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GHS Drama Club Presents ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

Geneva High School Drama Club’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. on March 28 and 29, and at 2 on Sunday, March 30 in the school’s auditorium, 101 Carter Rd. Tickets are $5 in advance and $7 at the door. They are available in Geneva at Area Records & Music, the Smith Opera House, the high school office during school hours, or by calling 315-781-5483.Set in the small Russian village of Anatevka on the eve of the Russian Revolution, “Fiddler on the Roof” tells the bittersweet story of the dairyman Tevye and his family. Tevye is trying to maintain the simplicities of traditional life while his five daughters are growing up all too quickly and outside events threaten the precarious balancing act that is their lives. Its universal themes of tradition and family, love and acceptance cut across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.Adrian Cowles sings the lead role of Tevye. He is supported by Jasmine Bush as his long-suffering wife Golde, Katie Kairys, Chelsea Pratt, and Grace Pilet as his daughters Tzeitel, Hodel, and Chava, and Jonathan Garcia, Marshall Keeton, and Erik Freeman as their suitors Motel, Perchik, and Fyedka. Hannah Schoonover plays Yente, the talkative matchmaker, T.J. Schuhle plays Lazar Wolf, the butcher, and Juliet Garcia is the titular fiddler. Nina Pitifer portrays the irascible Grandma Tzeitel while Molly DeMatties brings Fruma-Sarah, the butcher’s dead wife, to life. The rest of the supporting cast includes Sean Dolan as Mordcha, the innkeeper, Zachary Jones and Josh Jones as the Rabbi and his son, Mendel, Giorgi Bekauri as Avram, the bookseller, Jacob Wilson as Nachum, the beggar, Gloria Merced as Shaindel, Motel’s mother, and Anthony Luzzi as the constable. The chorus of villagers and Russians is comprised of Charlotte Adams-Brooks, Tiffany Balistreri, Mariami Bekauri, Alex Biehls, Courtney Biehls, Andrea Blake, Erica Christmas, Noah Cox, Robyn Cox, Chaileb Crapo, Forrest English-Loeb, Carmella Gentile-Rondon, Melinda Guaba, Angelica Marin, Kelsei Morlang, Zeta Mui, Moriah Murphy, Allauna Overstreet, Mary Salotti, Annie Wilsey, and Elyssa Youngs.Known for its infectious score of songs, including “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker,” “Miracle of Miracles,” and “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Fiddler on the Roof” is one of Broadway’s longest-running shows, and one of the most acclaimed and performed musicals world-wide. It is based on Sholom Alechiem’s stories, with a book by Joseph Stein, and an unforgettable score by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.“Fiddler” debuted on Broadway in 1964 and won nine Tony Awards the following spring. The original production received a special Tony in 1972 after becoming the longest-running show on Broadway. It was re-mounted in 1976, 1981, 1990 and 2004. The latest revival was nominated for six Tonys.The play’s title stems from a painting by Marc Chagall, one of many surreal paintings he created of eastern European Jewish life. The fiddler is a metaphor of survival, through tradition and joyfulness.Directed by Kevin Schoonover, “Fiddler” comes together with musical direction by Christine Sauter and choreography by Cara Bishop. Bruce Purdy is the technical director and Luann Preston-Wilsey is the costume designer. Puppet creation is by Deborah Poplasky while sound design and operation is by Ray Howard. Mary Schoonover is the assistant to the director and stage manager. Rebecca Caster and Josh Jolly are the production’s stage crew.Steve Palumbo directs the orchestra, consisting of the following students and adults: Sharon Caito, Rebecca Chapin, Chuck Collins, Hannah D’Amico, Jessica DiDuro, Alex Dowd, James Eddington, Emma Greenspon, Tom McClure, Kelsey Peterson, Chris Pilet, Zachary Schoonover, Dustin Smith, and Brandon Viertel.”As relevant today to performers and audiences as when it first premiered, this is one of Broadway’s greatest treasures and we are honored to present it,” noted Schoonover. “And regardless of how familiar people are with it, I think audiences will find our interpretation fresh and original.”Call 315-781-5483 for details including group discounts or to contribute to GHS Drama Club. All plays and musicals at the high school are expected to be self-sustaining and are not included in the annual operating budget.

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