Theatre Company celebrates classic musical with summer production of Fiddler on the Roof
Tickets available now for July production
In celebration of the 50th anniversary of Fiddler on the Roof's debut Broadway production, the TCOE Theatre Company will perform the popular musical seven times this summer. "Fiddler is one of the most popular musicals ever written," says Brian Roberts, director of the Theatre Company. "We wanted our students to be familiar with the material because it is a classic and because they will certainly come across it again as they keep performing."
Fiddler on the Roof is based on the story of Tevye, a father of five daughters who struggles to maintain his family and their Jewish traditions in pre-revolutionary Russia. Tevye, who will be played by Redwood High School junior Jack O'Leary, must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters and the edict of Russia's tsar to evict the Jews from their village.
"We try to select very different material from year to year," says Mr. Roberts. "So, after doing Shrek last summer, a classic like Fiddler seemed natural. Our students will be challenged by the deep characters and the cultural differences they encounter in this show. It's an actor's musical, demanding strong characterizations that are very different from what our students have experienced in the past."
The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, was the first musical theatre run in history to surpass 3,000 performances. Fiddler also won nine Tony Awards.
Tickets to the performances listed below will be available beginning July 7 at TCOE's two Visalia locations: 7000 Doe Ave. Suite A and 2637 W. Burrel Ave., Monday-Friday during normal business hours. Tickets will also be available at the L.J. Williams box office one-half hour before each show begins.
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