This April, you’ll be sure to find a hearty helping of love right here at De La Salle College when the talented cast of Theatre De La Salle brings Lionel Bart’s award-winning musical OLIVER! to the stage!
As an integral part of academic life at De La Salle, students are engaged in vibrant and diverse programs in the Arts. Drama, music, and visual arts infuse daily activities and provide numerous opportunities to participate fully in the school community. From playing the national anthem at morning assembly, to a dramatic interpretation at Remembrance Day ceremonies, to set design for the annual musical production, students are given meaningful expressive outlets outside the classroom. The curricula in all the Arts provide challenges in creative and analytic thinking and practice. On a larger scale, students contribute to seasonal music concerts and recitals, the annual production by Theatre De La Salle, and various art exhibitions around the school. The campus offers a dedicated music hall, a 600-seat auditorium, and a visual arts wing for our students to thrive. The year culminates with a week-long Arts Festival which showcases all the talents of our arts students. After De La Salle, graduates go on to higher studies as musicians, film-makers, animators, architects, performers, designers and many other creative pursuits.
You will find a hearty helping of it right here at De La Salle College this April when the talented cast of Theatre De La Salle brings Lionel Bart’s award-winning musical OLIVER! to the stage!
Here at De La Salle, we are celebrating the 40th and 20th anniversaries of our very own stage adaptations of OLIVER!, first performed by students in 1977 under the direction of John McGowan and Ben Cekuta and again in 1997, directed by Mary Anne Kosa and William Bagshaw.
"As a child in elementary school, I recall coming to see the musical and drama productions put on by Theatre De La Salle back in the 80's. Dad was a teacher here, so seeing the annual shows became a tradition. Naturally, when I enrolled as a student here, I looked forward to getting involved. To my dismay, long-time Artistic Director Ben Cekuta took a leave of absence and TDLS's curtain came down and stayed down throughout my high school years. It seems fitting now that, as a teacher at the school, I am able to raise that curtain up and give our multi-talented students the opportunity to explore performing arts in a way I was never able to. Theatre is an incredibly powerful medium that builds confidence, reinforces social skills, and nurtures creativity in ways other subject areas don't. I am thrilled that our school supports arts education and feel very privileged to have been entrusted with the task of instilling a love of theatre in our students. " -Mr. Luchka, Gr. 7 English Teacher and Director of Theatre De La Salle