Lasal­lian Nights

The Malta Independent on Sunday - - LIFESTYLE & CULTURE -

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.lasal­lian­

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