In memoriam: Ed Rosing

Ed Rosing – during a break in scenic painting on The Lady’s Not For Burning at Alumnae Theatre

Ed Rosing

March 11, 1929 – September 12, 2016

Ed Rosing (aka Eddie, Eduardo) was a creative soul with a quick, sharp wit, and a great love of classical music, opera and theatre. He played piano, was an original founding member of Cabbagetown Theatre, and worked as a respected interior decorator (into his late 80s, he still had two clients!), as well as a theatre set and lighting designer, scenic artist and director.

Ed and Cody Boyd, working on the lighting for The Lady’s Not For Burning at Alumnae Theatre

I met Ed at Alumnae Theatre and got to know him during a production of Lady Windermere’s Fan, where he was the lighting designer and I was playing Cecil Graham. His gorgeous lighting plot included a gradual sunset during the opening scenes and a lovely fireplace lit room for Lord Darlington’s apartment (a cast and audience favourite). After that, I had the pleasure of painting sets he and others designed, as well as his apartment at PAL Toronto, and being directed by him in a New Ideas Festival reading of Jamie Johnson’s Falling.

He was a good friend, and a generous and knowledgeable mentor – and I will miss him.

Ed & Bailey at Kensington Hospice – photo by Brett Guenther

Memorial donations can be made to Kensington Hospice, where Ed spent his final days, surrounded by loving friends and family (and even a dog or two), and caring staff and volunteers. A home away from home, Ed appreciated the comfortable and beautiful surroundings – and especially enjoyed the food – listening to classical music and watching movies and TV shows on Netflix (Murdoch Mysteries was a favourite).

Wherever he is, I’m sure he’s already coming up with ideas to make it even more startlingly beautiful.

Below are some snaps I took of some of his Alumnae Theatre sets: Cosi, The Drowning Girls, The Lady’s Not For Burning and Blood Relations:


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Panto-style comedy fun for all ages – Cabbagetown Theatre’s Cinderella…if the shoe fits!

So much fun this afternoon at the 1 p.m. matinée of Cabbagetown Theatre’s Cinderella…if the shoe fits!

Writer/director Kim Sprenger had a hand with the script from Liam Doherty, Stephen Flett and assistant director Basil Tamkei, as well as the cast; this is a show that was written with both adults and kids in mind, with plenty of laughs and fun for everyone. Cinderella features an amazingly funny and talented group of actors, including Cabbagetown Theatre veteran Wendy Akerboom (Fairy Godmother), Adriana Crivici (stepsister Willa), Michael Man (Prince Charming), Jennifer Monteith (Cinderella), Eunjung Nam (stepsister Nilla) and Tennille Read (Stepmama).

A small but appreciative audience came out for the second matinée of the day (they do 5 shows a day on Sat. & Sun.), braving the rain to join in the fun. And what big fun it was! Akerboom is hilarious as the saucy Scottish Fairy Godmother, opening the show reading Fifty Shades of Grey to herself (a little something for the grown-ups in the audience) – as this is a family show, she was reading silently – then asking the audience for a suitable family-friendly story to tell. Monteith is adorable as the BBQ-loving Cinderella, dreaming of being invited to a party as a guest one day, instead of as the hired help. Crivici is hysterically goofy as stepsister Willa, while Nam is a riot as the vacuous mean girl stepsister Nilla – and Read takes the mean hot mama role to a whole new level with her cougar on the prowl Stepmama, ginormous fake eyelashes, slinky dress and all. Man gives Prince Charming a sweet, dreamy gentlemanly quality, politely putting up with the step family’s shenanigans during his pursuit of the lovely, mysterious young woman he danced with at the ball.

The minimalist and colourful set, designed by Debbie Wong, evoked a fairytale world with its painted canvas backdrop and hanging printed fabric. And some really nice staging too, from the various styles of dance choreography employed during the ballroom scene to the slow motion action of the step family tossing Cinderella into the cellar when the Prince comes to call with the glass slipper. Engaging and inclusive, there’s audience participation – and you may be the one to catch Stepmama’s eye.

A nice modern adaptation of the story, with references to Facebook, Twitter and texting. And I loved the modern-day ending too – but you’ll have to go see that for yourself. It’s a happy finale for all, as the Fairy Godmother gets things going, inspiring an all-out dance party that segues into the curtain call – all to the music of Spirit of the West’s “Home for a Rest.” And you gotta love that.

You still have several chances to see Cinderella…if the shoe fits! Tomorrow (Sun, Sept 9), there are five matinée performances: noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. & 4 p.m. at the Necropolis Chapel (200 Winchester St., Toronto – across from Riverdale Farm). The show runs about 30 minutes and tickets are $5.

And, while you’re there, check out the vendors and exhibits at the festival. The Cabbagetown Festival, which also wraps up tomorrow.

Just in case you missed these pics from the teaser post, here they are again:

Wendy Ackerboom as the Scottish Fairy Godmother
Jennifer Monteith as the BBQ-obsessed Cinderella
Eunjung Nam & Adriana Crivici as Willa & Nilla


Big wacky panto fun coming up with Cinderella…if the shoe fits! @ Cabbagetown Festival

Get ready for some big wacky fun with Cabbagetown Theatre’s panto production of Cinderella…if the shoe fits! at this year’s Cabbagetown Festival, opening Friday, September 7 at the Necropolis Chapel.

Here’s what the folks at Cabbagetown Theatre have to say about the production:

Join the adventures of a BBQ-obsessed Cinderella as she attempts to break a branch off the family tree and escape the torments of her nasty family. Fairy Godmother lends a helping hand to get Cinderella to the Prince’s Ball, where she must compete against her dance-challenged stepsisters and man-magnet Stepmama for the Prince’s affections. Will the shoe fit? Audiences will have to find out!!

Cinderella…if the shoe fits! is written and directed by Kim Sprenger, featuring the talents of returning favourite Wendy Akerboom as Fairy Godmother with Jennifer Monteith as Cinderella; Tennille Read as the cougar-iffic Stepmama; Adriana Crivici and Eun Jung Nam as the nasty stepsisters, Willa and Nilla; and Michael Man as the ever-so-charming Prince.

Cinderella…if the shoe fits! runs at the Necropolis Chapel (200 Winchester St., Toronto – across from Riverdale Farm) Fri, Sept 7 – Sun, Sept 9. Performances are: Fri, Sept 7 at 7:30  p.m., with shows at noon, 1 p.m., 2 p.m., 3 p.m. & 4 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The show runs 30 minutes and tickets are $5.

And, while you’re there, check out the vendors and exhibits at the festival. The Cabbagetown Festival runs Thurs, Sept 6 – Sun, Sept 9.

Wendy Ackerboom as the Scottish Fairy Godmother
Jennifer Monteith as the BBQ-obsessed Cinderella
Eun Jung Nam & Adriana Crivici as Willa & Nilla











DEPARTMENT OF CORRECTIONS: In the post about TIFF, I incorrectly listed the opening as this past Sunday (which was actually the day single tickets went on sale). The festival opens today (Thurs, Sept 6). The error has been corrected in the original post.

No Sweetheart Required @ Whistler’s Grille & Cafe

Was off sick today, but wanted to get this out there, as they open next week – and I highly recommend making a reservation.

Yep, it’s that time of year again. No, I’m not talking about Groundhog Day. It’s time for Cabbagetown Theatre’s No Sweetheart Required cabaret, running Feb 9 – 14 at Whistler’s Grille and Cafe. Go for dinner and the show, or just the show.

Here are the details, straight from one of the producers:

Cabbagetown Theatre Company presents the 2012 edition of No Sweetheart Required, the Valentine’s festival for people with and without sweethearts, from Thursday, February 9 through Tuesday, February 14 at 8 p.m. at Whistler’s Grille and Cafe, 995 Broadview Avenue at Pottery Road. It’s a cabaret evening of short and sassy comedies plus musical interludes and tickets are only $20 with a $10 “Sweet Deal” offered on February 9 and 13.

Buy a ticket, and you’ll be entered into our nightly Sweet Prize draw! Reserve by calling (416) 653-5870. Group rates available for groups of 10 or more. Reservations for dinner at Whistler’s Grille and Cafe can be booked at (416) 421-1344. No Sweetheart Required is a licensed event.

Billed as a budget-conscious Valentine’s alternative, this year’s “No Sweetheart” of a line-up features a mix of music and comedy, including the vocal talents of Arlene Paculan, Larissa Koniuk and Hilary Hart,  dancer Erin Cowan and comedian Liam Doherty.

Theatrical selections include the wry and slightly ribald A Wedding Tale, directed by Kim Sprenger and featuring the talents of Stephen Flett, Stefne Mercedes and Basil Tamkei. It’s joined by the highly entertaining chronicle of two young lovers (Sarah Cody and Spencer Robson) who are truly “stuck” on each other in Letting Go, directed by Joanne Williams.

Brent Barkley’s LOL story of a dejected Cupid with no arrows left to sling features NSR favourites Liam Doherty, Leeman Kessler, Hilary Hart and Alex Samaras, directed by Blake Thorne. And finally, Patricia Delves directs talented, triple-threat Danielle Capretti and the ever-fabulous Greg Corkum in Dialogues of the Gods.

“You never know what you’ll experience at No Sweetheart Required I played some new songs at NSR 2009, and later that year they were in a Mirvish musical!” – David Hein, co-creator, My Mother’s Lesbian Jewish Wiccan Wedding.

This show is always a good time – check it out.

In the meantime, I’m for more fluids and cold meds. And maybe a shot of medicinal brandy.