The Rainbow Stage “Pot of Gold” benefit concert returns for one night only this weekend and features an outstanding cast of performers. Artistic director Carson Nattrass was on Morning Light! 

For nearly 7 decades, taking in a performance at Rainbow Stage in Kildonan Park has been a time-honoured summer tradition in Manitoba. And this weekend, summer hangs on a little longer before the open-air theatre is closed and audiences have to wait another year before sitting under the stunning domed roof again. 

“This is the big sendoff, the big finale, the 11 o’clock number of 2021,” says Rainbow Stage Artistic Director Carson Nattrass. 


The “Pot of Gold” benefit concert goes towards helping the not-for-profit charitable organization sing and dance into the future. “Art and live theatre is what makes life worth living,” explains Nattrass, who notes the range of talents on display in Rainbow Stage productions. “It’s the power of singing, dancing, live music, orchestra… it’s a celebration of the human capacity.” 

Featuring six very familiar names—Colleen Furlan, Aaron Hutton, Rochelle Kives, Debbie Maslowsky, Chase Winnicky, and Cory Wojcik—plus special guests Keara Tamayo and the Camp Rainbow All-Stars, patrons will be treated to performances from musicals such as Fiddler On The Roof, West Side Story, Crazy For You, Hamilton, Shrek, Little Mermaid and more!

The Rainbow Stage “Pot of Gold” benefit concert takes place on Sunday, September 12 at 6:30PM. Tickets start at just $35. Plus: those in attendance will be first to learn what Rainbow Stage has planned for 2022!

In the full conversation below, hear more about the unique atmosphere created at Rainbow Stage, the deceivingly large capacity of the venue, and what makes it such a special place for Carson. Hint: it has a lot to do with the people.