N.J. - Old world traditions run headlong into changing values and
political turmoil in Czarist Russian when Playful Theatre Productions
presents "Fiddler on the Roof" at Mercer County
Community College's Kelsey Theatre. One of Broadway's longest-running
hits, dates and times for "Fiddler" are: Fridays, Feb.
26 and Mar. 5 at 8 p.m.; Saturdays, Feb. 27 and Mar. 6 at 2 and
8 p.m.; and Sundays, Feb. 28 and Mar. 7 at 2 p.m. Kelsey Theatre
is located on the college's West
Windsor campus, 1200 Old Trenton Road. A reception with the
cast and crew follows the opening night performance on Feb. 26.
It's 1905 in
the village of Anatevka. Tevye, a poor milkman, and his wife, Golde,
are struggling to stay true to their Jewish traditions as they raise
five daughters, not all of whom are happy with the village's meddling
matchmaker. Family drama is set against the backdrop of world events,
with the ruling Russian government's anti-Semitism threatening to
drive Tevye and his family from their home.
saga is embellished with a powerful musical score, including such
treasured songs as "Tradition," "Sunrise, Sunset,"
"Matchmaker," and "To Life." First performed
on Broadway in 1964, the show won nine Tony Awards, including Best
Musical and Best Musical Score and ran for a record-setting
3,242 performances. It was made into an Academy Award-winning film
in 1971. Revivals by professional and community companies, and school
groups nationwide have made "Fiddler" one of the most
popular stage musicals of all time.
"Fiddler on the Roof" are: Tom Bessellieu as Tevye, Elizabeth
Martinetti as Golde, Kate Franklin as Shprintze, Rachael Haber as
Chava, Ashley Hencken as Tzeitel, Marissa Marciano as Bielke, and
Theresa Schwickert as Hodel. Also appearing are Steven Auzuini as
Motel, Sharon Underberg as Shaindel, Bonnie Cusack as Yente, Kaitlynn
Ely as Fiddler, Fred Gropper as Mordcha, Marc Flicker as Nachum
the Beggar, Ellen LaCorte as Grandma Tzeitel, Thomas Randby as Perchick,
Joe Rodriguez as Lazar Wolf, Jaimie McMillin as Frumah Sarah, Brendan
Stackhouse as Fyedka, Jeff Scharf as the Rabbi, Dan Slothower as
Constable, Joe Smith as the Priest, and Ken McCormick as Avrahm
Also featured are Jeb Barkenbush and Mia Barkenbush, Judy Berwick,
Glen Bortolus, MaryRose Brendel, Heather Dixon, Justin Drach, Sophie
Freedman, LeaRae Frenock, Alana Greener, Tina Henderson, Michael
Kerr, Suzanne Lawrence, William Mercado, Jack Petzko, Donna Reed,
Jeffrey Rosenthal and Heather Santos.