Thursday, 11 June 2015 06:20

Rosebud’s Wizard of Oz should be a summer classic

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Patrons following the “Yellow Brick Road” to Rosebud this summer can expect to see many familiar faces amongst the cast of iconic characters in the company’s summer production of The Wizard of Oz, playing until Sept. 5. 


A handful of perennial fan-favourites including David Snider, Marie Russell, Cassia Schramm, Mike Thiessen, Andrew Legg, and Joel Stephenson are “off to see the Wizard” in this masterful musical adaptation of the classic 1939 film.
Resident company member David Snider, playing  the Tin Man, leads the charge to Oz. Snider has delighted Rosebud audiences countless times before on the Rosebud stage. Past Rosebud Theatre credits include The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe (Mr. Tumnus), The Diary of Anne Frank (Otto Frank), Tuesdays with Morrie (Mitch), Our Town (Dr Gibbs), the title role in Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat and, of course, the lovable Matthew Cuthbert in Anne of Green Gables.
Snider and his family have lived in Rosebud for eight years and, in addition to being a resident company member, is an instructor and Head of the Theatre 101 program at Rosebud School of the Arts.
Reflecting on his role as the Tin Man, Snider says, “The Tin Man’s quest reveals how much he cares for his friends, and that real caring is the best evidence that he does have a heart. He also likes the mechanical heart that suits his metal frame.”
Cassia Schramm, who played Anne Shirley opposite David in the 2012 summer hit, Anne of Green Gables, puts on the ruby slippers to tackle the role of the spunky Dorothy Gale. Her list of Rosebud Theatre credits are as long as the Yellow Brick Road itself and include the free-spirited and curious Lucy Pevensie in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, the strong-willed yet deeply wise Anne Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank, and newlywed Corrie Bratter in Barefoot in the Park.
Schramm says, “Dorothy’s story is quite simple. She feels unloved by her family and friends. They don’t stick up for her when Miss Gulch comes to take Toto away. She runs away, because she’s sure there is a place where life is better. Through her journey in Oz she learns that it’s the people at home, and her own life that she loves the most.”
Joel Stephensen (His Nibs in last summer’s hit, Chickens) and Andrew Legg (Mr. Beaver in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe) round out the fearless foursome, while the funny, talented and lovable Marie Russell (Mrs.Beaver in The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe, Mrs. Banks in Barefoot in the Park and Mrs. Lind in Anne of Green Gables) and Mike Thiessen (Barefoot in the Park, It's A Wonderful Life, and The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe) take on the roles of Glinda and The Wizard respectively.
A new face to the Rosebud stage, Duval Lang, has been active in the dynamic growth of the Calgary Theatre scene for close to 40 years. He was co-founder and artistic director of Quest Theatre for 25 of those years. Duval was also a recipient of the Harry and Martha Cohen Award for significant and long-term contribution to theatre in Calgary.
He is currently busy as a freelance actor and director across the country including playing the roles of Dorothy's Uncle and the Guard in The Wizard of Oz.
Artistic Director, Morris Ertman directs. The creative team working with Ertman include musical director Bill Hamm and choreographer Deanne Bertsch. 
Ertman, Hamm and Bertsch have collaborated on many of Rosebud Theatre’s long list of musicals including Anne of Green Gables, Chickens, Cotton Patch Gospel, and Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor® Dreamcoat.
The Wizard of Oz plays at the Rosebud Opera House until Sept. 5, with shows every Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, and matinees on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays. For more information or to purchase tickets visit online at www.rosebudtheatre.com or phone 1-800-267-7553.

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