Rosebud Theatre Living Large in 2019


Bright Star

It’s all about living and Rosebud Theatre is ready to make that point with five outstanding plays including Bright Star and The Mountaintop.

The theme for the season is “LIVE LIFE”. Artistic Director Morris Ertman says 2019 is about people who live life fully. Visitors to Rosebud Theatre will find the stories and their characters definitely exude that notion of not holding back and enjoying the fulfillment life brings.

“They’re the best stories – the ones where living life to the fullest creates drama that gives us everything from laughter to tears to deep and abiding gratefulness for the gift of it all,” says Ertman.

Rosebud Theatre is one of Alberta’s premiere theatre companies with an international reputation as an excellent Canadian destination for live theatre. In 2012, it was named one of the 25 Most Innovative Organizations by Alberta Venture Magazine.

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Rosebud is 36 kilometres away from Drumheller so getting there is easy. With a population of less than 100 people (at least as of the 2016 Census of Population conducted by Statistics Canada, where Rosebud recorded a whopping population of 87), the theatre really is the only thing this place has going for it.  But trust us, the theatre is more than enough. Every year Rosebud Theatre seems to outdo itself with thoughtful lineups and outstanding acting. 

Now in its 36th season, Rosebud Theatre is back for a brand new year with a lineup that won’t disappoint. If you are planning a trip to Alberta live a little and head for Rosebud Theatre.


Bright Star (March 29 to May 25)
In the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina, literary editor Alice Murphy meets aspiring writer Billy Cane, a young soldier back from WWII. They form a unique connection which sets Alice on a journey into the bittersweet tapestry of her past. Could this be her long-lost son?


The Kite

The Kite (June 7 to August 31)
Daddy Sherry is 111 years old, and the town is planning a surprise birthday party. The CBC has arrived to interview the old coot, but Daddy Sherry doesn’t care. He’s too busy getting even with Mrs. Allerdice’s yappy dog. He’s speaking his mind and there’s nothing anybody can do about it!



Lilia! (July 5 to August 31)
Austrian stage actress Lilia Skala flees the Third Reich, escaping to New York City, where she finds herself working in a zipper factory to make ends meet. But the resilient faith that carried her across the ocean brings her back to her passions— the stage and the silver screen—eventually sharing the Oscar stage with Sydney Poitier for her portrayal of the Mother Superior in Lilies of the Field .


The Mountaintop

The Mountaintop (September 13 to October 19)
An angel posing as a maid is sent to the hotel room of Martin Luther King, Jr. on the night before his assassination. What transpires is an inspiring look at the frailties and triumphs of two people who have been to the “mountaintop”.


A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story (November 1 to December 22)
Christmas is coming and little Ralphie really wants a BB gun. His “Old Man” wins a tacky leg lamp that his Mom is none too happy about. The furnace explodes. And the neighbourhood dogs steal the turkey right out of the oven. It’s a crazy family Christmas where everything that could possibly go wrong, does.

— With thanks to Rosebud Theatre


Location: 102 Railway Ave
Telephone: 1-403-677-2001 or 1-800-267-7553 (toll free)
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Travel Alberta:


You’ve visited Rosebud and had a great time at the theatre. If you have some daylight left and would like to see some breathtaking sights on the way home, consider checking out some of the most beautiful natural earth formations the Badlands has to offer. Take a spin out to Horsethief Canyon (55 minutes north), Horseshoe Canyon (36 minutes north) or Drumheller Hoodoos (41 minutes north). If you aren’t accustomed to the unique geography of this region, it’s worth the trip.


Rod has previously worked for 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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