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

 

   Roseneath Theatre presents

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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.

 

TORONTO LAUNCH PERFORMANCE

Roseneath Theatre kicks off busy leg of 30th Anniversary Season with Dora and Chalmers award-winning classic, DIB AND DOB AND THE JOURNEY HOME

Family audiences are invited to attend a FREE ‘Toronto Launch Performance’ of this seminal Roseneath work before it tours to venues throughout the Greater Toronto Area and to the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. Free ‘Toronto Launch Performances’ will take place at the gorgeous Roseneath Studio, in the heart of Toronto’s Dundas West neighborhood, on Sunday January 26 at 11am & 2pm. The show is recommended for children JK-Grade 4 and their parents/guardians. To reserve Toronto Launch tickets, email education@roseneath.ca

Written by Roseneath founders David S. Craig and Robert Morgan, and directed by current Roseneath Artistic Director Andrew Lamb, Dib and Dob and the Journey Home is a popular comic work for young audiences that has been enjoyed by thousands of families across Canada and overseas.

“Roseneath is known for uncompromising, quality theatre for young audiences created by professional artists at the top of their game … our classic production of Dib and Dob, written by Roseneath’s co-founders, is the cornerstone of our 30th season and we are thrilled to be showcased at the National Arts Centre as part of their Family Day celebrations.” – Andrew Lamb

DIB AND DOB AND THE JOURNEY HOME
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Photo of Daniel Krolik and Colin Doyle by Mark Seow.

Written by David S. Craig and Robert Morgan

Directed by Andrew Lamb
Performed by Colin Doyle and Daniel Krolik
Sound Designer / Composer Rick Sacks
Set and Costume Designer Karyn MacCallum
Stage Manager Sandi Becker
Technical Director James Kendal

TORONTO: Free Toronto Launch Performances, Roseneath Studio, 651 Dufferin St, Jan 26 at 11am & 2pm RSVP: education@roseneath.ca
Roseneath tours to GTA Schools, January 27 – 31
Presented by Theatre Direct at the Wychwood Theatre, Feb 4-8
BURLINGTON: Burlington Arts Centre, Feb 14
OTTAWA: National Arts Centre’s 4th Stage, Feb 17-22

About the Play

Dib and Dob and the Journey Home is a comic adventure (with catchy songs and music) about two brothers who are lost and found. Wandering in the forest, Dib and Dob – always arguing in their unique Twinspeak – must overcome obstacles and
conquer their fears in order to find home. But imagination can turn the ordinary into the very, very scary! Broad comedy, sight gags, and gymnastics energize this fun-filled fable as the twins resolve their differences and rediscover
brotherly love. Guaranteed to keep your children laughing.

“…a delightful piece of theatre for young audiences that reminds us all just how exciting the theatrical voyage can be for any age.”   –Toronto Sun

About Roseneath Theatre’s 30th Anniversary Season

Roseneath Theatre has been a positive force in Theatre for Young Audiences in Canada and abroad for three decades, building an outstanding repertoire of original Canadian plays. The company’s work has been presented all over North America and to parts of Europe and the Pacific Rim, reaching an annual audience of up to 100,000 people.

Dib and Dob and the Journey Home will be followed up by a remount of Hannah Moscovitch’s critically acclaimed In This World (Toronto launch, High School tour) and the world premiere of Bea Pizano’s La Maleta (International Showcase, Toronto Launch and Middle School tour).

It will be a very busy couple of months for Artistic Director Andrew Lamb, who will be directing all three pieces. Says Lamb of Roseneath’s 30th Anniversary Season:

“I believe live theatre is a powerful catalyst for discussion around important issues and challenges facing today’s young people … This anniversary season celebrates the best of what has made Roseneath successful for three decades – premiering of a new work, remounting of productions from our repertoire and partnerships with other theatre companies in Canada.”

The first leg of Roseneath’s 30th Anniversary Season featured a SOLD-OUT Fall presentation of Betty Quan’s Wired, from Vancouver’s Green Thumb Theatre.

Roseneath Theatre was recently nominated for the Ontario Premier’s Award of Excellence in the Arts. Roseneath has also been nominated for 34 Dora Mavor Moore Awards and has won a total of 13 Awards.

This tour is made possible in part by a grant from the Ontario Arts Council’s National and International Touring program.

The Roseneath Family is Growing!

In this our 30th season, we are proud to announce the newest additions to the Roseneath family…and for a change they are all grown-up staff, not new babies!

IMG_9723Our first welcome is something of a welcome back to Education & Marketing Manager, Gretel Meyer Odell. Gretel first worked with Roseneath Theatre alongside former Artistic Directors David S. Craig and Robert Morgan as Stage Manager for The Book of Miracles, Health Class and Dib and Dob and the Journey Home (with the original casts).  You may also recognize Gretel as the originator of StoryMobs, – a flash mob style event where families come together to bring great children’s books to life and the designer of Fancy Pants Kids dress-up costumes for children. We are confident Gretel’s knack for engaging audiences of all ages will be a great asset for Roseneath.

jimlefrancois Next we are excited to welcome Jim LeFrancois as Roseneath’s new Development Associate. An award-winning artist and producer, Jim is probably best known as for his 10 seasons as Artistic Producer with Buddies in Bad Times Theatre. We expect you will be hearing soon from Jim, as he reaches out to current Friends of Roseneath and, with luck he’ll be making new Friends along the way.

Kat segoviaFinally we are pleased to introduce Kat Horzempa, our new Digital Media and Tour Coordinator. Traveler and theatre aficionado, Kat recently returned to Canada after spending the past two years teaching and producing theatre in Madrid, Spain. We are excited at the prospect of Kat’s newly-found language skills helping Roseneath to reach new audiences for this year’s production of La Maleta (The Suitcase) by Bea Pizano.

We hope you will join us in this warm welcome to our new family members.