Wednesday, 14 December 2011 14:53

Rosebud Theatre unveils its 2012 season line-up

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There’s still time to treat a loved one to a special gift this year with season tickets for the 2012 lineup at the Rosebud Theatre.

The 2012 season is about transformation and people being changed by their circumstances or influence of other individuals.

“Every play in our 2012 season takes us through a story that reveals the shimmering hopeful resilience of characters who choose to live open heartedly, and who change the world around them in the process,”  says Morris Ertman, Rosebud’s artistic director.

The year will kick off with the comedy $38,000 For A Friendly Face by Kristin Shepherd, running March 16 to May 12. 

The news release describes the comedy as “The new director of a suburban funeral home is in a tizzy. He doesn’t know how to create an appropriate celebration of life for a woman that nobody liked. He is aided by the well-intentioned ‘Last Supper Committee’, but today their menu disagreements are on the verge of leading to an all-out food fight.”

“It’s a story about making the most out of a life, even if you have to make most of it up,” says Ertman, adding the story is filled with redemption. “It’s funny and it’s tender. The audience will have a great time at the theatre.”

The summer play for 2012 will be Anne of Green Gables, the Musical (with book by Donald Harron, adapted from the novel by L.M. Montgomery, music by Norman Campbell). It runs May 25 to Aug. 25.

Most people should know this musical as it is the same version done at the Charlottetown festival, says Ertman.

“I re-read the novel — what a great story,” he adds. “There’s a reason why everybody loves it. I think to people who see Anne of Green Gables in our little town, it will feel like the stars are lining up.”

Also during the summer My Name is Asher Lev will be performed on the Studio Stage from July 4 to Aug. 25.

The play is by Aaron Posner, adapted from the novel by Chaim Potok.

Asher Lev has a gift for painting, but his work creates a rift between his aspirations and his Orthodox Jewish community as well as between his parents and is vocation.

Ertman directed this same production in Vancouver last year featuring two Rosebud actors. Those two men will return for performances in the small hamlet.

“It’s a Rosebud show we did somewhere else and we’re bringing back to Rosebud,” points out Ertman.

He adds the story is a nice parallel to Anne of Green Gables, as both Anne Shirley and Asher Lev altered their communities through their actions.

“In Vancouver, the response was breathless. People were mesmerized and taken by the story.”

The fall will feature the beloved Tuesdays with Morrie, the adaptation of the best-selling book by Mitch Albom. It will run Sept. 7 to Oct. 20.

Ertman says while Asher Lev is about mentorship, Tuesdays with Morrie is about life mentorship so it fits in nicely with the season of plays. The novel’s impact has been far-reaching with more than 14 million copies sold and it has been translated into 41 languages.

“It tells about the impact of the story on people’s lives,” adds Ertman.

The season will end with an original Christmas folk musical May and Joe from Nov. 2 to Dec. 22. It was written by Ertman, Heather Pattengale and Paul Zacharias.

“I got the seed of the idea for the story a couple of years ago,” says Ertman. “It’s the story of Mary and Joseph planted in Winnipeg.”

May and Joe are travelling the snowy highway in their clunker car from Winnipeg to Thunder Bay days before Christmas. Mary is expecting a baby.

The story is about these two people today, going through the same experience Mary and Joseph did 2,000 years ago, and they discover that says Ertman.

A folk band of three wise guys will help immerse the audience in the original music.

It’s been a while since an original production has graced the Rosebud stage.

“It feels like this one comes out of your bones,” says Ertman. “There’s a little more risk with it, but all of that creates a marvelous energy.”

Ertman is looking forward to the new season. The new mercantile operation has had a year under its belt and there are wonderful places for visitors to enjoy a cup of coffee or meal including the Thorny Rose Cafe and Wildhorse Jacks.

“It feels like it’s going to be a really great year,” adds Ertman.

Rosebud Theatre season tickets packages, gift certificates and individual tickets are on sale at Rosebud Theatre. Phone 1-800-267-7553 to purchase tickets, or for more info visit

Individuals who purchase the four-show pack by Dec. 22 will receive a free ticket to My Name is Asher Lev as well as $38,000 for a Friendly Face. Purchase a three-show pack by Dec. 22 and receive a free ticket to see My Name is Asher Lev.

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