Before we launch into plans for the upcoming season, we’re taking a moment to share some great news about the ‘season that was’, and we invite you to support our End-of-Year Donation Drive. There’s much to celebrate, and some great reasons to lend your support — and,the first $5,000 in donations received through Canada Helps will be matched by our Board and Artistic Director. Click Here for the full scoop!
ROSENEATH’s 32nd SEASON OF GROUND-BREAKING THEATRE-FOR-YOUNG AUDIENCES
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.
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…
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 →
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: firstname.lastname@example.org (Grades K-6)
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.
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 Annisby Robert Harding, standbygophotography.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.