Rosebud Theatre’s current Christmas production, The Gifts of the Magi, features two actors who hail from Central Alberta.
Aaron Krogman of Red Deer and Cassia Schramm of Olds landed the lead roles in the show, which runs through to Dec. 23.
Krogman graduated from the Rosebud School of the Arts in 2008 and The Gifts of the Magi marks his seventh appearance on the Rosebud stage as a guest artist.
He has also acted in an independent production of David French’s A Soldier’s Heart at the Epcor Centre in Calgary and a powerful new production about human trafficking called She Has A Name which is now in the planning stages of a Canadian tour.
“It’s crazy, but awesome. I’m so pleased to be living this kind of life in the arts. I don’t have a home but that’s just fine for right now,” he says.
A recent graduate of the Rosebud School of the Arts, Schramm is already busy touring theatre productions to schools with two shows — The Amazing Adventures of Clara & Jacques and Justice For Breakfast.
“It’s a blessing to actually be a working artist. It’s a crazy thing to be able to say ‘I’m an actor’ because it’s true. It’s such a blast.”
In addition to their talents as actors, Krogman and Schramm are both gifted singer/songwriters. Schramm’s first CD Let The Music In was released in May, and Krogman’s first project will be coming out later this year.
Their musical gifts are put to work in The Gifts of the Magi, which
explores the challenges a loving couple face as they secretly secure the ideal Christmas gift for each other.
Along the way they meet the jovial Soapy (Mike Thiessen), a homeless man who wants nothing more than the warmth of jail for Christmas and Willy (Natalie Gauthier), a street newspaper vendor who sees deeper than the headlines she sells.
We also get to know many other New Yorkers through the numerous incarnations of City Him (Joel Stephanson) and City Her (Laura Gillespie).
The Gifts of the Magi, from the stories by O. Henry, the book by Mark St. Germain, music by Randy Courts and lyrics by Randy Courts and Mark St. Germain, runs at Rosebud Theatre through Dec. 23.
For tickets and show times call 1-800-267-7553 or visit www.rosebudtheatre.com.