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Roseneath Theatre brings productions right into your school's gymnasium, cafetorium or auditorium – no buses, no permission forms, no wasted class time! Our high-quality professional productions are rooted in Ontario's curriculum as well as in key social justice and equity issues.  We support our plays with comprehensive teacher study guides which include detailed curriculum connections, classroom activities, resources and pre and post-show questions. Established in 1983, Roseneath gives up to 300 performances every year to approximately 100,000 young people, which makes us the largest professional touring theatre in Ontario. Our commitment to excellence has earned many accolades, including 43 Dora nominations and a total of 14 Awards. We are one of the country’s leading producers of award-winning touring theatre for children and their families and is the only company to have visited every single English-speaking school district in Ontario.  Our plays address issues that resonate with today’s youth, encouraging them to reflect on themselves and their place within the community. NOW BOOKING FOR THE 2018 SCHOOL YEAR

Janunary 22 – February 16, 2018 BIRDS OF A FEATHER  by Robert Watson A junior bird watcher’s adventure in Hawaii leads her to discover the Laysan Albatross whose families have similarities to her own.

Diversity in Families, Imagination, Cooperation, Friendship, Teamwork

March 19 – May 4, 2018 LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, BOYS AND GIRLS  by Dave Deveau Fiona has always felt different. Struggling with gender identity, Fiona cuts her hair short and asks family to start calling him Fin.

Gender Identity, Equity, Diversity

April 6 – May 18, 2018 SPIRIT HORSE  Native American adaptation by Drew Hayden Taylor from the Irish Play ‘Tir Na N’Og’ by Greg Banks When two Indigenous sisters go on a mystical journey with their horse Wildwind, their father must chase them down to save his family.  

Indigenous Culture, Racism, Bullying, Perseverance, Fairness, Respect

    School performances include a talkback session with the artists. No deposit required at time of booking.      

Credits: Illustrations by Claudia Dávila * Photos from the 2017 Roseneath Theatre Production of 'Birds of a Feather' – credit John Packman, featuring Bria McLaughlin and Michaela de Cesare; Photos from the 2017 Roseneath Theatre Production of 'Meet Cute' – credit John Packman, featuring Aldrin Bundoc and Margarita Valderrama; Photos from the 2015 Roseneath Theatre Production of 'Spirit Horse' – credit John Packman, featuring Brianne Tucker, Dakota Hebert, Timothy L. Hill, Alex Lamoureux


651 Dufferin Street, Toronto, ON M6K2B2
Ajax, Amherstburg, Aurora, Barrie, Belleville, Bracebridge, Bradford, West Gwillimbury, Brampton, Brant, Paris, Brantford, Brockville, Burlington, Caledon, Bolton, Cambridge, Chatham-Kent, Clarence-Rockland, Clarington, Bowmanville, Newcastle, Cobourg, Collingwood, Cornwall, East Gwillimbury, Holland Landing - Sharon, Elliot Lake, Erin, Essex, Fort Erie, Georgina, Keswick, Gravenhurst, Sudbury, Grand Sudbury, Grimsby, Guelph, Haldimand,  Halton, Georgetown, Hamilton, Hawkesbury, Huntsville, Ingersoll, Innisfil, (Alcona - Lefroy - Gilford), Kawartha Lakes, Lindsay, Kenora, Kingston, Kingsville, Kitchener, Lakeshore, Belle River, LaSalle, Leamington, Lincoln, (Beamsville), London, Markham, Midland, Milton, Mississauga, Mississippi Mills, (Almonte), Napanee, Greater Napanee, Newmarket, New Tecumseth, Alliston, Niagara Falls, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Norfolk, (Simcoe) North Bay, Oakville, Orangeville, Orillia, Oshawa, Ottawa, Owen Sound, Pelham, Pembroke, Petawawa, Peterborough, Pickering, Port Colborne, Port Hope, Prince Edward, Picton, Quinte West, Trenton, Richmond Hill, Sarnia, Saugeen, Shores, Port Elgin, Southampton, Sault Ste. Marie, St. Catharines, St. Thomas, Stratford, Tecumseh, Temiskaming Shores, Haileybury, New Liskeard, Thorold, Thunder Bay, Tillsonburg, Timmins, Toronto, Vaughan, Wasaga Beach, Waterloo, Welland, Whitby, Whitchurch-Stouffville, Windsor, Woodstock
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We are well aware not only of the artistic quality of the company's work, but of Roseneath's ongoing commitment to ensuring that their touring school performances also address many of the learning expectations outlined in the Ontario curriculum, as well as key learnings associated with other Ministry of Education guidelines.                                                      

-Ralph McIntosh, Rainbow District School Board

Feedback from Educators and Community Members

Spirit Horse Native American adaptation by Drew Hayden Taylor from the Irish Play ‘Tir Na N’Og’ by Greg Banks

"In more than 30 years as an educator I have seen many live performances, yours was by far the best I have had the priveledge to watch! It was amazing! A very powerful message and well worth the time!"

- Tom Corneil, Teacher, Granite Ridge EC

"The talk in our classroom afterward came easy! the kids were very moved by the performance and saw so many layers of thinking - race and racism, family, culture, wealth/poverty, alcoholism, fate, dreams, perseverance, denial, the list goes on..."
-Julia Schall, Teacher, Granite Ridge
"The show reinforced my students understanding of how we need to be aware of stereo-typing and bullying. It helped my students hear/see how using the inappropriate names we have talked about sound and how they make the victims feel. My students said it was really powerful."
-Vivian Gagne, Teacher, Woodland Heights

The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh by Chris Craddock

“Jamie Cavanaugh is smart, charismatic, feisty, and fiercely determined. She is also suffering from a physiological condition not of her making, which affects her behaviour. And yet this play is only peripherally about ADHD and its symptoms. The play really is about how young people deal with significant problems in their lives. It is about the nature of friendship. It is about understanding others, and the essence of empathy. It is about storytelling itself, and that everyone has a fascinating and unique story to tell.”

-Richard Greenblatt, Director

"ADHD is a prevalent issue in our schools, and one of the most misunderstood by teachers, parents and students alike.  Often mistaken for behaviour issues, the very real challenges these children face in their effort to make sense of an ever-changing world need to be understood by the people in their lives."

-Liane Shaw, Educator

"The play opens your eyes to a view of the world through a different pair of eyes. It helps you to build understanding."

-Sabrina M (grade 8 student)

Outside by Paul Dunn

“This is what our kids need!  Lecturing them on rules and issues in the abstract has little impact -- but this play made the issues real.  In that hour, our audience invested in three new friends in the characters on stage, and then experienced their struggles with them.  It was powerful.  I wish we could have this production back every two years.”

- Darcy McLenaghen, Teacher, Valley Park Middle School, Toronto District School Board

"Our school really benefited from this production.  It may take some time to see the effects on our students in our building, but it has promoted so many positive messages about inclusion and responsibility for our own actions that we will probably never see the many ways this will ripple into our students' (and staff's) lives."

- K. Fraser, Teacher, Holy Trinity Catholic High School, Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board

“Your actors are astonishing in their ability to respond to young people in a meaningful and respectful way.  The dialogue was outstanding from both audience and actors.”

- Mariam Racko, Teacher, Glenview Senior Public School, Toronto District School Board

"I think we need more of this rich and meaningful theatre to come to our schools in Toronto so our students can understand, appreciate and respect differences in our society without putting labels on anyone. I have never seen my kids so engaged and the questions they had for me when they came back to class were very meaningful and deep."

- Jyoti Bakshi, Teacher, Valley Park Middle School, Toronto District School Board

“Our students have never been better behaved in an assembly and this is because they were so engaged."

- Nick Stefanoff, Principal, Valley Park Middle School, Toronto District School Board

"Outside is honest. It empowers young people with a sense of responsibility. It is simply one of the best pieces of theatre for young audiences that I have encountered in recent memory."

-Brendan Healey, Artistic Director, Buddies in Bad Times Theatre

"Every young person deserves to feel safe at school. Sadly, this is not always the case for our LGBTQ youth, many of whom endure hateful comments and abuse. Outside uses the power of theatre to illustrate the devastating impact of homophobic bullying. Every student and teacher should see it."

-Jill Holroyd, Toronto PFLAG board member

The Money Tree by Robert Watson

"Students commented that they enjoyed the production, as did staff members.  As in many communities in Ontario, we have a diverse student population, some of whose parents struggle financially.  This production was able to shed light on the importance of maintaining healthy friendships with others who may not have the ability to purchase items that many students think are a necessity."

-Ellis Nyman, Principal - Algoma District School Board

"The Money Tree was an incredibly enjoyable performance for students and staff! The acting was terrific and all students (Kindergarten to Grade 6) were fully engaged in the play and in particular, the element of imagination throughout the story. As an educator I appreciate the different issues and big ideas that encouraged students' to think about friendship, the value of money, wants vs. needs, imagination, forgiveness, and understanding differences. Thank you for producing this relevant and engaging performance!"

-Teacher Feedback (name withheld) - TDSB

"Loved how it engaged students from all socio-economic levels."

-Stacey Wagler, Teacher – HSCDSB

"My staff were very positive about the experience and felt that it delivered a great message to their students."

-Mr. P. Friberg, Principal-TDSB

"The play was well-written and well-executed, from the acting to the set, costumes and technical effects. We received lots of positive feedback about each of the performances."

-Ralph McIntosh, Rainbow District School Board