Thank you Linda.

  • Carley

    Gotta love Don’t Stop Believin’! There’s a reason everyone belts it!

  • Arlene donkin

    Favorite 80s depends on my mood! But love girls just wanna have fun and living on a prayer!

  • Kim

    Can’t touch this

  • Karim Bandali

    Money money money —-Abba

  • Dominic cloutier

    So many to choose from! From this soundtrack I’d say I like the instrumental quite a bit

  • Adele

    Oh my gosh there are too many! I’m going to say Don’t You (Forget About Me).

  • Mary K

    I don’t know why, but “Blame it on the Rain” immediately came to mind!

  • James

    Gotta be I think we’re alone now by Tiffany

  • Amanda H

    Living on a prayer! Always a classic!

  • Christine T

    Pink Houses – John Mellencamp

  • Lisa

    At this very moment my fave 80s song is Bonnie Tyler’s “Holding Out For a Hero”…I’m picturing the tractor chicken race as I write this!

  • Katy

    “Heaven is a Place on Earth” by Belinda Carlisle!

  • Laurie Keindel

    Livin’ On a Prayer by Bon Jovi

  • Laurie Keindel

    Livin’ On a Prayer

  • Erin

    Take On Me by Ah Ha!! The song, the video!!

  • CHRIS J

    “Jessie’s Girl” by Rick Springfield is my favorite 80’s song!

  • Phalyn Chenard

    Love in a Vacuum!

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