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Korean students learn Canadian perspectives

    The Drumheller Valley Secondary School has a strong international program. Students from around the globe travel to Drumheller to learn from the Alberta school system and polish their English for post secondary education in North America.
    However, this fall the demographics amongst the international students are a little skewed.
    Twenty students from South Korea travelled to Drumheller for a three month, non-academic, program to train in the fields of tourism and cosmetology.
    “They’re here to learn English and Canadian culture,” said Annette Waiboer, Career Counsellor at the DVSS. “None of them have been to Canada before.”
    In December, the students will leave DVSS and work in hotels and salons in town for experience.
    Canalta Hotels has offered to help train the tourism students, and salons around town are keen on helping the cosmetology students.
    The program is sponsored by the Ministry of Education in South Korea and the DVSS is hoping these are not the last students.
    “There’s talk of having 40 students next fall and another 40 the next semester,” said Curtis LaPierre, Principal of the DVSS.
    After the work experience is over at the end of December, the students will head home. Although, some have expressed interest in returning to Canada.
    “They’ve told me they love Canada, and quite a few have told me they want to work in hotels or salons here,” said Waiboer. “Especially in Drumheller, they find the people are friendly.
    “Although they haven’t experienced winter here,” added Waiboer.


Rosebud brings New York Christmas to Alberta

    Rosebud is taking a bite out of the Big Apple for its Christmas show. The Rosebud Opera House stage will be fully decked out with the sights and sounds of old New York as it hosts the vaudeville-style musical The Gifts of the Magi, based on the classic Christmas story by O. Henry.
    It’s Christmas in old New York and a young, newly married couple Jim (Aaron Krogman) and Della Dillingham (Cassia Schramm) are out of work and broke.  In fact, they can barely afford to keep their one-room apartment. The Gifts of the Magi explores the challenges this 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 and security of a jail cell 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 gently reminds us of the power of love and the enduring strength of the human spirit.
    Artistic Director Morris Ertman comments, “Christmas is a time for optimism. We need to believe that there is good in the world. We need to be able to believe that love can get us through the darkest of times. Out of work and penniless? Love will sustain you. That in a nutshell, is the hope in almost every classic Christmas story. O. Henry certainly brings that poignancy to this story. The New York setting is both romantic and heartless, giving this tale a breadth of expression on our rural Rosebud stage that is unusual, challenging and absolutely delightful.”
    The Gifts of the Magi is a magical musical story for the entire family that will tickle your funny bone and touch your heart as you search for your personal Christmas star. 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 November 4 through December 23, 2011. For tickets and show times call 1-800-267-7553 or visit www.rosebudtheatre.com


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