December 14-17, 2017
A holiday musical based on O. Henry's famous Christmas story
The perfect couple for this timeless tale of completely unselfish love . . .Theater in the Circle is proud to announce our extraordinary cast for The Gift of the Magi, opening in Judson Manor Ballroom, Dec. 14, 2017. Meg Martinez and Robert Kowalewski have the beautiful voices and theatrical skills to bring this treasured holiday favorite to life for Theatre in the Circle.
O. Henry wrote “The Gift of the Magi” for his New York World column in December of 1905. The legendary Magi of the title brought precious gifts to an unknown babe in a manger. O. Henry felt the Magi typified gift-giving at its finest and purest form. The story of the love and selflessness of Della and Jim has endured for 112 years and was set to a beautiful musical score for piano, cello, harp and flute by Peter Ekstrom for Actors Theatre of Louisville in 1981. The story tells of a young, impoverished couple who can barely pay the rent, but love each other so much that they each sell their most cherished possession for the sake of their beloved.
Ekstrom was born in Cleveland and grew up in nearby Painesville, Ohio. Mr. Ekstrom and Theatre in the Circle’s artistic director, Bill Corcoran, both have connections with the Actors Theatre of Lousville, still considered one of the finest regional theaters in the US. Mr. Corcoran periodically worked on Actors’ stages as pianist, arranger and musical director.
The Gift of the Magi opens on Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017 at 7:30 p.m. with additional performances on Friday, Dec. 15 at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 16 at 2:00 p.m.and 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, Dec. 17, at 2:00 p.m. The Gift of the Magi is suitable for children of all ages. For tickets,
ROBERT KOWALEWSKI (Jim) is back for more. He charmed and dazzled audiences in Theatre in the Circle’s The All Night Strut and returns to play Jim in The Gift of the Magi. He ditched Pittsburgh for the CLE for a more vibrant theatre scene. Regional credits: Amadeus (Salieri), bare: A Pop Opera (Peter), Little Women (Laurie), and the regional premiere of Love’s Labour’s Lost (Berowne). Cleveland credits: Next To Normal (Henry) and South Pacific (Lt. Cable) at True North; The Wedding Singer, Big (Josh Baskin), and Titanic (Bride/Hartley) at Cassidy; Weird Romance (Paul/Daniel) at Broadview Hts. Spotlights; Joseph..Dreamcoat (Joseph) at Near West and most recently, Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Einstein) at Blank Canvas. Many thanks to Bill and Mark for believing I could do things that were outside the comfort of my box. Who knew?
MEG MARTINEZ (Della) is thrilled to be making her Theater in the Circle debut in The Gift of the Magi. Favorite recent credits include The Rocky Horror Show (Janet), Mary Poppins (Mary Poppins, twice!), The Music Man (Marian Paroo), title of show (Susan), Doubt (Sister James), Cymbeline (Imogen), Princess Ida (Princess Ida), A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (Philia), Into the Woods (Rapunzel) and Company (Kathy). Meg holds a BA in Theatre Arts from Brown University and is an Actors Equity Membership Candidate. She’s been looking forward to working at Theatre in the Circle and was one of the first actors to audition for them in 2016. Bill and Mark have been waiting for the perfect role for Meg. They found it in The Gift of the Magi.