Every year, the students of De La Salle College get together to create something truly special.
A night of talent, stagecraft and the arts, all in the classic Lasallian spirit that the founder of the college once had: this is Lasallian Nights.
Titled Te Quiero, this year’s stage play is set in Malta in the 1960s and revolves around the theme of love, following the complicated relationship between the young lovers Dan De Castro Martinez and Wendy Young. The story follows Dan’s struggle to keep the love between him and Wendy adequately fulfilled and, as she is tugged from all sides by other men, a choice must be made.
Wendy and Dan, along with a colourful and lovable cast of friends and family, create a drama-filled love story that captures the audience as never before. Along with the main stage play, a host of other productions will be shown on the night: mainly, an assortment of short performances by the students themselves in the style of a talent show, with great emphasis on the talent. Months of practice and rehearsals are spent by the students to bring to the audience some of the best dance, song, and acting on the island, from all genres and styles.
Preparations for De La Salle’s Lasallian Nights have been underway for an extremely long time, with planning by the college’s Student Council starting at the beginning of the scholastic year.
Since then, productions and rehearsals have been ramped up ever higher, with many committees pouring their blood, sweat and tears into the show. The standard set by previous shows is high, and this year’s produc- tion looks to push that standard even higher.
For the production, the students of the college divided up into committees and groups in order to help tackle the great feat that is Lasallian Nights. The Student Council, which oversees the logistical technicalities of such a production, ensures that everything runs smoothly. For the script, groups such as the Script Committee and people such as the Stage Director and Executive Editor, create the entire story behind the year’s stage play and make sure that it is executed perfectly.
To keep the actors looking thematic and eye-catching, groups such as the Hair and Makeup Committee and the Costume Committee give the people on stage the look and feel needed for the 60s vibe.
Helping set up the choreography and music for the day, Committees such as Music and Dance help deliver when spoken words are simply just not enough. Last, but not least, the groups working behind the red curtain – The Art, Backstage, Technical and Media Committees – all put in the gruelling, painstaking grunt work required for such a production.
The whole show is built from scratch wholly and solely by the students, with full days at the school rehearsing everything thoroughly, with continuous run-throughs. There are no weekends off for these Lasallians!
You can contribute to this hard work by attending this year’s spectacle, which will be held on 11, 12 and 13 January. Tickets for the show, which will be held at De La Salle College, can be bought from www.lasalliannights2019.com