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By Mike Toth



London District Christian Secondary School held its annual main stage production this year starting on March 31 and ending the successful run April 8 with a dinner and show fundraiser. This year the talented students performed “Little Women: The Broadway Musical.”

The musical is from the Allan Knee adaptation of Louisa May Alcott’s 1868 classic, “Little Women.” It follows the lives of the four March sisters during the Civil War as they wrestle through relational, vocational, and health challenges. The main character is Jo, the second oldest sister and an aspiring writer, and semi-autobiographical of Alcott herself. Jo’s struggle to find her own voice in her writing and in her personal life is our lens into the complexities of life in the Civil War.

While the LDCSS production featured performers with a wide range of theatrical experience, all performers were excellent. The young women playing the four March sisters (Kezia Haklander as Meg, Kristy Korevar as Jo, Nicola DeVries as Beth, and Annika Tauschek as Amy) were particularly effective in portraying the subtleties and idiosyncrasies of their relationships. Personal favorites include Ben Forgie as Professor Bhaer, whose nuanced performance displayed both the growth and continuing self doubt of his character, and Anne-Marie Ibuzo as Aunt March, who brought both humor and an edge to her stern and proper character. The entire cast brought a confidence and enthusiasm to what was a thoroughly enjoyable evening.

The educators at London District Christian Secondary School see their mission as helping to develop within each student a keen sense of how God created them with unique skills and talents. The teen years are pivotal for young Christians, not only to solidify their faith in an unsettled world but to help them to get to know what they were created to do in it.

To this end the education of the students integrates the Christian faith into every class rather than isolating it into a once a day “religion” hour. Also, in addition to academics that are common to other high schools LDCSS allows students to work at solving “real world” problems in conjunction with community partners, and advisory classes are available in a variety of areas such as robotics, canoe building (a fascinating class using traditional construction methods), camping, and a myriad of other opportunities to explore personal interests.

The educators and staff of London District Christian Secondary School work to celebrate their students and help them to understand their developing purpose. If this is the type of environment you would like your child educated in or for more information on how you might be involved in the school, feel free to contact Mrs. Gabriella Hoogstra at 519.455.4360 ext 231 or email admissions@ldcss.ca for a tour of the school.