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Rosebud’s 2017 calendar an eclectic group of productions

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 If we ever needed a healthy dose of goodwill and grace, it’s now. We live in topsy-turvy times. Everybody’s a little worried.

“We’re hedging our bets because we can only see as far as the horizon of our own experience, but the world is bigger than the horizon we see — it stretches to include every single human being on the planet. It’s a very big sky,” explains Rosebud Theatre Artistic Director, Morris Ertman. “In Rosebud next year, we have an entertaining season of stories that stretch the human heart to a place of empathy and grace. It’s a season that encourages coming together in a time where so much is focused on our retreat from one another and like our times, the season kicks off with a roller-coaster ride that reflects the place we find ourselves.”
 “Hellsapoppin” is a word used to describe Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth. Rosebud has a play in the fall that pokes at the notion of hell, and the characters get pretty wound up about that subject matter.
 There’s a sublime folk musical in the summer that’s all about accepting an ex-con looking for a place to start over again. They have a Christmas show that pokes at identity in a way that might just make people ponder who they are as a people from a hodgepodge of ethnic backgrounds, trying to express Christmas in all the wrong ways, yet resulting in a rendering of the Christmas story full of humour and heart. 
“In 2017, Rosebud might just be the place where entertainment meets meaning to help us transcend the conundrum we find ourselves in. It’s a Big Sky Season in a place where people are welcomed by some of the most wonderful sunsets imaginable and they stretch farther than the eye can see,” adds Ertman.
Rosebud Theatre opens its 34th season on March 31 with Thornton Wilder’s The Skin of Our Teeth. Oceans are rising.
The ice age is coming. Refugees are knocking at the door. There’s pet hair on the sofa, and the kids are fighting again. Join the Antrobus family as they hang on to hope in the craziest of times. A mad-cap comedic ride about the end of the world where anything can and will happen.  
Opening June 16 is the musical The Spitfire Grill by James Valcq. A feisty parolee starts over again in a small town and finds herself working at the Spitfire Grill. News of her past catches up to her and threatens to derail her attempt at a second chance. An uplifting folk musical about unlikely friendships, redemption, and a place to call home.  
The summer production on the BMO Studio Stage is a beautiful play from Heather McDonald — An Almost Holy Picture — opening June 29. The groundskeeper of a small church has had a life filled with divine encounters; mysteries he cannot reconcile.
His daughter suffers from a peculiar condition which has her whole body covered in a coat of fine golden hair. Join his quest for answers in an intimate church garden as he struggles to regain his faith and discover what is holy.  
A season in Rosebud would not be complete without a production that engages in a greater conversation for its patrons. The Christians by Lucas Hnath surely fits that bill. Is there really a hell? This is not a question Pastor Paul’s congregation has ever considered, but at the mortgage-burning celebration for their new church, the question changes everything, shaking the foundation of his church, friendships, and family. An epic, intimate, and unflinching look at faith and its power to unite or divide. Playing on the Opera House stage starting Sept. 22.  
For Christmas, Rosebud Theatre welcomes back Lucia Frangione’s Cariboo Magi to round out the season with a hearty laugh beginning Nov. 10. A star-struck troupe of players travel by camel through the wilds of the Cariboo to fill a desperately needed performance contract, arriving just in time to walk out on stage, but they’ve rehearsed the wrong play. The result is the most sublime, divine and hilariously entertaining rendering of the Christmas story ever told.  
The season also includes a sprinkling of Rosebud Presents concerts and short-run productions including the latest installment of the Wingfield Farm series, The Wheatland Band and a Twisted Tale of Snow White to entertain and delight.  
Season Ticket packages on sale now at or through the Box Office at 1-800-267-7553.   

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