Dolly Gallagher Levi, upper right in photo, is at the center of things in the New York City setting of “Hello, Dolly!” (Hailey Palmer/Lynden Tribune)

Life after loss is topic students can learn from

LYNDEN ­— Lynden Christian High School students will explore the theme of life after loss when they hit the stage this weekend with the classic tale and dance numbers of “Hello, Dolly!”

The 1964 musical with lyrics and music by Jerry Herman is the latest production LCHS students will put on stage with six performances starting Saturday, Jan. 26. 

Show director Allison Ross said she and members of the school board thought about what students would be able to learn from the show when they chose “Hello, Dolly” over other productions. 

“The main character has experienced a loss before the show and this is her process of kind of coming back into the world,” Ross said. “The four characters you’ll see in the picture are all coming from one place of being stuck in their lives in some way and moving into new abundant life in another way. That whole arc of change and growth and coming into life is really valuable for these high schoolers to think about [because they] are moving through this very fragile and exciting period of life.”

Ross said she and the rest of the crew also try to think about the content of the story and why it’s relevant before deciding on a show. “Why are we doing this play,” she said is the thought process. “Why now? Why here?”

The plot of the show follows widow Dolly Gallagher Levi who travels to New York to find love for the “half-a-millionaire” Horace Vandergelder.

The original Broadway production of the show won 10 Tony awards, including for best musical. 

For Lynden Christian’s rendition, senior Sofia Bouma will be playing the lead role of Dolly while seniors Peyton Terpstra and Jonah Hill will play Irene Molloy and Cornelius Hackl, respectively. Juniors Isabella Almlie and Josiah VanderGriend will take on the roles of Minnie Fay and Barnaby Tucker.