Dave Engelman and Nancy Hansen portray a couple in the Aiken Community Theatre's production of "Lovesong." Courtesy photo
Dave Engelman and Nancy Hansen portray a couple in the Aiken Community Theatre's production of "Lovesong." Courtesy photo

‘Lovesong’ highlights one couple’s lifelong love story

(Courtesy Dustin Turner, Aiken Community Theatre. Featured photo of is Dave Engelman and Nancy Hansent)

 Lovesong tells one couple’s incredible love story in the past and present. On one stage. At the same time. The drama runs April 14-22 at Aiken Community Theatre.

It’s the story of one couple, told as young lovers in their 20s and as elderly, worldly companions looking back on their relationship. Their past and present selves collide onstage. Director Peg Tribert even used a professional dancer to choreograph the action onstage.

Lovesong will run for two weekends beginning April 14.

“Each cast member must be extremely focused to play the scenes in which past and present moments happen almost immediately on stage,” Tribert said. “The actors have had to dig deeply into the emotional territory that comes with life’s struggles regardless of age.”

In the past and present, Maggie (Baylor Shull and Nancy Hansen) and Billy (Jason Latimer and David Engleman) take stock of their losses, gains and loves during their life together.

“This is a truly amazing show and unlike anything most audiences have ever seen,” Tribert said. “Anyone who has ever loved someone for a long time will be able to relate and will feel the impact of this beautifully written show.”

An attorney focusing on family law, Tribert has been involved with Aiken community for more than 30 years, contributing as an actor, crew, director and board member. Her ACT directing credits include Up the Down Staircase, The Fox on the Fairway, It’s a Wonderful Life and Miracle on 34th Street. As an actress, she last performed in A Texas Doublewide Christmas, (Patsy), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (choir) and Outside Mullingar (Oife).

LoveSong contains mature language and situations that are not suitable for children.

Performances will be 7:30 p.m. April 14, 21 and 22 and 2 p.m. April 16. Tickets are available at AikenCommunityTheatre.org and (803) 648-1438.

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