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Small-Town Prairie Comedy Rolls into Rosebud

W.O. Mitchell comedy Jake and the Kid: Prairie Seasons set to entertain Albertans this summer


                  “W.O. is beloved by Canadians as our cantankerous prairie literary icon.”

                                                                                              Morris Ertman, Artistic Director

 Rosebud, Alberta (May 11, 2011) – For most winter weary Albertans, summer can’t arrive fast enough.  Rosebud Theatre has

the answer to kick away those dreary winter blues.  Make plans to see the comedy of W.O. Mitchell’s Jake and the Kid: Prairie

Seasons playing this summer at the Rosebud Opera House. Opening Friday May 27, this humourous “growing up” story will

transport audiences back to fictional Crocus, Saskatchewan where a young boy and the family’s hired hand Jake forge a friendship

through the changing seasons. 

Artistic Director Morris Ertman notes, "It's been several years since we've put a W.O. Mitchell story on our stage. The last was

The Kite and it absolutely captured audiences with its small-town characters and antics. Rosebud is not unlike Crocus, Saskatchewan

- the setting for Jake and the Kid.  So, coming to see a W.O. Mitchell story here in this valley is akin to walking through a village right

out of  a W.O. Mitchell prairie novel and then entering the theatre to be entertained by his stories. Having a W. O. Mitchell story on our

summer stage is a huge treat! W.O. Mitchell and Rosebud were meant for each other.”

In 2005, Rosebud Theatre presented Mitchell’s The Kite that played to sold-out houses and almost 12,000 patrons. Audiences were

enthralled by the connection of W.O. Mitchell’s characters to their own communities. Of particular note in that production was the

character Daddy Sherry. “Nathan Schmidt pulled off a performance as Daddy Sherry that is still talked about as one of Rosebud's

funniest accomplishments,” says Ertman. “For this production he's changing clothes to play the title role of Jake and will tickle

audience funny bones with the same wit, humour and prairie town 'cantankouressness' that only W.O. Mitchell can create.


The Rosebud Mercantile has a brand new look. Inside you will also discover the Harvest Room and Wild Horse Jack’s Bistro & Grill.

When visiting Rosebud, plan to make a stop at the new Wild Horse Jack’s Bistro & Grill. Ertman encourages people to check it

out: “I am certain that if W.O. Mitchell was wandering the Alberta highways and came upon this restaurant, he'd find himself

at a table in the centre of the room, soaking up the atmosphere and identifying with the wild, wonderful energy of a village in rural

Alberta that reflects the size, quirkiness and life in his imagination."


Beginning Friday May 27, Jake and the Kid: Prairie Seasons plays on the Rosebud Theatre Opera House stage Wed-Sat until

July when it plays Wed-Sunday until August 28. Matinee and evening performances are available. Please call the Rosebud Theatre

Box Office for reservations at 1-800-267-7553. More information can be found at


The Cast: Nathan Schmidt as Jake; Conrad Belau as The Kid; Glenda Warkentin as Ma; Mike Thiessen as Old Man Gattenby

and The Mayor; Laura Gillespie as CBC Reporter


The Creative Team:  Director – Karl Sine; Musical Director - Bill Hamm; Set Design - Steve Waldschmidt; Costume Design –

Norma Roth; Head of Wardrobe - Jette Brown; Sound Design/Composition - Paul Zacharias; Stage Manager - Brad G. Graham;

Assistant Stage Managers - Amy Burks and Laura Gillespie

Interviews with Artistic Director, Morris Ertman and cast members are available upon request

The Rosebud Opera House as seen from the Rosebud Mercantile.

About Rosebud Theatre - Celebrating the 2011 Season

Rosebud Theatre, about an hour’s drive northeast of Calgary, is nestled in picturesque country hamlet of Rosebud, Alberta.

In its 28th season, Rosebud is one of Alberta’s premiere theatre companies and has gained an international reputation as

an excellent Canadian destination for high quality live theatre. In the past years, Rosebud Theatre has received multiple

awards including Travel Alberta’s Alberta Pride Alto Award, the “Rural Tourism Champion” award and the Rozsa Awards.

Annually, more than 40,000 patrons enjoy the “Rosebud Experience” of professional theatre, complemented by unique

dining, art galleries, museums and shopping. Rosebud is also home to Rosebud School of the Arts, a post-secondary

educational institution that offers conservatory training in theatre and music to students, many who advance to perform

in productions by Rosebud Theatre. Box Office: 1-800-267-7553

For information, interviews and/or hi-rez photos, please contact:

Mr. Neil Bousquet, APR, PR, Rosebud Theatre (403) 256-8834

Ms. Heather Little, Marketing Coordinator, Rosebud Theatre (403) 677-2350

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