ROSEBUD – The latest production at the Rosebud Theatre, “Queen Milli of Galt”, took to the stage on Sept. 9. Since then, it has become a fan favorite.
Members of Rosebud Theatre have said that audience feedback has been very positive because it is a feel good play has just the right mix of laughs, tears and love to make it a truly memorable experience for the entire family.
The Rosebud Theatre’s Facebook page shows audience feedback: “Queen Milli is an amazing play! We laughed until it hurt. The actors were all absolutely fabulous. At one point I turned to my wife and said ‘I can’t honestly tell if these guys are acting – or if they are actually having this much fun’ Well done Rosebud – if you are thinking of going – don’t think – Just Do IT – you will NOT be disappointed!”
The charming and humorous show is heading into it’s final week, and will close on Oct. 22.
“Queen Milli of Galt” begins with a young journalist showing up in the yard of elderly Millicent “Milli” Milroy of Galt, Ontario. She is pressing for an answer as to why Milli has had her tombstone engraved stating she is the wife of Edward VIII, Duke of Windsor. Milli allows the journalist one question, and the audience is then taken back to the fall of 1919 to witness how the unlikely romance between Milli and Edward, then known as the Prince of Wales, began.
The set for “Queen Milli” is minimal yet elegant and the props are limited. Lighting is used more than anything to create the right mood and atmosphere. This gives the cast more space to interact both with one another as well as the audience.
“Queen Milli of Galt” features a relatively small cast, but they are chosen well by director Morris Ertman. Heather Pattengale is a perfect choice for Milli, who portrays a feisty yet passionate young woman. Karl Sine is equally as entertaining, delivering some of the wittiest one-liners as Edward. He and Steve Waldschmidt, who takes on the role of his assistant, Godfrey, play off one another throughout both acts and make for some of the most humorous scenes.
Alysa van Haastert, Marie Russell, and Emma Cobb make up the rest of the cast as Mona, Mrs. Milroy, and the Journalist, respectively. All deliver memorable performances.
Gary Kirkham’s “Queen Milli of Galt” has been performed across Canada, and now it is wrapping up it’s run on the Rosebud Theatre stage.
For your last chance to catch the “royally funny” romance with a surprise ending, call the box office at 1-800-267-7553.
Just in time for the holiday season and to finish off 2011 in Rosebud will be the musical “The Gifts of the Magi.” The story follows Jim and Della, who are out of work and penniless in New York city at Christmas time. In the desire to give each other something meaningful, they give away more than expected. This classic story is framed by a host of characters who scurry through the streets preparing for Christmas, including a paperboy and an old man who is not above doing something illegal in order to spend a few nights in a warm jail.
“The Gifts of the Magi” will run from Nov. 4 to Dec. 23. For more info, visit rosebudtheatre.com.