Artistic Director Message

Our Rosebud Arts Village is very much alive again. We’re rehearsing plays, building sets and costumes, serving food, and mentoring students. Spring has emerged in the wake of the COVID winter. What a marvellous idea - nature’s repeated pattern of spring emerging from the bleak of winter. And it’s at the centre of the story we’re performing on the Opera House stage.

Wrong will be right, when Aslan comes insight,
At the sound of his roar, sorrows will be no more,
When he bares his teeth, winter meets its death,
And when he shakes his mane, we shall have spring again.”

You guessed it! We’re performing Ron Reed’s stage adaptation of the C.S.Lewis classic The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. It’s a wonderful adaptation that brings a grown-up Peter and Lucy back to the Wardrobe room at Christmas, where they tell the story of Mr.Tumnus, Mr. and Mrs Beaver, Maugrim, The White Witch, and Aslan, in that time when they became High Kings and Queens of Narnia. As they recount the event, they become immersed in the adventure of memories they will never forget. They wind  up enacting the whole adventure. And the reality of Narnia emerges in a creative, magical way on our Opera House stage.

We’ve assembled an amazing cast to bring the story to life. Rosebud School of the Arts graduates Anna Dalgleish and Caleb Gordon come from successful careers in Calgary to join two mentorship students who whimsically aid in the staging of the story.

On our Studio stage Rosebud School of the Arts artists-in-training perform Almost, Maine by John Cariani - a collection of almost love stories set in the town of Almost, Maine. The story is light and funny, romantic and ridiculous.

Join us in Rosebud, where good food, good company, youthful energy, and plays that work their characters deep into your heart make for an amazing Christmas experience - all set in a valley that our guests describe as a kind of wonderland.  And I have to say, there are times where it looks a lot like Narnia.

Morris Ertman - Artistic Director