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  • Offbeat comedy and love story to hit Rosebud

    Beane (Conrad Belau) and Molly (Lauren de Graaf) have leading roles in "Love Song."

    ROSEBUD – A one-act reverie on the redemptive power of love will be breathing life into audiences at the Studio Stage in Rosebud, on January 27 and 28.

    John Kolvenbach’s “Love Song” is the story of Beane, an oddball young man in exile from life. His successful and driven sister, Joan, along with her husband, Harry, try to make time for him in their busy lives, but no one can get through.

    Following a burglary at Beane’s apartment, Joan is baffled to find her brother blissfully happy and tries to unravel the story behind his mysterious new love, Molly. Kolvenbach’s offbeat comedy is said to be a “funny, enchanting and wonderfully touching story” the portrays the rhapsody to the power of love in all its forms.

    Rosebud School of the Arts student Conrad Belau not only stars in Love Song as Beane, but is producing the show as his graduation project. Originally from Outlook, Saskatchewan, Belau may be remembered from his performances on the Rosebud Theatre stage in “Jake and the Kid”, “A Bright Particular Star” and “The Secret Garden.”

    In choosing this play, Belau said that he was inspired by Kolvenbach’s “call to engage life in all of its fullness, both the good and the bad.”

    “This is a play that doesn’t look away at life,” he said. “Instead it takes a courageous and hopeful look at a reclusive and mentally unstable young man, and his sister’s faltering marriage, and says, ‘This is how the world is. Now what would happen if we added something called ‘love’ to the mix?’

    “The end result is incredible and will leave audiences with a challenge as well as a reward.”

    Supporting Conrad in this leap toward his graduation is an entire team of Rosebud students, alumni and company members, including funny guy Mike Thiessen, who also appeared on the Rosebud Theatre Stage last year in “The Gifts of the Magi” and “Jake and the Kid.” Thiessen will play Harry, with Kelsey Krogman taking on the role of Joan, with Lauren de Graaf portraying Molly.

    Aaron Krogman, who appeared in “The Gifts of the Magi” and “A Bright Particular Star” will leave his acting shoes behind to step into the role of director, with Paul Zacharias (“Jake and the Kid”, “The Diary of Adam and Eve”) composing an original score for the show.

    Love Song is not recommended for children under 14 years of age, as it includes some mature content. This show will run on the Rosebud Studio Stage for two days only, on Jan. 27 at 7:30 p.m. and Jan. 28 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

    Tickets are $10 per person and can be purchased at the door or in advance by calling 403-479-8639 or emailing courageslovesong@gmail.com.

    Due to limited seating it is recommended that tickets be booked in advance.
    For more information about the Rosebud Theatre in Rosebud, Alberta or to find out what’s coming up in 2012, visit rosebudtheatre.com.