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When Shasta’s father loses his job, she is devastated to learn that previously laid 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.
Curriculum Connections: Financial Literacy, Social Studies, Language
Character Education Connections: Responsibility, Empathy, Integrity
Themes: Friendship, Classism, Equity, Identity, Bullying
THE MONEY TREE launched Roseneath’s 2014-15 season, programmed to coincide with Financial Literacy Month (November). This production introduces elementary audiences (Grades K-6) to notions of financial literacy by exploring the idea of ‘needs vs. wants’ and affirming the power of imagination and creativity.
Nominated for two 2015 Dora Mavor Moore Awards:
Outstanding New Play – Robert Watson
Outstanding Performance – Ensemble – Joshua Stodart, Rong Fu, Heather Marie Annis
The Money Tree is written by Robert Watson, directed by Andrew Lamb, set and costume designed by Lindsay C. Walker, and sound designed by Rick Sacks.
Production photos of Rong Fu, Joshua Stodart and Heather Marie Annis by Robert Harding, standbygophotography.com. Video by Endless Films.