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Rosebud’s Queen Milli of Galt lands close to home for Ontario actor
Galt actor Heather Pattengale (who plays Milli) gives Prince Edward a run for his money.
When the handsome, young Prince Edward visits Galt, Ontario in the autumn of 1919 everyone wants to see him, everyone that is except Millicent Milroy. The feisty Milli would rather work in her garden than join the throngs hoping to catch even a glimpse of the king-to-be. An escape from his relentless schedule leads Edward down Milli’s garden path. When the two meet what begins as mutual disdain for each other, gradually evolves into an extraordinary romance that leads to the crowning of Queen Milli of Galt.
Pattengale, who was born in Galt, before it was renamed Cambridge, is familiar with Queen Milli’s story and has visited the tombstone that Milli erected following the death of the Prince of Wales.
“I first heard about Milli’s story when I worked for the Cambridge Historical Society. It’s a Cambridge urban myth. No one knows all the facts about her life, but I think the way the play frames her story is beautiful, and funny. In fact, I laughed out loud when I read the script for the first time. I love Milli. She’s feisty and won’t take any guff from anyone. She’s a real human being, who gives the prince a run for his money, which I think is great.”
Executive Director Morris Ertman comments, “This is one of the best plays I've worked on in a long time. It comes off the page like an entertainment rocket and then grabs your heart and never lets go. It's Rosebud Theatre’s must-see play of the season for those who want to leave the theatre feeling like every part of their entertainment hunger has been satisfied. I love this play, and I think audiences will too!”
Queen Milli of Galt Queen Milli of Galt is a “royally” funny romance that will capture your heart and spur you to create your own destiny. Queen Milli of Galt by Gary Kirkham runs at Rosebud Theatre from September 9, through October 22, 2011. For tickets and show times call 1-800-267-7553 or visit www.rosebudtheatre.com
Cast: Heather Pattengale as Milli; Karl Sine as Edward, Prince of Wales; Alysa van Haastert as Mona; Steve Waldschmidt as Godfrey; Marie Russell as Mrs. Milroy and Emma Cobb as the Journalist.
The Creative Team: Set Design by Norma Roth; Costume Design by Norma Roth; Lighting Design by Becky Halterman; Sound Design/Composition by Luke Ertman; Stage Manager - Justin Born and Assistant Stage Manager - Jesse Anderson.
About Rosebud Theatre - Celebrating the 2011 Season
Rosebud Theatre, about an hour’s drive northeast of Calgary, is nestled in picturesque country hamlet of Rosebud, Alberta. In its 28th season, Rosebud is one of Alberta’s premiere theatre companies and has gained an international reputation as an excellent Canadian destination for high quality live theatre. In the past years, Rosebud Theatre has received multiple awards including Travel Alberta’s “Alberta Pride” ALTO Award, the “Rural Tourism Champion” award and the Rozsa Awards. Annually, more than 40,000 patrons enjoy the “Rosebud Experience” of professional theatre, complemented by unique dining, art galleries, museums and shopping. Rosebud is also home to Rosebud School of the Arts, a post-secondary educational institution that offers conservatory training in theatre and music to students, many who advance to perform in productions by Rosebud Theatre. Box Office: 1-800-267-7553. www.rosebudtheatre.com
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Mr. Neil Bousquet, APR, Media Relations, Rosebud Theatre (403) 256-8834 firstname.lastname@example.org