Rosie Wijenburg is an amazing woman that has the ability to wear many hats. If she put her mind to it she could probably do anything. In life she has already accomplished many feats that would be a daunting task for a team of ordinary people. By day Rosie is a masters student who works as a teachers assistant and researcher assistant in the entomology department at the prestigious Simon Fraser University. She is respected by her colleagues and admired and loved by her students. By night Rosie dips her toes into any facet of the arts. She sings, she dances, she writes, she produces. She does it mostly under the moniker of Rosie Delight and she does it well. Ms. Delight , to say the least, is an eccentric burlesque entertainer. Her burlettas are innovative, imaginative and more often than not thought provoking. She is one of the most loved entertainers on the bustling Vancouver burlesque scene.
But Rosie has a problem. She has a condition called Dystonia. Dystonia lies like a demon inside her brain and it is slowly taking over her body. It is robbing her of her beauty, her ability to control her movements, to tolerate music, sound and light. It is stealing her ability to perform or live like a normal human being. This does not stop Rosie. Her approach to dealing with such a debilitating condition is much different than you would expect. After being told that Rosie Delight and all that characters endeavors may be a thing of the past, Rosie had a lot to think about. She choose to throw caution into the wind and deal with this the way that only Rosie knows how. She would act, dance and sing about it. She approached the Vancouver International Burlesque Festival and had them agree to allow her a 45 minute slot to showcase a burletta about Dystonia and it's effects. With the V.I.B.F's blessing she has six weeks till the curtain goes up to a sold out audience and all she has to do is write and choreograph the play, cast the support, make the props, do the wardrobe......a daunting task to say the least.
With varying degrees of support from work, family and friends, Rosie forages ahead through a world full of obstacles. Between disruptions in her health, home, work, and personal life Rosie preservers. The end product is an amazing piece of work that will not leave a dry eye anywhere in the room.
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