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T.C. Williams High School Fiddler on the Roof

By • May 4th, 2009 • Category: Cappies

Tzeitel refuses to marry Lazar Wolf, Hodel leaves home to rejoin her love in Siberia, and Chava has fallen in love with a gentile! What’s a father to do? Well, last night T.C. Williams showed us how to deal with life’s difficulties with their performance of Fiddler on the Roof. A heart wrenching and classic tale about a Jewish community caught between tradition and new ideas.

Based on the book by Joseph Stein, Fiddler on the Roof became a musical and opened on Broadway in 1964. With music written by Jerry Bock and lyrics written by Sheldon Harnick, the story takes place in 1905 in Tsarist Russia. The story is about a Jewish dairyman, Tevye, and his family and the hardships they go through as their world is changing. As the story unfolds, each character must learn how to make their own decisions instead of relying on their traditions; Tevye must learn to accept the decisions of his daughters, likewise, his daughters must learn how to follow their hearts and leave their family behind.

The musical opened with a bang as Tevye (Zachary Frank) came on stage and wowed the audience with a fantastic voice. Frank played the character of a very traditional, Jewish father with talent and vigor.

The village’s energy, although inconsistent, was fun to watch and full of talent. Tevye’s daughters were each unique and had something to offer. Hodel (Ellen Broetzmann) took the stage during her moving rendition of Far from the Home I Love. Chava (Madeline Bryan) was a joy to watch and consistently stayed in character and succeeded in conveying the deep emotional turmoil that her character felt. Yente (Maham Ayaz) was a riot as the matchmaker. With enthusiasm and energy, Ayaz knew her character perfectly and had the audience laughing out loud.

The scene changes, while lengthy, were very smooth and the crew did a fine job.

T.C. William’s touching and heart-felt performance of Fiddler on the Roof served as a reminder of what tradition really means and how we can cope with the difficulties in our lives. Fiddler on the Roof will also be performed this weekend, May 8 and 9 at 7:30PM. Don’t miss it.

by Anne-Elisabeth Halbert of Bishop Ireton High School

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