Roseneath Theatre presents
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: 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 Annis by Robert Harding, standbygophotography.
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.