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    Rosebud Theatre to kick of 2012 season

    Rosebud Play by Shepherd to open

    ROSEBUD – After a little bit of time off after the Christmas season, everyone at the Rosebud Theatre is now rearing and ready to kick off the 2012 season.

    The first play of the year, which starts this month, is Kristen Shepherd’s “$38,000 for a Friendly Face”, a comedy about a director of a funeral home who doesn’t know how to create an appropriate celebration of life for a woman that nobody liked.

    He is aided in his decision-making by the well-intentioned yet comical “Last Supper Committee”, but their menu disagreements are on the verge of leading to an all-out food fight.

    The show is being called a “nutty comedy about making the most of a life, even if most of it has to be made up.”

    Nathan Schmidt, Heather Pattengale, Alysa Van Haastert, Jeany Van Meltebeke, Kelsey Krogman, Leah Hearne and Jesse Anderson will make up the cast for the show.

    Artistic director Morris Ertman said that “Friendly Face” is about “being with people who drive you absolutely crazy at a time when everyone should be supportive and good.

    “It’s like a gathering of crazy aunts in a tiny kitchen with no ventilation. Chaos reigns, but in the end, so will love.”

    Audiences will have to find out if the group can survive the day without too much embarrassment, and if they find some renewed heart in the process.

    Opening night for the show is on March 16, and it will run until May 12.

    “Every play in our 2012 season takes us through a story that reveals the shimmering hopeful resilience of characters who choose to live open heartedly, and who change the world around them in the process,” Ertman said.

    Rosebud Theatre is nestled in picturesque country hamlet of Rosebud, Alberta. In its 28th season, Rosebud is one of Alberta’s premiere theatre companies and has gained an international reputation as an excellent Canadian destination for high quality live theatre.

    In the past few years, Rosebud Theatre has received multiple awards including Travel Alberta’s “Alberta Pride” ALTO Award, the “Rural Tourism Champion” award and the Rozsa Awards.

    Annually, more than 40,000 patrons enjoy the “Rosebud Experience” of professional theatre, complemented by unique dining, art galleries, museums and shopping.

    Rosebud is also home to Rosebud School of the Arts, a post-secondary educational institution that offers conservatory training in theatre and music to students, many who advance to perform in productions by Rosebud Theatre.

    For tickets, call the box office at 1-800-267-7553. For more information visit www.rosebudtheatre.com