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Sara Wilson  Standard Reporter - Director Steven Waldschmidt with Denise Wong and Aaron Krogman, the main characters of She Has A Name. The cast and crew were in town rehearsing at the Hope Community Convientry Church for the past three weeks.

Sara Wilson Standard Reporter - Director Steven Waldschmidt with Denise Wong and Aaron Krogman, the main characters of She Has A Name. The cast and crew were in town rehearsing at the Hope Community Convientry Church for the past three weeks.

Sara Wilson

Standard Reporter

With opening night just around the corner, the cast and crew of She Has A Name, set up shop in Strathmore to put the finishing touches on the world premier

play.

Taking over the Hope Community Covenant Church, Steven Waldschmidt and his cast have been working hard to showcase the script and work out any kinks before the opening night.

"It's taxing, " Denise Wong, who play's Number 18, a 15-year-old Cambodian prostitute.

"The situation and the character are so out of my conscience mind it's difficult to be inside all of the time."

A thought reiterated by Aaron Krogman, who plays both the pimp in the drama and human rights lawyer, Jason, the storyline's good guy.

"It's a lot of work," Krogman explains. "It's a very busy play with lots of action."

The 27-year-old actor, a graduate of Rosebud Theatre program, explains that playing both characters has helped him to understand the core characteristics of the characters.

"It's interesting," Krogman said.

"It helps me understand the characters. I wouldn't know either of them as well. There is a thin line between Jason and the pimp; the lines blur a bit. Both characters are struggling with power and how they use

it."

While the play deals with some of the darker elements of the human condition, both actors agree that they have the right man giving them direction.

"It's been interesting," Wong explained.

"Steven is really passionate about these issues, and it's loaded from a directing stand point."

With first hand exposure to cultures where human trafficking is plaguing young women, Waldschmidt and playwright Andrew Kooman have brought a sense of urgency to the play.

"Steve is able to do a back story to the directing," Krogman said.

"It's full on, the way he approached the story. He's also the set designer as well and I really like the way he's using the

space."

Rehearsals wrapped up last week, and the play will be showcased to audiences Feb. 23 through till Mar. 5 at the EPCORE Centre's motel. For more information or to purchase tickets visit www.burntthicket.

com.

Audience advisory: She Has A Name is not suitable for children.


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