LCDS Theater Presents A Historic Double Feature

“My thoughts were this,” Kristin Wolanin said. “We need theater this fall, and life in general has already been dark enough; I don’t want the theater to be dark too.”

Then, having thought those things, the director of Country Day theater turned her attention toward making them happen. Twice. In a format neither the cast, crew, or director had ever attempted before.

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LCDS Theater Presents A Historic Double Feature
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“The kids came back thinking we’re not going to have a show and my reaction was, ‘What do you mean? It’s Wolanin. Of course we’re going to have a show,’” Wolanin said. “Also, I have an addiction. Not doing a show wasn’t a possibility for me.”

Of course, doing only one show was a possibility. Then Wolanin thought some more.

“I had this fantastic all-female cast and two plays that I loved that I knew could be chopped down into great one-act shows. So that’s what we’re doing, and it’s been extra double crazy!”

Everyone is invited to watch The LCDS Theatre Company keep the performing arts thriving in two groundbreaking productions, “Steel Magnolias” and “The House Of Bernarda Alba.” Showtimes for “Steel Magnolias” are 7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 6 and Saturday, Nov. 14, with the curtain rising on “The House Of Bernarda Alba” at 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 and Friday, Nov. 13.

The shows are free, but if you would like to support the Company with a donation, you can do so here, with sincere thanks from the cast and crew.

Instead of a live performance, each show is its own film of a staged reading, in full costume, as an ensemble. The filming consisted of two four-hour shoots that were then edited to move the players in their Zoom cubes around the screen to approximate the feeling of seeing actors move around the stage.

“It can be hard to picture,” Wolanin said, “but a good way to think about it is as a radio drama rather than a traditional play.”

Both shows have the advantage of taking place in one location, both center on the “awesome, juicy drama of all these women,” and both feature six members of the eight-actress cast playing strikingly different roles in each play.

“To play two characters basically at the same time who come from different countries and different cultures and speak completely differently than the other, that’s not easy to do,” Wolanin said. “I was really impressed with how much range and versatility they showed.”

To watch the shows, you first have to register by clicking the links below. Once registered, you will receive an email that will tell you how to join the audience.

“Steel Magnolias”

7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 7 — Click here
7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 14 — Click here

“The House of Bernarda Alba”

7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 7 — Click here
7 p.m. Friday, Nov. 13 — Click here


“Steel Magnolias”

Truvy — Hannah Whisman
Annelle — Laurel Marx
Clairee — Sophie McDougall
Shelby — Mae Barr
M’Lynn — Amelia Lojewski
Ouiser — Frannie Thiry

“The House of Bernarda Alba”

Angustias — Mae Barr
Martirio — Amelia Lojewski
Magdelena — Laurel Marx
Amelia — Peachy Lee
Poncia — Frannie Thiry
Adela — Sophie McDougall
Bernarda — Hannah Whisman
Servant — Sarah Hilton


Stage Manager — Sarah Hilton
Costumes — Riley Eckman*, Keira Alhadeff, and Anna Sponaugle
Props — Linnea Winterer*, Ruby Nemeroff, Kobe West, Lennon Krista, and Jayden Temple
Sound — Ben Kendall, Grace Foresman*, and Eli Hurtt
Publicity — Ben Kendall*, Olivia Neff, and Linnea Wright
* — Crew Chief

Fall 2020 Athletics Roundup

By Director of Athletics Zac Kraft

The Girls’ Tennis team captured the Lancaster-Lebanon League Section 3 title by finishing the regular season with a perfect 8-0 record. On Friday, Oct. 2, LCDS lost to Section 2 Champion, Lampeter-Strasburg in the League Team Tournament Semifinals. The Cougars (No. 3 seed) lost to Wyomissing (No. 2 seed) in the PIAA District 3 Class AA Team Tournament Semifinals, ending the season with an overall record of 8-1.

Fall 2020 Athletics Roundup
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At the L-L League Championships, Cassidy Gleiberman ’21 placed second in Class AA Singles for the second consecutive year, and teamed with Maggie Auman ’23 to capture the Class AA Doubles Title. Gleiberman/Auman qualified for the PIAA District 3 Class AA Doubles Tournament where they reached the Championship match before falling to a strong team from Conrad Weiser.

Post-Season Honors & Accolades:
L-L League Section 3 All-Star: Cassidy Gleiberman ’21
L-L League Coach of the Year: Hilary Waltman
LCDS Unsung Hero Award: Amelia Lowjeski ’21
LCDS Leadership Award: Isabella Gerace ’21 & Olivia Sullivan ’21
LCDS Most Valuable Player: Cassidy Gleiberman ’21
LCDS Cougar Award: Maggie Auman ’23


The Golf team finished the season with an overall record of 6-14. The Cougars were led by Winston Thai ’23 and Phoebe Stover ’22, who averaged 88.5 and 91.3 per round, respectively. Results from the L-L League Tournament played at Meadia Heights Golf Course on Monday, Sept. 28:

Winston Thai (94) — tied 34th overall, 11th in Class AA
Phoebe Stover (101) — 6th overall, 1st Class AA
Savannah Miller ’24 (109) — 11th overall, 2nd Class AA

Post-Season Honors & Accolades:
L-L League Section 4 Honorable Mention All-Star: Winston Thai ’23
LCDS Most Valuable Player: Winston Thai ’23


The Field Hockey, Boys’ Soccer and Girls’ Soccer teams successfully completed non-traditional seasons, which culminated on Saturday, Oct. 17 with Maroon & White intrasquad scrimmages, senior recognitions and team celebrations. Overall participation in the six-week intrascholastic season was robust — Field hockey (14), boys’ soccer (16), girls’ soccer (18) — as was the individual improvement of each player. Coaches and student-athletes demonstrated exceptional levels of commitment, dedication, and leadership.

Field Hockey Team Honors & Accolades:
Cougar Award — Ryan DeGreen ’23
Most Improved Player — Alexa Thomas ’24
Leadership Award — Riley Eckman ’21, Madison Feddock ’22

Girls’ Soccer Team Honors & Accolades:
Leadership Award — Alison Ngau ’21
Most Improved Player — Molly Heilshorn ’23
Captains — Annika Klombers ’21, Maddie Bono ’21

Boys’ Soccer Team Honors & Accolades:
Hustle Award — Chris Sigmund ’21
Dedication Award — Alex Vine ’21
Most Improved Player — Kieran Heim ’21
Leadership Award — Luke Forman ’21
Cougar Award — Cameron Young ’21


The JPM Girls’ Cross Country Team finished the regular season with a perfect record of 10-0 and captured the first Lancaster-Lebanon League Title in program history. Three of JPM’s top 4 runners are LCDS students: Arielle Breuninger ’21, Gabrielle Thiry ’24 and Milana Breuninger ’23. At the L-L League Championships at Ephrata MS on Wednesday, Oct. 21, Arielle placed 5th (19:54), Milana 8th (20:15) and Gabby 11th (20:22) as the JPM team fell one point short of capturing the League title. At the PIAA District 3 Championships, Arielle Breuninger ran the race of her life, finishing the 3.1 mile course in a personal best 18:33, good enough for 4th place. Gabrielle Thiry also turned in an outstanding performance and earned a medal with a time of 19:07 (16th place). Arielle will compete in the PIAA State Championships in Hershey on Saturday, Nov. 7.

The JPM Boys’ Cross Country Team finished the regular season with an overall record of 8-2 (2nd place L-L League Section 1). At the L-L League Championships, the Tornado boys placed 3rd as a team.


The Lancaster Catholic Girls’ Volleyball Team finished the regular season with an overall record of 11-2, 10-1 in League play and captured their second consecutive Section 3 title. In the postseason, the Crusaders lost to Section 2 Champion Garden Spot (the top-ranked team in District 3 AAA) in the L-L League Semifinals (3-2), and to York Suburban (No. 2 seed) in the Quarterfinal Round of the PIAA District 3 Class AAA Tournament (3-1). Led by a contingent of LCDS students, including Isabel Hoin ’21 (78 digs), Bella DeCarlo ’21 (10 kills, 9 digs), Julia Fisher ’23 (33 kills), and Summer Troxell ’22.

Post-Season Honors & Accolades:
L-L League Section 3 First Team All-Star: Julia Fisher ’23, Isabel Hoin ’21
L-L League Section 3 Second Team All-Star: Bella DeCarlo ’21
L-L League Section 3 Player of the Year: Julia Fisher ’23


The JPM Football team is currently 0-7 overall, 0-4 in L-L League Section 1. Luca Fimiani ’22 is starting at linebacker and has three carries for 15 yards on the season. The Tornado has two remaining games, at Octorara Friday, Nov. 6 and at Penn Manor on the 13th.


Orchestra Roundup & Ceramics Year-In-Review

Wright and Schaumann Earn Auditions for National Orchestra Festival

Violist Cecilia Wright ’21 and violinist Florence Schaumann ’22 both advanced from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Central Region Orchestra Festival to the All-State Festival. While this year’s All-State Festival was cancelled, the girls’ scores allow them to audition for next year’s National Association for Music Education All-Eastern Orchestra Festival and the National Orchestra Festival, two highly competitive orchestras consisting of the top players in the country.


Ceramics Year-In-Review

By Beky Weidner

Last fall a handful of students had the opportunity to have their pieces fired in a wood kiln at a studio in downtown Lancaster. In January, students created and donated 40 bowls to the Opportunity House in Reading for their Empty Bowls event, and finally a group of 30 students took a field trip to a ceramics exhibit at Landis Homes by Dennis Maust, where they had the opportunity to hear Dennis talk about his work and ask him questions.

An Everlasting Legacy

By Hasan Maqbool

I took an, arguably, out of place trip to Iraq for about two weeks in October. I had left the country amid a time of approaching college application deadlines and stressful test weeks — all the while missing three weeks of school. The weeks before I left and after I came back were extremely stressful as I struggled to fulfill my responsibilities. Why then would I take such a long excursion just as school was really getting into gear?


The reason was a religious pilgrimage called Arba’een. Shia Muslims traveling to major shrines in Iraq make up one of the largest gatherings in the world — about 22 million people gathering between two cities. What could these holy personalities have done to attract such a large number of people from all over the world?

Hussain was the grandson of Muhammad — the messenger of Islam. Following the example of his grandfather, Hussain promoted peace, coexistence, and righteous moral principles even as his birthright was usurped. When the tyrant leader Yazid demanded his pledge of allegiance, Hussain declined, saying that he would never bow to a man causing such moral decay and death.

Soon, Yazid’s forces cornered Hussain and his followers in the desert, denying them access to water. Hussain was faced with a decision: live and bow to the tyrant, abandoning all he and his family stood for, or die defending his family and principles from the onslaught of Yazid.

Hussain and his family died thirsty in the desert, fighting to preserve the true message of Islam — a message of charity, peace, virtue, and kindness.

As the army of Yazid pressed on, Hussain and his supporters stood alone that day. 1,400 years later, millions visit his shrine and those of his family — I was lucky enough to be one of them. I went to Iraq in order to relive the tragedy and revitalize my fidelity to the principles of Islam. I saw the shrines, envisioned the saints, cried at the gates, prayed for my friends and loved ones, and sympathized with those around the world suffering at the hands of tyrannical despots.

I felt a connection I can’t express in words and brought it back with me all the way here.

This pilgrimage reaffirmed what I should emphasize as priorities in my life — helping others, promoting peace, and taking a stand against injustice. Although Hussain and his family are buried peacefully in Iraq, I feel their presence every day and hope to advance and embody their principles as I go on.