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Rose & Rodeo - The Musical

Posted on 12-01-2015

RnR Following their recent critical and popular success with the Empire's Phantom of the Opera, director and writer John Senczuk has joined forces with Toowoomba based country music star Brendon Walmsley to create an original Australian 'country musical' set in and around Toowoomba.

"Brendon is such an extraordinary talent," says John Senczuk "He was a revelation as the Phantom! As an opening night present he gave me his album Bottle Tree Lane and the idea for a musical based on his songs emerged very quickly. Brendon is a great storyteller through his music and this collaboration has been a fantastic experience. This very short season will give us a chance to test the material, and we're grateful to the Empire Theatres Independents Season for providing the opportunity to workshop and premiere a unique new musical in front of a 'home crowd'. "

On the great Darling Downs property Roschen, a young cowboy (Rodeo) falls in love with the cattle baron's daughter, Rose Carberry. But she is engaged to the neighbouring property's son, Justin Briars, and the marriage will join the two great district families (and their landholdings). Rodeo can't compete, and has no option but to walk away. A decade later, and enduring a loveless and barren marriage, Rose re-connects with her first and only love when she meets Rodeo by chance at the Cooyar Show Rodeo. But Justin's plans for Roschen force Rose to confront the ramifications of her marriage, her family and her responsibilities to the Carberry dynasty, and the land and homestead that stretch back six generations. Can she walk away from her marriage and her family? Can she walk away from Rodeo?

Featuring over a dozen of Brendon Walmsley's greatest and most popular hits (including Rose and Rodeo, Bed of Roses, Last of the Big Gun Drovers, Still Falling and Stay Where you Are) along with five new and original songs, Rose and Rodeo is a contemporary love story about resilience and the country spirit of determination.

This limited [four performance] season follows a short workshop is directed & designed by John Senczuk with local actors Jesse Ainsworth, Donald Burge, Kyle Dever, Mike Escober, Anna Marangelli, Pam Peterson, Lisa Skerman and Brendon Walmsley with The Cooyar Federal Trio.

PERFORMANCES Wednesday 11 February, 7.00pm; Thursday 12 February, 7.00pm, Friday 13 February, 11.00am (matinee), Friday 13 February, 7.00pm
PRICES: Adult $45; Concession $35, discounts for groups of 10 or more
BOOKINGS: 1300 655299 or www.empiretheatre.com.au
For all media requests please contact John at 0407 800343

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