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Rose & Rodeo

New Musicals Australia Workshop, 2016

Rehearsals: Pam Peterson, Brendon Walmsely

Rehearsals: JS, Brendon Walmsley and Lisa Skerman

Toowoomba Chronical Indie Program Photoshoot 


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Rose & Rodeo

Dates: 01/07/2014 - 12/07/2018

Location: Country Musical


A bijou country musical

Songs by Brendon Walmsley • Book by John Senczuk

“Sometimes to love someone … you have to walk away.”

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?

Shortlisted for Australia Council NEW MUSICALS AUSTRALIA PROGRAM 2016


Season Two Program


The Company

Bryce Carberry  
Brigalow Bob Donald Burge
Rose Briars Lisa Skerman
Justin Briars Mike Escober
Maude Roper  
Matron Pam Peterson
Keith "Rodeo" Roper Brendon Walmsley
Neville McCutcheon Kyle Dever
Tiffany Anna Marangelli
Cooyar Fereral Trio Jared Walmsley
  Andrew Kucks
  Joel Hunt
Director John Senczuk
Musical Director Brendon Walmsely
Lighting Design Kris Stewart
Sound Matthew Skerman
Stage Manager Jessica Schutt




I saw the opening night of Brendon Walmsley’s Rose and Rodeo musical last night. It had everything, nostalgia, humour, romance and a beautiful selection of his songs. Well done Brendon and the crew.
I.F, Laidley, The Chronicle (Letters to the Editor)

Toowoomba Life 23 Jan 2015
On Our Selection News 22 Jan 2015
David Iliff, ABC Radio Toowoomba 3 February, 2015
The Chronical TV Guide, 5 February, 2015
David Iliff, ABC Radio 5 February, 2015 (ITunes)

Highlife Magazine 9 February, 2015

Toowoomba Chronicle 10 February, 2014

Highlife Magazine, 17 February,, 2014

Vox Pop

  • “A great night out!” Bernadettte Pryde
  • “Broke into new music theatre territory … excellent experience. Funny, challengeing, uplifting and very entertaining” Evan Hollis
  • “A Show with a local flavour, very enjoyable indeed, great performances all round.” Nancy Skerman
  • “Loved the show.” Nanette Kucks
  • “Brave! Bravo” Dee Ruler
  • “Was such a great show and interesting to see how songs we have been listening to for years can fit together to tell a story” Michelle Black
  • “…a fantastic night at the Empire tonight. The adaptation of Rose & Rodeo was brilliant; so much so that we both said we'd love to see it again!” Leanne Coleman
  • "Congratulations on a great local production. I was amazed how you were able to weave a story to fit so many of Brendan's songs. We thoroughly enjoyed the show.... I hope it will go on to bigger and better things. (We just loved the announcer on the mike - just so country shows!" Ailsa Town
  • "Just a short note to congratulate you on a fine production of Rose and Rodeo. We have seen many productions both professional and amateur and your version of Brendon's story was fabulous. ... it was an amazing effort by all. Very much enjoyed and look forward to a repeat viewing hopefully when it goes on tour. Best of luck and thank you all for a great night out." Jeanette and Kevin O'Brien
  • "Great show. My wife and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I hope there is a 2nd season. Many of my friends missed out!" Chris White