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ROSENEATH’s 32nd SEASON OF GROUND-BREAKING THEATRE-FOR-YOUNG AUDIENCES

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BOOK NOW AND SAVE! Click Here for our 2015-16 Sneak-Peek Flyer.

We’re now accepting bookings for our 2015-16 lineup, which was recently unveiled by Artistic Director Andrew Lamb. The upcoming year’s Playbill features the return of three hit shows from Roseneath’s ever-expanding Repertoire of home-grown works for young audiences. The plays programmed for 2015-16 have a proven track record of sparking lively dialogue around HOT-BUTTON issues, and feature central characters grappling with issues which range from bullying and the move to establish Gay/Straight Alliances in Canadian high schools, to living with ADHD.

Paul Dunn’s OUTSIDE (Grades 7-12) and Robert Watson’s THE MONEY TREE (Grades K-6) anchor the season – both are fresh-off sold-out tours in 2014-15, and both also received Dora Award nominations Outstanding New Play! The lineup is rounded-out by acclaimed playwright Chris Craddock’s THE INCREDIBLE SPEEDINESS OF JAMIE CAVANAUGH (Grades 4-8), helmed by multi-Dora lauded director Richard Greenblatt.

  

 

OUTSIDE: Fall 2015 / THE MONEY TREE: Winter 2016

THE INCREDIBLE SPEEDINESS OF JAMIE CAVANAUGH: Spring 2016

BOOK NOW AND SAVE: Early-Bird Booking Discount, now through July 1, 2015.  

Click Here for our 2015-16 Sneak-Peek Flyer.

 

2014-15 SEASON WRAP-UP

Our 2014-15 season came to a close with the final performance of Spirit Horse on Friday June 5. It was a wonderfully successful season that saw us premiere two works developed through our Playwrights Unit (The Money Tree, Outside), tour a third play for seven weeks throughout the United States (La Maleta: The Suitcase) and partner with the Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario to bring a fourth play (Spirit Horse) to more than 25,000 students in all corners of southwestern Ontario.

And, we ended the season on one helluva high-note! During our final week of performances, we received word that the two shows we premiered in 2014-15 received four Dora Award nominations … hearty congratulations go out to Roseneath nominees Robert Watson (nominated for Outstanding New Play, The Money Tree), Paul Dunn (nominated for Outstanding New Play, Outside), the Ensemble of The Money Tree Joshua Stodart, Rong Fu, Heather Marie Annis  (nominated for Outstanding Performance – Ensemble) and G. Kyle Shields (nominated for Outstanding Performance, Outside).

Congratulations also go out to our dedicated Managing Director, Natalie Ackers, who was honoured (along with Green Thumb Theatre’s Nadine Carew and Ivan Habel) with the Mallory Gilbert Leadership Award at this year’s Professional Association of Canadian Theatres conference. We are so proud of the hard work that Natalie does to bring our plays to young people, despite the endless challenges!

We’re also extremely thankful for the host of sponsors, new and returning, whose generosity helped us bring our work to close to 100,000 young people clear across North America in 2014-15 — BIG THANKS to BMO Financial, Elementary Teachers Federation of Ontario, RBC Foundation, TD Bank, Studio Lab Theatre Foundation, K.M. Hunter Foundation, J.P. Bickell Foundation, Salah Bachir, Daily Xtra, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre, artsVestCanadian Heritage, Canada Council for the Arts, Ontario Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Sport, Ontario Arts Council, and Toronto Arts Council.

Meet Morgan…

Every year at Roseneath Theatre, we have the opportunity to work with young people from Ontario high schools and universities who are looking for a deeper understanding of the theatre production world and ‘real world’ experience. Today we said good-bye to Morgan, who has been with us for a few months. One of Morgan’s biggest accomplishments was managing the layout and design of our ‘bio boards’ for this year’s shows. Here is what he had to say about his experience…

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Morgan with one of the bio boards he created for our 2014-2015 season

Hello my name is Morgan Elbourne and I was a Co-op student from Western Technical Commercial School who had the pleasure of working at Roseneath Theatre and would now like to tell you about my experiences while working there. At Roseneath you have to do a bit of everything but mainly I would work in the marketing department using computer apps to help design, fix, or add to graphics that would help promote what a great place Roseneath is. I used the computer for most jobs, whether for researching online, managing ticket selling/event planning websites (Eventbrite, Ticketswell), writing word docs, managing excel spreadsheets, or simply just passing along emails to other people. Being a theatre, Roseneath also produces plays which gives you the great experience of meeting the crew and actors as well as seeing the process of a stage production being put together. Continue reading

IT’S HIT! THE MONEY TREE run extended through December 12.

 

   Roseneath Theatre presents

money tree type treatment

Notes Nov 18 Crop to Shasta and Tree
Written by Robert Watson. Directed by Andrew Lamb
Featuring Rong Fu, Joshua Stodart and Heather Marie Annis
Set and Costume Designer Lindsay C. Walker
Sound Designer and Composer Rick Sacks

 

World Premiere — NOW PLAYING!
EXTENDED BY ONE WEEK THROUGH DECEMBER 12, 2014.

School Bookings: education@roseneath.ca (Grades K-6)

 

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THE MONEY TREE launched Roseneath’s 2014-15 season, programmed to coincide with Financial Literacy Month (November). This world premiere production introduces elementary audiences (Grades K-6) to beginning notions related to financial literacy, explores the idea of ‘needs vs. wants’ and affirms the power of imagination and creativity.

 

ABOUT THE PLAY: When Shasta’s father loses his job, she is devastated to learn that previously laid plans for her upcoming birthday party must be significantly downsized. As the story progresses, Shasta and Simon meet a mysterious Traveler who gives them a seed that will make a tree grow leaves of money. Through a truly magical journey, the two ultimately learn that being a loyal friend is worth more than a big party or having all the latest toys. In the end, our friends, family and imaginations are truly our greatest assets.

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Says Director Andrew Lamb: “With the economic struggles facing families over the last few years, parents have been experiencing layoffs in greater number than seen before. Though this might be considered an ‘adult’ problem, children are more aware of these situations than they might sometimes be given credit for…we hope this production sparks meaningful conversations around money and value – in addition to being a wonderfully entertaining story that ignites a young audience member’s imagination.”

 

2014 production photos from ‘The Money Tree’ featuring Rong Fu (as Shasta, in green coat), Joshua Stodart and Heather Marie Annis by Robert Hardingstandbygophotography.com.

 

ABOUT THE PLAYWRIGHT: Robert Watson is a Victoria raised theatre artist who has called Toronto home for the past 14 years. Having worked as an actor, producer, publicist, makeup artist and sound designer for various theatrical productions, it is playwriting that gives him the most artistic satisfaction. Selected writing credits include the sold-out Fringe hit Chasing Margaret Flatwood at Toronto’s historic Campbell House, Desperate Housepets at the Montreal and Toronto Fringe Festivals, adaptations of Rudyard Kipling’s Just So Stories and Phoebe Gilman’s The Balloon Tree both at the Toronto Fringe Kids Venue. Robert is playwright-in-residence at Theatre Awakening, where he developed The Ladies Room and Chasing Margaret Flatwoood.