On the weekend of March 25th and 26th, the De La Salle Wind Ensemble participated in the Worldstrides Heritage Festival in Boston.
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.
Last month, Brother Domenic caught the band of pillagers "varying piracy with a little burglary" in the Heritage House before they announced themselves to a gathering of parents during a Parent Association meeting.
At this time, exactly 65 years ago, a cast of 94 students was in rehearsal preparing for De La Salle Oaklands' very first musical theatre performance.
"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