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Wednesday, 11 February 2015 12:44

Rosebud Theatre ready for an exciting 2015 season

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Theatre lovers who may be looking for a theme in this year’s offering of shows at the Rosebud Theatre will likely find it’s all about relationships and finding oneself. The shows this year on the Opera House stage include The Miracle Worker, The Wizard of Oz, Mass Appeal and A Wind in the Willows Christmas in Rosebud. On the BMO Studio Stage will be Wildwood Fire in May/June and Last Train to Nibroc in July/August.


“All of the shows are highly relational,” says Morris Ertman, artistic director. “Somewhere under a rainbow, you’ll find Rosebud. The plays this season are all about finding yourself in an unexpected place where miraculous things happen.”
Ertman explains The Miracle Worker, based upon the story of Annie Sullivan who worked with Helen Keller, is about a friendship formed between the two. The Wizard Of Oz features Dorothy who runs away from home only to meet the very people she is running away from and finds out who they really are.
“The Wind in the Willows Christmas in Rosebud is a story of a great friendship,” adds Ertman. “It’s about people who stick with each other no matter what. Toad is a problem yet we all rally around him and we spend Christmas Eve with Toad. Somehow our differences disappear.”
The season will get underway March 17 with The Miracle Worker on the Opera House stage until May 16. Then starting May 29 until Sept. 5, The Wizard of Oz will be performed. This is a “magical prairie musical adventure for the whole family based on the much-loved movie.”
In the fall from Sept. 18-Oct. 24 Mass Appeal will be the offering. Described as a charming story about staying true to one’s convictions and holding onto dreams, Rosebud officials suggest if audience members enjoyed last season’s Tuesdays with Morrie, they won’t want to miss Mass Appeal.
The Christmas play is A Wind in the Willows Christmas in Rosebud on the Opera House stage from Nov. 7 to Dec. 21.
There are also two plays on the BMO Studio Stage this year. Wildwood Fire, by well-known Rosebud alumni Lauren de Graaf and Kelsey Krogman, runs May 6 to June 20.
“People will come to see June Carter Cash and her mom Maybelle Carter and they are there to do a concert,” explains Ertman. “June receives word that Johnny is in the hospital. June opens up and sings her way through her story before and with Johnny Cash. All these songs we know are performed live, but now they have context. In some ways it becomes like a collective (time of sharing).”
The second show on the studio stage is The Last Train to Nibloc. This love story takes place during the Second World War when a young woman who wants to be a missionary meets a man who is a flyer, but wants to be a writer.
“He tries to woo her. He’s worldly and she’s religious,” says Ertman. “It’s the story of their rocky romance. It’s energizing and a nice story.”
There are also numerous other activities taking place in the small hamlet of Rosebud throughout the year. From March 10-14 the Theatre for Young Audiences offering will be Treasure Island.
Rosebud Presents has become a popular arts series with five events this year including performances by The Wheatland Band (Feb. 13), the play Wingfield’s Folly (March 18-21), singer-songwriter Cara Luft (April 26), singer-songwriter John Wort Hannam (May 24) and author of The Shack Paul Young (Oct. 4).
Feedback for the work taking place in Rosebud has repeatedly been positive.
“We’re repeatedly getting from audience members who talk to (us) about our shows, they keep talking about how alive and full of heart and soul and surprising our performances are,” says Ertman. “I think we offer up in this province, some of the most engaging staging and acting that people will ever see.”
Rosebud is one of the few places where audience members can interact with actors, musicians and others working in theatre in an up-close and personal way.
“There is something about Rosebud and the smallness of it — everything is more accessible to you as a patron,” adds Ertman.
Tickets for Rosebud shows and events are available by phoning 1-800-267-7553 or online at www.rosebudtheatre.com.

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