There's a new hand on the tiller at Rosebud Theatre and School of the Arts.
Former Drumheller-Stettler MLA and PC cabinet minister Jack Hayden has been elected board chair, replacing Colin Jackson, who is stepping down.
"It's the number one destination theatre in the province," he informed 99.5 Drum FM. "It's pretty amazing, actually, what it's done over the years: it's an amazing story for Rosebud itself to have it sustainable and have something so great right in the community."
The Rosebud School of the Arts was started in 1977 and the theatre opened in 1983 in the hamlet of fewer than 100 residents.
"We're facing challenges like everyone else is right now," said Hayden. "People only have so much discretionary spending ability and they're very picky about where they spend their dollars, so it's going to be a challenge for a few more years, but Rosebud has been through it before."
"From our area's perspective, there's so many success stories from the Atlas Coal Mine to the Tyrrell Museum, so I've had some involvement in the different areas" noted the former Tourism Minister. "I'm certainly no actor, but I do love to see people working on the promotion to get more folks to discover Rosebud and enjoy the productions there."
Joining Hayden on the Rosebud Theatre board of directors are Murray Moore, Royal Sproule, Beth McLean-Wiest, Erna Regehr, Johann Zeitsman, Bob David, Christine Verdonck, Ross Roy and Frank Nickel, who is also Executive Director of Rosebud Centre of the Arts.
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