Proudly Announcing our 2014-2015 Season!

Andrew LambOur 2014-2015 season explores the notion of empathy, giving young people perspective through four high-quality pieces of professional theatre.  The Money Tree – which will be touring during Financial Literacy Month in November, follows the story of Shasta whose father has lost his job.  La Maleta (The Suitcase) – focuses on Refugees and Immigration through the experience of Roca who must flee her home country and move to Canada. Spirit Horse – which originally premiered at the LuminaTO Festival, follows the story of two young Aboriginal sisters struggling with their home life and trying to reconcile this with their own culture and traditions.  And our last show of the season is Outside – which addresses Gay Straight Alliances and follows the story of Daniel, a teen who triumphs over homophobic bullying, depression and suicide.  Empathy plays a major role in each of these productions giving students and opportunity to step outside of themselves and understand more deeply another perspective.
We are thrilled to be producing two world premieres for the first time in our company’s history as well as working in collaboration with the Elementary Teachers’ Federation of Ontario and returning to venues all across the United States.
-Andrew Lamb, Artistic Director

Why ‘In This World’ is out of this world!

 

Hazel .H Roseneath theater's high school co-op student

Hazel .H Roseneath theatre’s high school co-op student

Hi my name is Hazel, and I am Roseneath Theatre’s high school co-op student from Western Technical Commercial School . As a co-op student I get to do a lot of fun jobs which include me being a part of the making of their new production of In This World.

Coming to Roseneath every afternoon is the best part of my day. Here I feel like an important part in the making of the productions, especially with In This World since I am the target demographic.  It is fun to have the actresses seeking my approval and asking my opinion on whether something is relevant or not to teens today.  Each person that is a part of this Production has such passion for what they are doing and it comes out brilliantly in their work!

I also truly appreciate the fact that Roseneath is not afraid to show the real and rawness of the situation between high school girls, because the fact is they can be quite mean and catty. Since they are touching on some very serious subjects such as sexual and physical abuse the fact that the play has such a rawness adds another layer to the performance and makes it more believable for the audience.

On the first day of reading the script I was invited in to watch and listen, and right from that day I knew this was something truly special and different.  Stephanie Jung (Bijou) and Megan Swaby (Neyssa) are truly amazing at what they do; even at the reading they had me thinking they were the characters because of how animated and truly captivating their performance was. Because of these factors I believe the show will be very effective at raising awareness and could help people who have, or might in the future go through something similar to Neyssa and Bijou.

The cast and crew of 'In This World'

The cast and crew of ‘In This World’

I feel this play should be shown to more and more teens because it shows many different sides to teen life,such as different ethnicity, different classes and different views.  I feel the topics addressed in In This World touch upon some serious and controversial subjects that really need to be talked about more than they are. The subject of sexual assault needs to be taught to youth more, especially since this is a growing problem in our society today. If someone does go through this they shouldn’t feel alone, shameful or like they can’t tell anyone. Not telling anyone lets the culprit get away and continue doing the same to others. This play helps show how difficult and life changing the experience can really be especially for a youth. If you are in this kind or have recently gone through this situation we urge you to tell a family member, friend, teacher or even call the Children’s Help Phone (1-800-668-6868).

You can watch a short video clip from the production here.

-Hazel.H