Chi­nook presents clas­sic mu­si­cal


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Chi­nook High School theatre stu­dents will bring an iconic Broad­way mu­si­cal deal­ing with themes of tra­di­tion ver­sus social change to light that are still rel­e­vant in to­day’s modern so­ci­ety.

Fid­dler On The Roof, set in the early 1900s re­volves around the fic­tional Jewish set­tle­ment of Anat­evka, in south­west­ern Rus­sia. The other themes are per­se­cu­tion, prej­u­dice, and love.

It fol­lows the story of Tevye, and his five daugh­ters. Slowly each of his daugh­ters find a hus­band, and each of those hus­bands chal­lenge a piece of Tevye’s faith.

The cur­rent pro­duc­tion is pre­sented by the Mu­sic Theatre Stud­ies class at Chi­nook and fea­tures 62 stu­dents.

The class is taught by direc­tor David Miku­liak, and in­tern teacher and codi­rec­tor Tony Zap­pone.

Zap­pone said that Chi­nook is one of two pro­grams in Al­berta who offers the class that goes to­wards high school credit, if stu­dents want to pur­sue act­ing in the fu­ture in univer­sity.

“There is a hand­ful of stu­dents in the class that want to pur­sue a ca­reer in theatre,” said Zap­pone. “A lot are se­ri­ously con­sid­er­ing tak­ing that path, so this is very good prepa­ra­tion for that.”

He adds that Fid­dler On The Roof was cho­sen due to hav­ing a large cast which gives ev­ery­one the op­por­tu­nity to have a role in it.

“It’s a chal­leng­ing mu­si­cal, and with this class that has a very bright and tal­ented group of kids, we are al­ways try­ing to raise the bar,” said Zap­pone.

The class is in­tended to guide stu­dents through project re­search; au­di­tion pro­cesses; cast­ing; re­hearsal sched­ul­ing; the­atri­cal de­sign; and char­ac­ter study/devel­op­ment.

Grade 12 stu­dent, Re­gan Landin, has been in­volved in theatre for a num­ber of years, and felt that through this ex­pe­ri­ence with the mu­si­cal she has found her voice.

Landin feels that she wouldn’t be as com­fort­able be­ing who she is if it weren’t for theatre.

“This gives me the op­por­tu­nity to be who I am, no mat­ter what, with­out any judge­ment,” said Landin.

With Landin’s role as Tzei­tel, she thinks the mu­si­cal is a very tra­di­tional piece, and rel­e­vant to to­day’s cur­rent events to what’s go­ing on.

“There’s so much change that’s go­ing on with in­di­vid­u­al­ity, and be­ing who you want to be in­stead of lis­ten­ing to all the ex­pectan­cies of a per­son.”

She hopes to pur­sue act­ing af­ter high school, as she feels best when on stage.

“I like be­ing able to give the au­di­ence a type of feel­ing that I feel when I watch some­one else per­form,” said Landin. “Giv­ing them that vul­ner­a­bil­ity of my­self, and pour­ing my heart out to the au­di­ence, feel­ing that ac­com­plish­ment at the end is so re­ward­ing.”

Sean Wil­liams, also a Grade 12 stu­dent, said he has also been in­volved in theatre for a few years, and got into theatre be­cause he wanted to de­velop more abil­ity on stage, mu­si­cally, and with act­ing.

He en­joyed tap­ping into his role of Tevye, and felt that Tevye was one of those char­ac­ters that he finds in him­self.

“I think it’s re­ally uni­ver­sal for theatre but you’re able to re­ally de­velop em­pa­thy for oth­ers be­cause you have to have these ex­pe­ri­ences, and learn how to be some­one else,” said Wil­liams.

He adds that he would be happy if the au­di­ence was able to take away the gen­eral mes­sage of Fid­dler On The Roof. The strug­gle be­tween in­di­vid­u­al­ity and tra­di­tion, and that break­ing those tra­di­tions is what is rel­e­vant in the world, and what they want to point out to their au­di­ence.

Open­ing night is Tues­day at 7 p.m. and will run un­til Satur­day. Tick­ets are avail­able for pur­chase at Chi­nook High School, on­line at leth­­cashon­, or at

the door on open­ing night.

@IMarten­sHer­ald Her­ald photo by Ian Martens

The cast of Chi­nook High School fire arts depart­ment’s pro­duc­tion of Fid­dler on the Roof runs through a scene as they get set to stage the mu­si­cal this Tues­day through Satur­day at the Chi­nook Me­dia Cen­tre.

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