Miss Daisy drives Rosebud into new season


Rosebud Theatre lineup includes Driving Miss Daisy starring Judith Buchan as Daisy Werthan and Tom Pickett as Hoke Coleburn. (Photo Courtesy Rosebud Theatre)

Story by Rod Charles
Vacay.ca Deputy Editor

Made famous by the 1989 film starring Morgan Freeman and Jessica Tandy, Rosebud Theatre’s production of Driving Miss Daisy about a cantankerous old widow of wealth and her new chauffeur is bound to be a highlight this year.

“I saw a production of Driving Miss Daisy years ago now, and have been waiting for the right time to offer this show on our stage.” writes Artistic Director Morris Ertman about the play starring Judith Buchan as Daisy Werthan, Tom Pickett as Hoke Coleburn and Paul F. Muir as Boolie Werthan. “The experience was so intimately powerful, it made an indelible impression on me. Tom Pickett played Hoke in that production and we’re pleased to say he will be joining us in Rosebud to reprise the role! The man exudes warmth, strength, humility and grace. Tom and this show are a gift.”

One thing I love about Rosebud is the marvelous job they do producing unique, bold and fun plays and this year is no different. If you enjoy a good mystery, Sherlock Holmes & the Case of the Christmas Carol is just what you need. A ‘buffet and show’ event called  Wingfield’s Inferno, a play about a man who leads the charge to get the Orange Hall in Larkpur rebuilt after a devastating fire, will have a limited production on March 9 and 10.

Rosebud Theatre is a hidden gem in Alberta. (Photo by Randall Wiebe)

Rosebud Theatre an Alberta Favourite

Located in the hamlet of Rosebud in the middle of the Canadian Badlands an hour drive from Calgray, Rosebud Theatre is a popular attraction that draws more than 40,000 people a year. An outstanding accomplishment for a community theatre in the middle of the country in a village with fewer than 100 residents.

The theatre, now in its 35th year, started out as a part of Rosebud School of the Arts. Among the many awards Rosebud Theatre has received is Travel Alberta’s “Alberta Pride” ALTO Award, the Rural Tourism Champion award and recognition from the Rozsa Awards. Last year Rosebud Theatre was a finalist for the Arts & Culture Award of Distinction by Alberta Chambers of Commerce.

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Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat starring Daniel Fong. (Photo Courtesy Rosebud Theatre)

Running from June 1st until September is Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, starring Daniel Fong as Joseph, with Cassia Schmidt narrating. The play broke box office records 11 years ago when it last appeared at Rosebud Theatre. Other performances include The Amish Project and Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam & Eve.

There is more good news – 15 Minutes of Fame, Rosebud’s outdoor, end of summer music festival is back for a 13th season. The festival will take place beside the Opera House on August 26 and will include local emerging artists.


Website: https://rosebudtheatre.com/
Phone: 1-800-267-7553 / local number 403-677-2001
Ticket Information: https://rosebudtheatre.com/box-office
Show Listings: https://rosebudtheatre.com/32-shows

Rod has previously worked for Canoe.ca and is currently freelancing for Huffington Post Travel. He’s also written travel articles for the Toronto Star and Up! Magazine. Living in Toronto but raised in the small central Ontario village of Holstein, Rod is a country boy at heart who has never met a farmer’s market he didn’t like.

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