(Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
A special performance will be held Thursday, Oct. 7, for friends of the theatre and special guests.
The 1979 SCT production of "Fiddler On The Roof" was voted the "Most popular production of the first SCT 40 seasons." SCT's executive director, Connie Goeken and other volunteers including Deb Mechler, Roger Leistad and Kathy Krebsbach were involved in the 1979 production. Now, 31 years later, those same names play a role on the return of the musical.
In the little village, a poor dairyman, Tevye (F. Joseph Wilson) and his wife Golde (Mechler) try to instill in their five daughters the traditions of their tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia.
The score includes memorable musical favorites, "Tradition," "Matchmaker," "If I Were a Rich Man," "Sabbath Prayer," "To Life," and "Far From the Home I Love."
The cast of 61 includes SCT regulars Dave Jacobsen, Scott Meier, Jean Johnson, Myra Currans-Partridge, Iesha Meyer, Amanda Devine, Mike Olson, Jill Barr, Whitney Thiessen, Kyle Rose, Nikki Johnson, Katie Simpson, Greg Davis, Roger Leistad, Jane Jans, Mike Addengast, Melisa Wallace, Mark Alan, Barb Larson and Karlie Frerichs along with others.
Curtis Dean is the show's director, assisted by Krebsbach. Marta Johnson and Dean Garner serve as the stage management team; Jeremiah Devine is the music director for the production; Devine is aslo SCT's artistic director apprentice under Cara Gerlock.
For millions of people of widely differing cultures and religions, age groups and ethnic backgrounds, the story has a deeply personal message. The humor and drama have transcended language barriers. Deeper though, is the universality of it's theme. "Fiddler" is about human values and traditions. It is about resistance to tradition. It is about a man and his relationship with his family, his people, his enemy and God. It is about pride, dignity and oppression. On stage, the action takes place in a small village in Czarist Russia called Anatevka, but in actuality, it takes place everywhere.
We've got you covered
Saturday's Daily Reporter will feature photos from Thursday night's special grand opening gala and performance of "Fiddler on the Roof" at the new SCT Playhouse. Due to the late evening, photos will not appear in Friday's edition. Pictures highlighting the event will be available in the paper and online.
About the show
The show will run at 7:30 p.m. on Oct. 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23, with 2 p.m. matinees on Sunday, Oct. 10 and 17. Tickets are on sale now and may be reserved through the SCT Box Office at 262-7336. SCT Box Office Hours are 11 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday (at the SCT Playhouse), and an hour before each performance. Tickets are $18 for adults and $10 for children 12 and under. Rush tickets (half-price tickets) are available for high school and college students the day of the show if tickets are available.