Artistree's First Musical-Fiddler On The Roof Outstanding #ArtisTreeVT #FiddlerontheRoof #PentangleArts #VT #WoodstockVT

February 6, 2015
Woodstock VT
“Traditions, traditions. Without our traditions, our lives would be as shaky as... as... as a fiddler on the roof!” asserts Tevye, the famous father of five and main character in Fiddler on the Roof.

It's Opening Night and the crew are still arranging the some of props. Checking for the height of the cart that will carry Fruma Sarah (a ghost) on stage. The orchestra is tuning up and Owen Kevra-Lenz (Fiddler) is running through a few notes. The stage wings are filled to bursting with props and the dressing room is very noisy and crowded with thirty actors getting ready to wow the audience. 

Robert Summers, who has appeared over 200 times as Tevye couldn't be more perfect for the part. Tevye’s wit, insights, and heart are just part of what has made Fiddler on the Roof one of the most successful and longest running productions in musical theatre history. Roxy York plays Golde and easily matches wits with her onstage husband Tevye.

Set in 1905, in a fictional Jewish village-Anatevka, Russia, times are changing not just among Tevye’s five daughters, who have their own thoughts about their respective futures but in the village itself. The Russians are becoming increasingly intolerant of Tevye and his neighbors. 

Tevye's world rapidly becomes "shaky." His eldest daughter Tzeitel doesn't want a match made by Yente, she loves Motel. His daughters Hodel and Chava have made up their minds on who they love too, and they aren't the good Jewish boys he had in mind. What's a father to do...

 The score, by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, features songs loved around the world, including “Tradition,” “If I Were A Rich Man,” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”  Some audience members can be heard quietly singing along.

"I love this show! I chose Fiddler because the play is rooted in family and community. It’s the concept of tradition and, specifically, changing tradition that is such an exciting, contemporary idea to me. I can’t wait to introduce this perfect American musical to young people who can carry on its music and its message for another 50 years," says Fiddler Director Jarvis Green.

This is quite an ambitious undertaking for a first musical but under the direction of Green, Artistree's Theatre Company has pulled it off and pulled it off extremely well. Collaborating with Pentangle Arts gives the Theatre Company a wonderfully venue for future shows, hopefully this is the beginning of a long term relationship between the two artistic groups.

Final Performances:
Friday, FEB 13 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, FEB 14 at 7:30 pm
Sunday, FEB 15 at 5:00 pm
Woodstock Town Hall Theatre
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Fiddler On The Roof, Opening Night
Artistree Theatre Company and Pentangle Arts
Town Hall Theatre
Woodstock, VT February 6, 2015
Copyright ©2015 Nancy Nutile-McMenemy

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