By Laureen F. Guenther Times Contributor
Rosebud Theatre announced the plays on Sept. 30 for its 2018 season, which is the 35th anniversary for the theatre, where the first play was performed in 1983.
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat is the centrepiece of the 2018 season, running June 1 to Sept. 1 on the Opera House stage. This family musical, written by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, was nominated for six Tony awards. It tells the biblical story of Joseph, whose father favoured him, giving him a beautiful, multi-coloured coat. Joseph’s story takes us on the victorious story from his brothers’ rejection to a powerful position in the Egyptian court.
Driving Miss Daisy opens the season. It runs April 6 to May 19 on the Opera House stage. Judith Buchan will play Daisy, an elderly southern white woman whose son forces her to give up driving, and Tom Pickett will play Hoke, the younger black man who is hired as her chauffeur – and unexpectedly, over the course of 25 years, also becomes her friend. Driving Miss Daisy received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and an award for Best Off-Broadway Play. The film by the same name received Academy Awards for Best Picture and Best Adapted Screenplay.
The Amish Project also plays during the summer, on Rosebud’s BMO Studio Stage. The story is loosely based on the 2006 shooting of several Amish girls at their school in Nickel Mines, Pennsylvania, and The Amish Project explores the community’s response of forgiveness and compassion toward the shooter’s family. The play runs July 6 to Sept. 1.
Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam and Eve, a romantic comedy, hits the Opera House Sept. 7, running until Oct. 20. It’s a twist on the biblical story of the world’s first two people, how they get to know each other and somehow, maybe, manage to fall in love.
Sherlock Holmes and the Case of the Christmas Carol is on the Opera House stage from Nov. 2 to Dec. 23. Sherlock Holmes is in a Scrooge-like mood, and it’s Christmastime. His arch-enemy Professor Moriarty comes to see him, threatening Holmes with the visits of three spirits who’ll teach him a Christmas lesson that’s guaranteed to improve his attitude.
Plays run Wednesday to Saturday, with matinee and evening performances for Opera House shows. Opera House tickets typically include a buffet meal, and for this season, Rosebud Theatre is also introducing a limited number of theatre-only tickets.
Three additional events will supplement the plays this season. Wingfield’s Inferno, the sixth play in the one-man Wingfield series performed by Rod Beattie, will be in the Opera House, March 9 and 10. The Rosebud Chamber Music Festival will perform in Rosebud Church on Aug. 10 and 12.
The 15 Minutes of Fame, the outdoor music festival, will be held on the festival greenspace, Aug. 26.
Season’s tickets are on sale until Dec. 23, with several new types of ticket packages available. Single tickets go on sale Nov. 10.
Call 1-800-267-7553 or see rosebudtheatre.com for more information.