Pied Piper Theatre students are embracing “tradition” with their production of Fiddler on the Roof JR. From the first rehearsal the cast has explored how Fiddler on the Roof JR. touches on life in Pre-Revolutionary Russia. They are examining important issues such as tradition, tolerance and faith, all of which remain relevant today. Directed by Christine Maxted, the show features 44 students between the ages of 8 and 18 representing 32 schools in our community and the surrounding area.
Fiddler on the Roof JR. is a student version of the musical Fiddler on the Roof which features music by Jerry Bock, a book by Joseph Stein and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and is based on Sholem Aleichem's stories by special permission of Arnold Per. Recognized as one of great American musicals, the original Fiddler on the Roof won the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, nine Tony awards and a special Tony in 1972 for its unique contribution to Broadway.
The musical tells the story of a poor dairyman, Tevye, who in the little village of Anatevka, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tightly knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. The traditions of his ancestors are shattered as his daughters assert their independence and government troops brutally force Tevye and his fellow villagers from their homes. The curtain falls on Tevye’s uplifting determination to create another life in the New World.
The cast features Andrew Serrano Bremer as Tevye; Brook Hernandez as Golde; Danielle Serrano Bremer as Tzeitel, Caitlin Lohfeld as Hodel, Elizabeth Karcher as Chaya, Amelia Robertson as Sphrintze, Brynna Thaxter as Bielke, Tyler Mulligan as Lazar Wolf, Avery Heisey as Yente, Josh Starzyk as Motel, Ashton Cumpston as Perchik, Jason Armstrong as Fyedka, Jaidan Chuquillangui as Rabbi, Katie Chambers as Mordcha, Isabella Schumacher as Avram, Lydia Sutton as Yessel, Megan Berk as Sasha, and Catherine Sinclair as Mendel.
The ensemble includes: Adelyn Begg, Hope Carey, Rhyan Chambers, Theo Charlton, Josie Cole, Bowie Conser, Jackson Doll, Juliet Durham, Lola Guadalupe, Kate Heflin, Aleyna Heisey, Erin Jansen, Jack Jester, Joel Jurack, Cecilia Laird, Deen Lateef, Elizabeth Maxted, Ollie Maxted, Alannah McCleerey, Brielle McCleeray, Lauren Motter, Grace Mulligan, Erin Rigby, Rachel Scott, Franny Stec, and Isabella Willis.
The show is directed by Christine Maxted. Other members of the production team are Julie Mack, Music Director; Lexxi Frilles, Choreographer; James Maxted, Tech Director; Logan Steele, Assistant Director; and Charlotte Steele and Jennifer Heflin, Producers.
Pied Piper Theatre will present Fiddler on the Roof JR. on October 16 at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. and Sunday, October 17 at 4:00 p.m. at Metz Middle School, 9950 Wellington Road, Manassas, VA 20110. Tickets are $20 or $16 for ages 12 & under and are available at VirginiaARTfactory.org/Tickets. For more information on the show please call Kimberly Kemp, Director of Theatre Arts at the ARTfactory (703) 330-ARTS or log on to VirginiaArtfactory.org.
Fiddler on the Roof JR. is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019 Phone: 212-541-4684 Fax: 212-397-4684 www.MTIShows.com.
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