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'Fiddler' a grand choice for playhouse opener

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Tevye (F. Joseph Wilson), flanked by the young ladies of the small Jewish community, joins the rest of the village for the musical number, "Tradition" to kick off "Fiddler on the Roof" which opens for a three-weekend run beginning Friday, Oct. 8.
(Photos by Randy M. Cauthron)
One of the most popular musicals of all-time will help usher in the new SCT Playhouse when "Fiddler on the Roof" opens for public audiences Friday, Oct. 8, beginning a three-weekend run in the newly renovated and remodeled SCT facility in Spencer.

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.

Golde (Deb Mechler) listens as Yente the Matchmaker (Jean Johnson) goes on and on during a special visit.
"Fiddler," which held the record of over 3,000 performances for 10 years on Broadway, is still considered one of the most incredible stage musicals of the second half of the 20th century. The story, based on short stories by Ukranian writer Sholom Aleichem, has been transformed into a stage show from a book by Joseph Stein, featuring lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock. Although millions around the world were familiar with Tevye and his daughters, Norman Jewison's screen play only added to the musical's popularity.

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.

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It was awesome and I was amazed at the local talent running around amok in our communities! The new theater is gorgeous. I'm more of a sports fan than an arts fan but it was great! Take time to broaden your horizons and check it out.

-- Posted by Leah Cauthron on Fri, Oct 8, 2010, at 9:27 AM

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