Rosebud Theatre has wrapped up its 2017 musical show.

The Spitfire Grill ran from June 16 to Sept. 2 and included actors from the nearby Rosebud School of the Arts and Calgary actress Elinor Holt. Rosebud Theatre described the story as "a feisty parolee starts over again in a small town and finds herself working at the Spitfire Grill."

Morris Ertman directed this summer's musical and was happy with the turnout of over 9,600 people.

"People really loved the show. I was going through the comments the other day and there were four pages of glowing comments from people that really enjoyed the story, enjoyed the music and for whom the show really touched them deeply."

Although this wasn't Rosebud Theatre's first musical performance, Ertman cautioned that musicals are always a little bit riskier than non-musical plays.

"When you're dealing with music, number one, the rehearsal period requires more time, just because you've got to make sure that that really works." He continued, "there's less room for, I'll say, error, because the music actually carries the emotional weight of the show."

Heather Little of Rosebud Theatre's Marketing department was coy on whether or not The Spitfire Grill would return to Rosebud. Ertman was not as reserved when talking about what the theatre has lined up for next year.

"We're getting ready for 2018. Suffice it to say that there's a musical in the line-up that I think will get everyone really, really excited."

Rosebud Theatre's next show -- The Christians -- opens on Sept. 22 and runs through Oct. 28.

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