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20/02 Feb 2020

Rosebud School of the Arts: Transforming lives, Transforming culture

by Laureen F. Guenther   Rosebud School of the Arts in the village of Rosebud, Alberta, offers post-secondary performing arts training that’s unique in Canada. The school began in 1973 as Rosebud Fine Arts Camps, founded by youth pastor and fine arts teacher, LaVerne Erickson. In 1977, the camps evolved into Rosebud School of the […]

20/01 Jan 2020

Rosebud Theatre’s 2020 season celebrates true stories

by Laureen F. Guenther   Rosebud Theatre, in the hamlet of Rosebud, Alberta, will produce five true stories in its 2020 season. The season opens with Glorious, April 17 to May 24, the story of Florence Foster Jenkins who loved to sing, but couldn’t hold a note. Jeany Van Meltebeke, resident actor, will play Florence. […]

20/01 Jan 2020

Eleemosynary at Fire Exit Theatre

Eleemosynary examines the delicate relationship of three women: a grandmother, Dorothea, who has sought to exert her independence through strong-willed eccentric behaviour, Artie her daughter, who has run from her overpowering mother, and Echo, Artie’s daughter, who is incredibly smart and equally sensitive. After Dorothea (who has raised Echo into her teens) suffers a stroke, […]

19/12 Dec 2019

Fire Exit Theatre to present stirring Babette’s Feast

by Laureen F. Guenther   Babette’s Feast, a play based on the short story by Isak Dinesen and produced by Fire Exit Theatre, will be performed in Calgary’s Arts Commons, December 11 to 15. “The story centers on these two sisters in the 1800s, in Norway,” says director Jeany Van Meltebeke Snider. “(They’re in a) […]

19/12 Dec 2019

Rosebud’s A Christmas Story good for the soul

By Laureen F. Guenther   A Christmas Story, a play by Philip Grecian and based on the classic 1983 movie, is playing at Rosebud Theatre until December 22. Narrator Ralph Parker (played by Aaron Krogman) guides us through the re-enactment of his most memorable boyhood Christmas. Ralphie (played by Rebbekah Ogden) is nine years old […]

19/11 NOV 2019

Rosebud Theatre offers up the classic A Christmas Story

by Laureen F. Guenther A Christmas Story, a play by Philip Grecian, opens at Rosebud Theatre, November 1, playing until December 22. The story, based on the classic 1983 movie, centers on Ralphie, growing up in the 1950s. His heart is set on getting a BB gun for Christmas. Young Ralphie is played by Rebbekah […]

19/10 Oct 2019

Rosebud Theatre’s, The Mountaintop, emotional impact

by Laureen F. Guenther   The Mountaintop, a play about Martin Luther King Jr.’s last night on earth, opened at Rosebud Theatre, September 13. It runs until October 19. Playwright Katori Hall gives us an imagined look at Martin Luther King’s last hours. A maid comes to his room late at night, but it turns […]

19/09 Sep 2019

Rosebud Theatre’s Mountaintop portrays human side of Martin Luther King Jr.

by Laureen F. Guenther   “The Mountaintop is a fictional account by Katori Hall, an American black playwright, about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s last night on earth,” says Ray Strachan, the Winnipeg-based actor who’s playing the role of King. “It’s a two-person play and the other character, Camae, who works at the motel, kind of […]

19/09 Sep 2019

Fire Exit Theatre announces 18th season

by Laureen F. Guenther   Calgary’s Fire Exit Theatre opens its 18th season on September 20, with Taste and See, a season launch celebration and fundraiser. “Taste & See is … a great way to start our year getting our patrons excited for what’s coming,” says Val Lieske, Managing Artistic Director. The non-formal event is […]

19/06 June 2019

Rosebud Theatre produces true story of Lilia

by Laureen F. Guenther   Lilia, a play by a granddaughter about her own larger-than-life grandmother, will be performed on Rosebud Theatre’s BMO Studio Stage from July 5 to August 31. Lilia Skala fled the Nazi regime in her homeland of Austria, and fled with her young sons to New York as refugees. Trained as […]