White Christmas

By Diego Duarte During first semester, Drama performed the festive holiday musical, White Christmas. Initially a film directed by Michael Curtiz and written by Norman Krasna, Norman Panama, and Melvin Frank, it tells the story of WW2 veterans Bob Wallace and Phil Davis who are trying to help their former major general, Thomas Waverly, who is struggling to run the Vermont Inn. Along the way, they receive help from and ultimately fall in love with the Haynes sisters. Senior Luke Bedsole, playing Bob Wallace, gave a very enthusiastic and riveting performance, with his rendition of Blue Skies being the most notable. Joshua Hitchcock, as Phil Davis, provides a charismatic and smooth performance nailing the lady’s man attitude of the character. The two actors have excellent chemistry with one another, showing great comradery. Likewise, Senior Sarah Chiasson as Betty Hanes gives a splendid performance that is both endearing and reserved, tapping perfectly well into the character. Sophomore Kaylee Rankin, portraying Judy Hanes, works well as a foil to Sarah’s more demure character, giving a performance that is more garrulous and high-spirited. They contrast well, not only with each other but with Luke Bedsole and Joshua Hitchcock. Strong and memorable performances by Sophomore Cade Moody, Junior Micah Strode, Senior Nora Benitez, and Senior Ellian Griffin were given as they played General Waverly, Ralph Sheldrake, Martha Watson, and Midge respectively. With both strong leads and supporting roles, the show truly was brought to life despite having a script that possessed language and slang foreign to modern ears. With that being said, it will be interesting to see what Drama does in its next production!

IN MEMORY OF OUR FOUNDER

It is with sadness that we share that the co-founder of our school district, Dr. Beverly LaHaye, passed away on Sunday, April 14. She was 94 years old.

Beverly was a faithful follower of Jesus Christ all the days of her life, and God used her in extraordinary ways to make a difference in the world around her. Along with her husband Dr. Tim LaHaye, she worked to establish Christian Unified Schools at a time when Christian education was in its infancy. She had a vision to meet the need for God-honoring curriculum and teachers who modeled Christlikeness to the students in their care, and she worked tirelessly to that end.

In addition to her influence on our school district, Beverly was also the author of many books, the founder of Concerned Women for America, and a beloved mother, grandmother, and great-grandmother. She was a faithful and treasured member of Shadow Mountain Community Church, where she was honored recently during the GirlTime women’s event. As the audience stood to applaud, Beverly pointed upward, giving all of the glory to the God she served.

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