While looking at attractions in the Drumheller area, we decided to book tickets online for the Rosebud Theatre's production of Anne of Green Gables; travelling on the Canada Day long weekend seemed like an appropriate time to see this piece of Canadiana. We were not disappointed.
There are some little shops and galleries to explore if you arrive early or if you finish dinner and have some time to kill before the theatre starts. The theatre is across the street from where the dinner is held.
Although we're not big fans of buffets, the buffet dinner at the Mercantile was delicious. We had paid online so the only added expense was any alcoholic beverages one chose to purchase. Coffee and tea are included in the price of dinner. The bill reminds customers that the gratuity was not included in the online price for dinner and the theatre, so tipping on the whole amount ensures the servers are compensated fairly. Most of the servers appeared to be students and although some seemed a bit inexperienced, they were eager to please, and there was nothing negative to mention.
Not only was it a very good meal, but the atmosphere was also enjoyable. A father and daughter musical duo went from area to area entertaining by singing and playing the guitar. Most songs were on the biblical side though. Although the place is quite large, it is divided into smaller rooms all with cute names, so it does not in any way seem like a big banquet hall.
The play was fantastic! The quality of the music and acting was superb and there was a fair amount of humour for additional entertainment. The audience was mostly adults of all ages with a few teenagers and a very few number of younger children (about 8 or so years of age).