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Many characters played by one actor in Confessions of a Paperboy

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How do you keep track of 14 different characters inside your head? Just ask actor Adam Beauchesne, who does just that in New West Adam Beauchesne plays many characters in Confessions of A Paperboy. photo by Richard AmeryTheatre’s  presentation of Calgary playwright Doug Curtis’ one man show “Confessions of a Paperboy,” March 3-12 at the Sterndale Bennett Theatre.

“The biggest challenge is differentiating between them all,” Beauchesne said adding  there are a lot of times the characters have conversations with each other, so he must remain conscious of that. He has been rehearsing the play for two weeks, which is a lot to put into  a short period of time.

“Because there is  a 60-year old war vet who is a lot of fun to play and a distraught housewife  and a couple more female characters, but the  most fun to play is Chris, the 10-year-old narrator. That is challenging because I’m 24 and have to think back to what it was like to be 10.  And it is a fun to play a really smart 10-year-old,” said Beauchesne, who is earned his BFA  at the University of Lethbridge and performed in  the Kiwanis  Music and Arts Festival for 10 years. He now lives in Vancouver where is has appeared in television shows like Fringe  on Fox and an upcoming film.

“We’re excited he could come back home for this show,” said director Nicholas Hanson.

“Basically  the play is about a paperboy who thinks God  is speaking directly to him. So it’s a comedic and a heartwarming tale about what it is like to be a child again,” Hanson added, noting  playwright Doug Curtis also has a Lethbridge connection as he lived here whole teaching in the drama program at the university and New West had a hit on their hands a few years ago by putting on “Mesa,” another one of his plays.

“So we‘re thrilled to  feature a play with a local connection,” Hanson continued.
“It’s a great combination of humour with thoughts of  trying to find out who you are,” Hanson continued adding  it has been exciting watching the play come together.

“ I’m interested in seeing  and how they react,” Beauchesne said.
Confessions of  a Paperboy  runs March 3-12 at 8 p.m. every night other than March 6-7.
There is also two Saturday afternoon matinees at 1 p.m. on  March 5 and 12.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
A version of this story also appears in the March 2011 edition of the Lethbridge Sun Times
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