ROSEBUD – Both Aaron Krogman of Red Deer and Cassia Schramm of Olds have been busy performers since graduating from Rosebud School of the Arts (RSA).
This Christmas, both actors will play the lead roles in Rosebud Theatre’s Christmas show “The Gifts of the Magi”, which opens this Friday, Nov. 4.
Krogman graduated from RSA 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, as well as in a powerful new production about human trafficking called “She Has A Name” which is now in the planning stages of a full Canadian tour.
“It’s crazy, but awesome,” Krogman said. “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.”
A recent graduate of the Rosebud School of the Arts, Schramm is already busy touring theatre productions to schools, spending a lot of time on the road with two shows, “The Amazing Adventures of Clara & Jacques” and “Justice For Breakfast.”
Schramm said, “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 album “Let The Music In” was released in May, and Krogman’s first album will be coming out later this year. Their musical gifts will be put to work in The Gifts of the Magi, as it is a musical.
The story follows the young, newly married couple Jim (Krogman) and Della (Schramm) Dillingham, who are out of work and broke during Christmas. The pair can barely afford to keep their one-room apartment, let alone purchase holiday gifts.
“The Gifts of the Magi” explores the challenges that Jim and Della face as they secretly secure the ideal Christmas gift for each other. Along the way they meet the jovial Soapy, a homeless man who wants nothing more than the warmth and security of a jail cell for Christmas, and Willy, a street newspaper vendor who sees deeper than the headlines she sells.
“The Gifts of the Magi” is said to gently remind the audience that the power of love is the enduring strength of the human spirit.
The musical story is suitable for the entire family, and will tickle funny bones and touch hearts.
“The Gifts of the Magi” from the stories by O. Henry, book by Mark St. Germain, music by Randy Courts and lyrics by Randy Courts and Mark St. Germain, runs at Rosebud Theatre from Nov. 4 until Dec. 23.
For tickets and show times call 1-800-267-7553″1-800-267-7553 or visit http://www.rosebudtheatre.com/