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London school drama class raises funds to support Kenya school

Written on January 14th, 2009

To donate proceeds from two January productions of ‘An Ideal Husband’

As drama students in London share their dramatic production skills with their local community this week, they also intend to use what they’re doing to help a school in another part of the world.

Students in the London District Christian Secondary School (LDCSS) senior drama class are presenting Oscar Wilde’s “An Ideal Husband” on Thur., Jan. 14 and Sat., Jan. 17.

Proceeds from the sale of the tickets for the two performances will be donated to a partner school in Kenya, the Sud Academy.

“I thought this would be a good way (for the drama class) to connect those values of Christian service and how we use our gifts in Christian service,” says drama teacher Christine Boer.

“We’re using our profits in service of others.”

While the production selected, “An Ideal Husband,” is by a favourite playwright of Boer’s, it has not been without its challenges for the students.

Written in 1895, the script uses language that isn’t common in modern-day English.

“It’s been exciting to see how the students have gotten past the language barrier and are just appreciating the show for its humour and good writing, even though they found it really challenging in the beginning,” says Boer.

“Now they’re saying the show is really very funny.”

“An Ideal Husband” revolves around “blackmail and corruption and touches on the themes of public and private honour,” according to one description.

The senior drama students have been responsible for the entire production of the show, from acting to design and management. This is the first year the class is taking its talents to the community.

The LDCSS student body is also presenting its annual spring drama on April 2, 3 and 4. This year’s production is “The Hiding Place,” a real-life drama about the life of Corrie Ten Boom, an ordinary woman whose faith in God brings her through an extraordinary journey during the Second World War.