SYNOPSIS: 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. #RoseneathMoneyTree
Outstanding New Play – Robert Watson
Outstanding Performance – Ensemble – Joshua Stodart, Rong Fu, Heather Marie Annis
Curriculum Connections: Financial Literacy, Social Studies, Language
Character Education Connections: Responsibility, Empathy, Integrity
Themes: Friendship, Classism, Equity, Identity, Bullying
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School performances include a talkback session with the artists. No deposit required at time of booking.
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.
THE MONEY TREE launched Roseneath’s 2014-15 season, programmed to coincide with Financial Literacy Month (November). This production introduces elementary audiences (Grades K-6) to notions of financial literacy by exploring the idea of ‘needs vs. wants’ and affirming the power of imagination and creativity.
The Money Tree is written by Robert Watson, directed by Andrew Lamb, set and costume designed by Lindsay C. Walker, and sound designed by Rick Sacks.