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Rosebud Theatre set for 2014 season

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Rosebud Theatre has announced its lineup of six plays and musicals for the 2014 Season.


Playing on the Opera House stage will be The Diary of Anne Frank; Chickens; Doubt; and The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Two productions will appear on the Rosebud Studio Stage in 2014: I, Claudia playing in May/June and Freud’s Last Session playing in July/August.
“If you believe in the beauty of music well sung, in themes that inspire, in the collective laughter of an audience enjoying a story together, there is a seat waiting for you in our 2014 Season,” says Morris Ertman, artistic director. “We’re an optimistic collection of artists who are very excited to share next season’s shows with you — an entertaining collection of plays and musicals that will inspire you to believe!”
The popular Rosebud Presents series of concerts and theatre offerings will return in 2014 with six events already scheduled.
Rosebud’s own folk comedy duo Lewis & Royal take the stage Feb. 15; another round of Panic Squad’s clean comedy improv happens Feb. 22; Wingfield’s Progress, the second installment of Dan Needles’ iconic Wingfield Farms series plays March 13-15; the award-winning story of a Second World War veteran, Jake’s Gift plays Sept. 23; and Juno Award-winning singer/songwriter Steve Bell takes the stage Oct. 16.
Back by popular demand will be a new Theatre for Young Audiences event on March 8 with the production of Jack’s Giant Adventure, a musical based on the classic children’s story. Special school matinees will be available March 4–7.
Rosebud Theatre’s 2014 season kicks off March 28 (until May 17) with The Diary of Anne Frank, the moving and true story of a young girl and her family who lived in hiding from the Nazis for over two years during the Second World War. With astonishing honesty, wit and determination, Anne emerges from history as an intensely-gifted girl whose spirit would not be stifled by circumstance. A humbling, yet uplifting reminder of the bright lights that shine in our darkest times.   
From May 30 – Aug. 30, the uproariously funny musical Chickens returns to the Rosebud Opera House stage. Pal’s a bankrupt farmer with one last chance to save the farm. Investing his hopes in exotic chickens, his wife is certain he’s flown the coop. With rowdy roosters running amuck and aging hens looking for love, will these dreamers finally soar? Or is someone about to get the axe? A musical romantic comedy complete with singing, dancing chickens.  What more can we say?
Playing May 7 – June 21 on Rosebud’s Studio Stage is I, Claudia. A young girl copes with family upheavals by seeking refuge in her school’s boiler room. With the help of her goldfish and the school janitor she might make it through the hilarious heartbreak of adolescence.
Playing July 2 – Aug. 23 on Rosebud’s Studio Stage is Freud’s Last Session. On the day England enters the Second World War, C.S. Lewis and Sigmund Freud face off on the existence of God, love, sex, and the meaning of life… just weeks before Freud takes his own. An intimate and compelling conversation.
In the fall (Sept.r 19 – Oct. 25) Doubt, the acclaimed movie and Pulitzer Prize-winning play that calls conviction and perception into question. When charismatic Father Flynn is suspected of paying one student too much attention, Sister Aloysius launches a crusade to expose the truth at whatever the cost.
And finally, for Christmas (Nov. 7 – Dec. 21), Rosebud Theatre will stage the Canadian premiere of a new musical adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Join four heroic young adventures as Lucy and her siblings tumble through a magical wardrobe into the mysterious land of Narnia, where an evil queen has enslaved a country of talking beasts in never-ending winter. Joining forces with the ferocious Aslan, king of the beasts, will the children free Narnia and reign as its rightful kings and queens? With magic on the move, anything could happen.
2014 season tickets are now on sale through the Rosebud Theatre Box Office at 1-800-267-7553. Four-show dinner and theatre packages are $238 plus GST and three-show dinner and theatre packages are $178.50 plus GST. When you purchase your season tickets before Dec. 22, you will receive bonus tickets to our studio stage productions.
“It’s Anne Frank that states that ‘In spite of everything I still believe that people are really good at heart.’ Rosebud is a place that thrives on that optimistic point of view,” says Ertman. “Please join us in 2014 and we’ll serve you a meal, point you to our gallery and shops, and show you to your seat in what promises to be our most dynamic season yet”
Rosebud Theatre’s 2013 Christmas production It’s a Wonderful Life opens on Nov. 1 and plays until Dec. 23 on the Rosebud Opera House Stage. Adult/senior tickets range from $59 to $71 plus GST. Tickets include a buffet meal at the Rosebud Mercantile. Group rates available. To purchase tickets, contact the Rosebud Theatre Box Office at 1-800-267-7553 or www.rosebudtheatre.com.

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