Delmarva Christian High School presented "Fiddler on the Roof," its first full musical, on April 19-20.

Delmarva Christian High School presented "Fiddler on the Roof," its first full musical, on April 19-20.

"I've attended many other high school performances over the years, and I thought Delmarva Christian's performance of Fiddler on the Roof surpassed all the others. It was a stellar performance! Job well done," said Paula Swenkowski after watching the school's rendition of the renowned classic.

Over 40 DCHS students were directly involved in the school's production of "Fiddler on the Roof" and countless others helped make the play a success. The commitment was made not only by students, but also by parents, teachers, and members of the surrounding community.

"Wow! I did not have any anticipation when we started this school year that the growing arts department at DCHS would have the energy, ambition, and resources to pull together our first full musical," said Principal Mike Vonhof. "The fact that many others have supported in some way shows that the DCHS student and parent community stepped up and supported the school's performing arts program in a big way."

Over three years ago, Scott Kemerling, the founding principal of DCHS, desired to see the school's arts program grow to include performing arts in addition to the already established visual arts class. After finding the right individual to lead the charge and with the support of the DCHS Board, Jonathan Douglas was hired. Since then, Douglas has taken Kemerling's original vision and has shaped it into a program that is impacting lives today. This year, the DCHS arts program has expanded with the addition of Linda Perry, who is directing the choral program, and Patti McCallum, who has begun an instrumental program.

"The arts present a tremendous opportunity to worship," Vonhof said. "The arts tug at our hearts and bring about emotions that we rarely share or experience in everyday life. As Christians we believe that we are created to worship and glorify God in all that we do. We understand that the arts are a very important part of accomplishing our school's mission."