RuBarb announces 2014-15 lineup

Nathan Liewicki
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Glenn Hagel, board chairman of RuBarb Productions Inc., Amanda Zarubin, vice-president of RuBarb, and Evie Koop Sawatzky, artistic director of RuBarb, pose with three posters of the non-profit theatre company's productions for the 2014-15 season on Monday. RuBarb announced six productions will take place next season. 

Canadian prairie debut highlights six new productions

Evie Koop Sawatzky admitted that the last six months have been a little hectic.

Evie Koop Sawatzky admitted that the last six months have been a little hectic.

“We made our announcement in November and started our season in December,” Sawatzky, the artistic director of RuBarb Productions Inc., said of the theatrical company’s 2013-14 season.

“That was a very quick, whirlwind period of time.”

With two productions – Disney’s Cinderella Kids and Singin’ in the Rain – still left on the slate for the current season, Sawatzky noted there is plenty of work to do before the 2014-15 season kicks into gear.

On Monday, however, Sawatzky was smiling from cheek to cheek as she announced RuBarb’s theatrical lineup for the 2014-15 season.

Six productions, including the Canadian prairie debut of Anne & Gilbert The Musical, will be performed on the Mae Wilson Theatre stage at the Moose Jaw Cultural Centre as part of the non-profit theatre company’s second season.

“We have an exciting season ahead of us,” said Glenn Hagel, RuBarb’s board chairman.

Although the opening curtain for Anne & Gilbert will not rise until July 30, 2015, According to Sawatzky, it’s never too early to announce theatrical productions.

“When it comes to tourism and preparing to welcome people, everyone works at a different schedule and we really want to make sure we are available to groups that are planning upcoming events.

“It’s a matter of making sure we can be prepared,” said Sawatzky. “With more preparation, there’s more we can offer, so we are excited about that.”

Sawatzky told the Times-Herald planning for the 2014-15 began last January.

The new season will kick off Oct. 2-5 with Letter from Wingfield Farm. The story of one man’s attempt to embrace a less complicated world, the production will explore the life of Walt Wingfield, who trades in his pinstripe suit for overalls on a big farm.

From Dec. 4-6, A Christmas Carol … The Radio Play, will kick start the holiday season. This fun, reimagined production of Charles Dickens’ timeless classic will include a visit from Father Christmas himself.

Written and directed by Sawatzky herself, Our Broadway Love Song will hit the Mae Wilson stage from Feb. 12-15, 2015. The discovery of wartime love letters by New York theatregoers leads them to the most unforgettable Valentine’s Day ever.

Set in a small British Columbia fishing town, The Girl in the Goldfish Bowl tells the story of 11-year-old Iris’s firm belief that her recently dead goldfish has returned in the form of the mysterious Mr. Lawrence. This production will hit the stage April 9-12, 2015.

From June 11-13, 2015, Disney’s Peter Pan – like Disney’s Cinderella Kids – will give children an opportunity to star in a modern version of a timeless Disney tale in the lone RuBarb Jr. production of the season.

The 2014-15 RuBarb season will wind up from July 30 to August 16 with Anne & Gilbert. The musical, adapted from Anne of Green Gables, is set in the beautiful Prince Edward Island countryside and includes a marriage proposal.

“It's a Canadian story and a Canadian musical, so it's great to share that national pride story that we can tell in a new way,” Sawatzky said of Anne & Gilbert.

Tickets for the upcoming RuBarb season are set to go on sale at the RuBarb office on Tuesday. Current season ticket holders will have until June 12 to renew their season seats.

For more information about ticket information for RuBarb’s 2014-15 season, contact office and production manager Ruth Koop at 306-693-1771, or via email at ruth@rubarb.ca.

Nathan Liewicki can be reached at 306-691-1256 or follow him on Twitter @liewicks

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