Rosebud blooms away in the Albertan Badlands

April 28th, 2009  |  Published in Twitter Stuff

What’s smaller than a hamlet?
Rosebud, Alberta. About 90 people live in this south west rural community and almost all of them are involved in the Rosebud Theatre. Celebrating its 26th season now, the theatre operates a theatre school along with its mainstage productions, about 5 of them a year. It has become a really big attraction, pulling in 40,000 visitors annually and producing plays that are family oriented. I like the fact that it has staged quite a few Canadian creations: Joanna Glass, Michel Tremblay, Lucia Frangione. I also like the fact that it was theatre that saved this tiny settlement from becoming a ghost town. In the 1980s a school teacher started up a theatre school in Rosebud and from then on it was all histrionic. The Opera House was renovated to accommodate 200, the Small Blessings country store housed the museum, the Mercantile Building became the restaurant. The food is delicious, by the way. A dozen signs within a few blocks give strollers an opportunity to read about the history of area, and the natural scenery lends its serene ambience to the scene.

Rosebud really is a ‘feel good’ story and the darling of Alberta Tourism, having won several awards in the last few years and triumphing against all odds. Its remote rural setting, for example, and the absence of the usual amenities, malls and accommodation. We visited there last fall and had an enjoyable day that blended exercise, good food, friendly people, history, and entertainment together in a really wholesome mix. You should go.

The 200 seat Opera House

The 200 seat Opera House

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