W.O. Mitchell’s The Kite on stage at Rose­bud un­til Au­gust 31

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There is still time to take in Rose­bud theatre’s retelling of W.O. Mitchell’s Cana­di­ana clas­sic The Kite.

This is Rose­bud Theatre’s sum­mer pro­duc­tion, retelling the story of a CBC jour­nal­ist try­ing to se­cure an in­ter­view with Daddy Sherry, Canada’s old­est man, on the eve of a sur­prise birth­day party.

Rose­bud has staged the play be­fore, more than a decade ago. One con­nec­tion to that pro­duc­tion is Nathan Sch­midt, who is back play­ing the lead as Daddy Sherry.

“Nathan Sch­midt’s per­for­mance as Daddy Sherry over a decade ago is one of the most talked-about comedic per­for­mances on our stage. When I read the script again, I laughed out loud! I think that if W.O. Mitchell lived to be 117, he’d be as can­tan­ker­ous as Daddy Sherry, said Rose­bud’s artis­tic di­rec­tor Mor­ris Ert­man.

The play runs Wed­nes­day through Saturday for the rest of Au­gust at the Rose­bud Opera House.

After that, Rose­bud Theatre shifts gears for its fall per­for­mance called the Moun­tain­top by Amer­i­can play­wright Ka­tori Hall.

This a fic­tion­al­ized de­pic­tion of Martin Luther King’s last night on earth in his ho­tel room. There, he is joined by Ca­mae, an an­gel dis­guised as a maid who re­veals she is there to col­lect King and bring him to heaven.

“I have been ob­sessed with the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. since col­lege. And this fic­tion about an en­counter with an an­gel the night be­fore he is shot is so pow­er­ful. It con­tex­tu­al­izes a per­son whose life in­spired so many, in­clud­ing this sto­ry­teller,” said Ert­man.

The Moun­tain­top opens on Fri­day, Septem­ber 13.

Sub­mit­ted

Rose­bud’s pro­duc­tion of W.O. Mitchell’s The Kite con­tin­ues un­til Au­gust 31. Its fall pro­duc­tion of The Moun­tain­top opens on Septem­ber 13.

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