Theatre company, based in the small community of Rosebud (population 100), near Drumheller, southern Alberta. The name Rosebud derives from the Blackfoot term, Akokiniskway, which means valley of roses. The 230-seat mainstage “Opera House” is a converted granary. The Studio venue seats 70.
Rosebud Theatre originated in 1973 with the establishment of a summer drama camp for troubled city youth by Calgary teacher, LaVerne Erickson, which evolved into a Christian fine arts high school in 1977, and then a post-secondary theatre school in 1986. The conservatory-style theatre school runs several programs for students from across Canada and beyond.
The Artistic Director is award-winning designer and director Morris Ertman, who first came to Rosebud in 1998 to direct a new musical entitled Cottonpatch Gospel, and became AD in 2002.
The season runs from March to December, featuring five or six plays. Productions are typically musicals and plays with a spiritual and community values orientation: Trying by Joanna McClelland Glass; Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat (2006); Fiddler on the Roof (2008); For the Pleasure of Seeing Her Again (Studio Stage) by Michel Tremblay; Damaien by Aldyth Morris; Christmas on the Air by Lucia Frangione; Mary's Wedding (2009) by Stephen Massicotte; Confessions of a Paperboy (2009) by Doug Curtis; Chickens by Frangione (2014); I, Claudia by Kristen Thomson; Doubt: A Parable (2014); The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe (2014).
The theatre has a wide popular appeal, with audiences of forty thousand a year enjoying the local ambience and country supper before the performances.
Last updated 2014-03-10