Dinner Theatre - Reviews



Songs from the Attic



“Great show.  Fantastic selection of songs, super energy, choreography, and costumes.” - V.S.  North Vancouver BC

  “Voni’s shows are excellent plus how lucky we are to have her come here!!!” - B.M. Sorrento BC

“It was great to relive a very wonderful time in our lives…”- A.W. Kamloops BC

“The best theatre production here – we have come every year – always love it and this was extraordinary.”C.S.  Salmon Arm BC

Producing this high calibre of entertainment amazes me. - M.C. Red Deer, Alta

“Very good! Excellent production all around.  Talented cast.” - H.G. Kamloops BC

“Very enjoyable evening out.  Thank you for bringing back the memories!”- D.B. Anglemont BC

“Outstanding!  Thoroughly enjoyed the entire experience.” - P.W.  Terrace BC

“Super show.  Loved the music and going back in time.” - N.B.  Vernon B.C.



Cruisin' with the Boomers


Musical director Dave Pickell on keyboards provides the bulk of the narration and does little singing, but rocks out on piano on an Elton John medley. At the other end of the stage, lead guitarist Tim Porter gets to show his great chops on “The Thrill Is Gone,” ”Purple Haze,” and “Riders on the Storm,” among others.

Dead centre, under the peace sign, big-voiced drummer Peter Padden is featured on Bowie’s “Space Oddity” and the Righteous Brothers’ “You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feeling” in a duet with Joanie Bye, who plays rhythm guitar and has some of the show’s prime solos: Joplin’s “Piece of My Heart,” a searing “Disco Inferno,” and a gorgeous riff on Joanie Mitchell’s mature remake of “Both Sides Now.”

Linda Kidder plays bass and sometimes drums, and kills “White Rabbit.” Putting aside his guitar and harmonica, Oliver Conway charms with his Jagger tribute on the Stones’ “Get Off of My Cloud.”

Many of the show’s best moments are the group numbers, showing off Bye’s vocal arrangements and the ensemble’s instrumental skills: a great medley of Beatles’ tunes, a terrific version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody,” the show’s closer, Jackie DeShannon’s “Put a Little Love in Your Heart,” and the encore, “Imagine.” Those last two capture the theme of the show: the Sixties dream of making a better world.

Kudos to the players, producer/director Voni Grindler, choreographer Viktoria Langton, and the entire Jupiter team for reminding us what glorious musical times they were. - Jerry Wasserman





A great show! 'Jump!' star Diane Lines delivered honey-smoked vocals, as she and her able band of accompanists took [the audience] on an exciting musical journey from the demise of the big-band sound at the end of the Second World War through the 1950s of swing, jump blues and eight-to-the-bar boogie-woogie and deposited the audience at the door of the rock 'n roll era.