On Oct. 28, Rosebud Theatre wrapped up its latest stage production of The Christians, a one-act play that featured a Pastor who had a revelation which deeply impacted him, his family and his congregation.
Frank Nickel is the Executive Director at Rosebud Theatre. He says the show was a different type of play for Rosebud to have performed.
"We just finished The Christians and it was a challenging show for Rosebud in terms of our box office attendance," he explained. "But, those who did see it had a really great time at the show. It was really moving."
One of the more interesting parts of The Christians was a series of talk backs after the show. Interested guests were able to return to the theatre after the play to discuss the play's heavy issues and messages with the actors.
"We had talk backs after every show. They ranged from deep theological discussions to the current corporate greed. They were really challenging questions, but we had some terrific feedback from our audience members who loved the show and loved the talk backs."
The talk backs were not contractually required by the playwright Lucas Hnath for The Christians. The choice to include them was Rosebud Theatre's and the decision turned out to be a good one.
"It was interesting that most of the talk backs in the beginning -- the first week or two -- were predominantly driven by males asking questions," elaborated Nickel. "After that initial couple of weeks, it turned into 50-50."
The Christians was a highly-anticipated play for Rosebud Theatre. The performance received four stars and was deemed one of the must-see shows of the fall by The Globe and Mail.
Rosebud's next play is Cariboo Magi. Nickel said the theatre is busy working towards opening night on Nov. 10.
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