I can’t tell you how excited I am to be here in Rosebud. After a lifetime of living in Vancouver, my wife and I absolutely love our new province and the Rosebud community. That’s what I’ve learned firsthand — that the “Rosebud Experience” is simply another way of saying “welcome to the family”. Thanks to many of you, I already feel like I’m home and for that I am grateful.
I’ve also learned that showing someone the Rosebud Experience is way easier than trying to tell them about it! From the magic of the prairie drive, to the relaxed atmosphere of walking around the hamlet, to the homestyle buffet full of comfort food, to the dinner musicians, gift shops, and yes, amazing professional theatre in the heart of rural Alberta, Rosebud is a one of a kind experience. I can try and write more words, but the honest, simple truth, is you should just come and see for yourself.
On behalf of everyone in the hamlet of Rosebud, I invite you to create your own “Rosebud Experience” and join the family. See you at the theatre!
We have a party of plays that will tickle your funny-bone, cause you to sing at the top of your lungs, celebrate your great big life, and intrigue, inspire and bless you. And we will stage them in ways that promise to capture your imagination. Our collective passion is expressing great big heart-filled stories that invite interaction between live performers and audience members. We love that place where the stage blurs into the lives of the people in the audience, so that it feels as if a play were tailormade for every single person who has travelled the distance to participate. It’s where the magic of the theatre lies. Our stages are intimate venues that deliver the heart of our performers into every single seat in the house. And your presence is the magic ingredient that makes all that possible. It’ll be a bit of an adventure!
We’ll visit the deep south in a story about an elderly woman and her driver that breaks the boundaries of race and class to grow a deep and abiding friendship. We’ll travel east to witness the musical story of Joseph and his coat of many colours. We’ll visit an Amish community that practices a radical grace in the wake of horrible tragedy. We’ll go to the beginning of time, in Mark Twain’s witty, loony telling of the first ever love story. And we’ll get mysterious at Christmas when legendary detective, Sherlock Holmes, is visited by three spirits that seek to save his hardened Scrooge-like soul.
We’ll put it all in the hands of our resident company of artists who will share the stage with amazing guest artists and youthful talent never seen on our stage before. We’ll share our hearts with all of you in this collection of amazing plays chosen to celebrate our 35th Anniversary!
At first glance, Rosebud is a typical prairie hamlet. Nestled in a cozy river valley that winds through fields of wheat and magnificent badlands, Rosebud is a peacefully picturesque community with rural roots and country charm. There is no gas station, no convenience store, and fewer than 100 residents, but Rosebud is a vital tourist and fine arts community visited by over 35,000 people every year.
In 1973, LaVerne Erickson, started the Rosebud Camp of the Arts as a summer outreach program for Calgary youth who had rarely been outside of the city. The summer programs soon expanded into weekend vacations throughout the school year and in 1977 the Rosebud Fine Arts High School was formed with five students attending.
As part of Rosebud’s centenary in 1983, the School’s drama department launched the Rosebud Historical Music Theatre. Staff and students wrote the play, rehearsed it, and performed it on an outdoor stage, drawing hundreds of interested theatre goers. Thus began the widely-acclaimed Rosebud Theatre which now attracts thousands annually to its productions.
Fast-forward to today and Rosebud School of the Arts is now a post-secondary guild school focussed on theatre, music and creative arts ministry training and Rosebud Theatre produces professional plays throughout the year at two venues, the Rosebud Opera House and at the BMO Studio Stage. Offering matinee and evening shows up to seven times a week, each Opera House performance includes a full buffet and live dinner music in the quaint setting of the historic Haskayne-Kenney Mercantile.
Rosebud Theatre, however, presents more than theatre, we offer an experience. From the moment you step into your vehicle to make the journey to Rosebud, to your return home, your visit in our community and the captivating story on stage will create fond memories. Soon you will be planning your next visit.
Rosebud Theatre is located on Highway 840, in Rosebud, Alberta, Canada approximately 100 km northeast of Calgary, and 35 km southwest of Drumheller. The name Rosebud derives from the native term Akokiniskway, which means “valley of roses.”