National Indigenous Peoples Day

 

Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day and we would like to take the time to recognize and celebrate the amazing diversity, strength, contributions, and histories of indigenous people across Turtle Island.

“National Aboriginal Day is a day for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements and contributions of First Nations, Inuit and Métis Peoples. It was first celebrated on June 21, 1996, after being recognized through a proclamation by then Governor General Roméo LeBlanc. National Aboriginal Day is part of the Celebrate Canada program, though most provinces do not recognize it as a statutory holiday.”

Read more about National Indigenous Peoples Day HERE

This coming year Roseneath Theatre is incredibly proud to be taking Spirit Horse, a production adapted by Ojibway playwright Drew Hayden Taylor from the Irish play ‘Tir Na N’Og by Greg Banks, back on tour across Canada. Beginning in Northern Ontario we will travel all the way to Vancouver to perform at Carousel Theatre, before returning to Toronto to finish the tour. Spirit Horse is a powerful story that chronicles an incredible adventure involving two urban First Nations children. Angelina and Jesse’s lives are changed forever when their grandfather, who lives by the old ways on a prairies reserve, brings them a horse that has mysteriously appeared to him. The children feel an incredible bond to this majestic animal which links the girls and their dad to their Stoney Nation heritage. Is new hope and healing possible for a troubled single parent family caught between two worlds? A highly theatrical and imaginative story in which three actors play over sixty five characters, accompanied by a live musician.

 “Your play has driven the point that racism hurts, that it is disrespectful and cruel. During times of racism in your play, it made people feel uncomfortable, it made them see that it is wrong. A lot of our problems have stopped because the play has shown them how a victim of racism feels, what it makes the victim thinks. Racism has still not disappeared from our school, but some of our students are starting to stand up to it and shutting it down. Students are realizing that deep down in our souls we are all people and that life is too short to make enemies. I hope that the lesson we learned from this play will carry on into the future and make Atikokan and Canada a better place, no matter what colour our skin is. Thank you for a thought provoking play and a valuable lesson.”

Grant L., AHS Gr.7, on Spirit Horse

 

June 9th PA Day Drama Camp!


 
The final PA Day of the school year is fast approaching, where will your kids be? Register them today in Roseneath Theatre’s June 9th PA Day Drama Camp!

Roseneath Theatre’s full day drama camps are located in our studio in Toronto at 651 Dufferin Street. Our programs are led by a professional artist educator, guest artists, Roseneath staff, and are supported by paid members of our youth leadership program.

Campers will participate in learning about all aspects of theatre creation and production, including acting, writing, musical theatre (including dance and vocals), improvisation, and designing costumes, props, and set pieces with mentorship from our professional educator, guest artists, and staff. In addition to fun in the theatre, there will also be daily outings to local parks and splash pads, when weather permits. Our theatre camps are active, engaging, and full of creativity and fun for kids who have a keen interest in the performing arts!

Learn more HERE

Register HERE

Announcing Roseneath Theatre’s 34th Season!

 

“Roseneath Theatre’s 34th Season – Be True To You – is our most ambitious and groundbreaking season to date. This season we encourage our young audiences to be true to themselves and positively embrace the world around them. Through these compelling stories we invite students to reflect on their own sense of self while supporting their peers and family to be true to themselves as well.”

Andrew Lamb
Artistic Director
 

Announcing Roseneath Theatre’s 34th season of Social Justice & Equity Themed In-School Plays: Be True To You! 

addressing…

GENDER IDENTITY
HOMOPHOBIA
MENTAL HEALTH
DIVERSITY
RACISM
INDIGENOUS CULTURE
BULLYING

 

Please share this information with teachers, principals or parent council members who may wish to learn more about Roseneath Theatre’s in school performances. Early Bird Bookers save $25 on bookings confirmed by June 30, 2017.

 
LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR SEASON HERE

READ THE PRESS RELEASE HERE

 
October 23 – December 8, 2017

OUTSIDE
by Paul Dunn

Grades 7-12
Themes:  Homophobia, Bullying, Mental Health, GSAs

Three friends, two high schools, one lunch hour. The story of one teen’s triumph over homophobic bullying, depression and suicide.


January 22 – February 16, 2018

BIRDS OF A FEATHER
by Robert Watson

Grades k-4
Themes: Family, Diversity, Imagination, Identity, Teamwork

A junior bird watcher’s adventure in Hawaii leads her to discover the Laysan Albatross whose families have similarities to her own.


March 19 – May 4, 2018

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BOYS AND GIRLS
by Dave Deveau

Grades 4-8
Themes: Gender Identity, Diversity, Equity

Fiona has always felt different. Struggling with gender identity, Fiona cuts her hair short and asks family to start calling him Fin.


April 6 – May 18, 2018

SPIRIT HORSE
Native American adaptation by Drew Hayden Taylor
from the Irish Play ‘Tir Na N’Og’ by Greg Banks

Grades 4-8
Themes: Indigenous Culture, Racism, Bullying, Perseverance, Fairness, Respect

When two Indigenous sisters go on a mystical journey with their horse Wildwind, their father must chase them down to save his family.