THE MONEY TREE
Produced by Roseneath Theatre
From Toronto, Canada
When Shasta’s father loses his job, she is devastated to learn that plans for her upcoming birthday party must be significantly downsized. As the story progresses, Shasta and Simon meet a mysterious Traveler who gives them a seed that will make a tree grow leaves of money. Through a truly magical journey, the two ultimately learn that being a loyal friend is worth more than a big party or having all the latest toys. In the end, our friends, family and imaginations are truly our greatest assets.
This production introduces elementary audiences to beginning notions related to financial literacy, explores the idea of ‘needs vs. wants,’ and affirms the power of imagination and creativity.
Past productions: Danny King of the Basement, The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh
Best for Grades: 1st-6th
Audience Size: Small to Medium Venues
Please contact us to watch a full length archival recording.
Past Tours: The Incredible Speediness of Jamie Cavanaugh, La Maleta (The Suitcase), Dying to be Thin, Wrecked, Smokescreen and Danny, King of the Basement
Established in 1983, Roseneath Theatre is one of Canada’s leading producers of award-winning theatre for children and their families. Our plays address issues that resonate with today’s youth, encouraging them to reflect on themselves and their place within the community. Our commitment to excellence has earned us many accolades, including 43 Dora nominations and a total of 14 Awards. Roseneath was also a finalist for the Ontario Premier’s Award for Excellence in the Arts.
Roseneath gives up to 300 performances per year to approximately 100,000 young people, making us the largest professional touring theatre in Ontario. We are equally committed to both quality and accessibility.
Roseneath Theatre was founded by David S. Craig and Robert Morgan. The current Artistic Director is Andrew Lamb.
To educate and promote the public’s appreciation of the aesthetic arts by providing theatrical performances in educational institutions, community centres and public places.
Our Mission Statement
Roseneath Theatre’s mission is to create and produce small cast, high quality theatre for youth and family audiences. We produce popular theatre that has artistic, personal, and social integrity using all the resources at our disposal for the largest possible audience.
Collective Vision Statement
Roseneath is a professional theatre company delivering artistically excellent original Canadian productions that engage and inspire young audiences. Our plays address provocative issues relevant to today’s youth encouraging them to reflect on themselves and their place within the community. The impact of our collaborative work is immediate and inclusive.
For more information, please visit the company’s website: http://roseneath.ca/
Written by Robert Watson
Directed by Andrew Lamb
Set and Costume Design by Lindsay C. Walker
Sound Design/Composer by Rick Sacks
Roseneath Theatre’s 2014 production of The Money Tree received Dora Mavor Moore Award nominations for
Outstanding New Play and Outstanding Performance by an ensemble.
Gallery of Past Productions
Curriculum Connections: Financial Literacy, Social Studies, Language
Character Education Connections: Responsibility, Empathy, Integrity
Themes: Friendship, Classism, Equity, Identity, Bullying
Minimum Technical Requirements
Load In Time: 4 hours
Crew Needs: 4 crew for setup, 1 crew for show call
Min. Stage Size: 30’ wide x 25’ deep x 10’ ht
Sound Needs: amplification as needed in large venues
Load Out Time: 1 hour
Outreach and Workshops
Roseneath Theatre is able to offer sensory friendly performances upon request and with specific direction as to what this means for your venue. We have also offered student and teacher workshop opportunities while we are on tour and where the tour schedule permits. Please let us know what you'd have in mind and we will do our best to meet your needs.