‘Fid­dler on the Roof’ com­ing to CHT on June 10

Record Observer - - Arts & Entertainment -

CHURCH HILL — One of the world’s best-loved mu­si­cals, the mem­o­rable and up­lift­ing “Fid­dler on the Roof,” will open at Church Hill The­atre on June 10. CHT’s ac­com­plished Sylvia Maloney di­rects this saga of love, tra­di­tion and change in the lives of Tevye and his fam­ily in the Tsarist vil­lage of Anat­evka.

The orig­i­nal 1964 Broad­way pro­duc­tion was the first mu­si­cal to run more than 3,000 per­for­mances and won an ex­tra­or­di­nary nine Tony Awards. With nu­mer­ous re­vivals, a film ver­sion nom­i­nated for eight Os­cars, and trans­la­tion into dozens of lan­guages, the longevity of “Fid­dler” is proof that Sholem Ale­ichem’s sim­ple story about Jewish vil­lagers has univer­sal ap­peal. The mu­sic by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Shel­don Har­nick and book by Joseph Stein bring us un­for­get­table tunes such as “Tra­di­tion,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Sun­rise, Sun­set,” and many more in­stantly rec­og­niz­able songs.

Maloney has as­sem­bled a cast of 27 lo­cal ac­tors, singers and dancers to bring Anat­evka “To Life” on the CHT stage. Chore­og­ra­pher Cavin Moore, pi­anist Ju­dith Miller and youth stage man­agers Mor­gan Arm­strong and Katie Sardo with men­tor Shan­non Whi­taker will help to or­ga­nize the com­plex pro­duc­tion, which fea­tures a live or­ches­tra con­ducted by mu­sic direc­tor Matt Davis.

Herb Ziegler plays the milk­man Tevye, the driv­ing force of the story. De­bra Eber­sole, Kristi McNiece, Becca Van Aken, Grace McCreary, Maya McGrory and Lind­say McCowan por­tray his wife and five daugh­ters, around whom the ac­tion re­volves. Mark Wien­ing, Matt Folker, Robert Bran­ning and John Beck play the daugh­ters’ suit­ors. Kathy Jones is the match­maker Yente; Caleb McNiece is the Rus­sian con­sta­ble. Bob Chauncey is the innkeeper; Michael White­hill is the vil­lage Rabbi; and Heather Joyce-By­ers and Jean Lever­age play char­ac­ters in Tevye’s “night­mare.” There is even a Fid­dler on the roof: chore­og­ra­pher Cavin Moore.

Cho­rus mem­bers who will fill the streets of Anat­evka in­clude Will Cov­ing­ton, Jim John­son, Jus­den Mes­sick, El­liott Morotti, Bryce Sul­li­van, Ste­fan Tis­dale, Kylie Som­mer, Kelly Os­tazeski and Alyson Far­nell.

Mark your cal­en­dars. Fid­dler on the Roof runs from June 10 to 26, with per­for­mances on Fri­days and Satur­days at 8 p.m. and on Sun­days at 2 p.m. Call the CHT of­fice at 410-556-6003 or visit the web­site www.church­hillthe­atre. org for de­tails and reser­va­tions.

CON­TRIBUTED PHOTO

Mo­tel (Mark Wien­ing) tries to con­vince Tevye (Herb Ziegler) that he would make a good match for Tzei­tel (Kristi McNiece, right) in CHT pro­duc­tion of “Fid­dler on the Roof.”

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