Sylvan Lake theatre student shines in The Great Divorce

Sylvan Lake local Kaitlyn Sloboda will be taking centre stage this spring as students from Rosebud School of the Arts produce

Kaitlyn Sloboda

Kaitlyn Sloboda

BY HEATHER LITTLE

Sylvan Lake local Kaitlyn Sloboda will be taking centre stage this spring as students from Rosebud School of the Arts produce the world premiere of an adaptation of C.S. Lewis’s classic novel, The Great Divorce, on stage from April 11 to May 3.

“We are telling a story of heaven and hell, the power of grace and love when it extends to reach those who are seeking happiness, and the conflict and choices that arise in such a conversation,” said Sloboda. “This show demands a lot of us, and we are laying it all on the line.”

Sloboda appears in The Great Divorce as part of her studies at Rosebud School of the Arts. Twice a year, students produce a play for one of their classes. They are a part of all aspects Ñ from forming the majority of the cast, working behind-the-scenes hanging lights, building and painting the set, to helping with costumes.

This spring’s production, The Great Divorce, is an allegorical tale about a bus ride from hell to heaven. In his travels the narrator encounters strangers who discover the lessons they must learn in order to enter heaven. Sloboda is excited to be performing in the show, saying “The Great Divorce is a vivid dream and I am so honoured and thrilled to be able to be a part of bringing it to life.”

The Great Divorce runs on the BMO Studio Stage Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays from April 11 to May 3 (excluding Good Friday, April 18). The play is one-act and runs approximately 70 minutes. Tickets are $15 in advance, $20 at the door, and may be purchased by visiting www.rosebudschoolofthearts.com or phoning 1-800-267-7553.