Fiddler on the Roof (July 2014)

Fiddler on the Roof (July 2014)

SUMMARY

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is a musical theatre tradition and winner of 10 Tony Awards which debuted in 1965. Set in the little Russian village of Anatevka in 1905, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with tradition in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, the universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.

Paul Warshauer (center) presents a Sabbath ceremony outside on the lawn before Friday’s show. Members of the cast, in costume, joined him to learn about the Jewish Sabbath which begins on Friday evening with a blessing over candles, wine and Challah, a special braided bread. Betti Kamolz performed the blessing over the candles.

CAST AND PRODUCTION TEAM

Cast

Tevye: Kent Menzel, A Dairyman
Golde: Anita Prestidge, His Wife
Yente: Brenda Nielsen, A Matchmaker
Lazar Wolf: Philip Henning, The Butcher
Tzeitel: Danica Scharlemann, Tevye’s Oldest Daughter
Motel Kamzoil: Alex Schotzko, The Tailor
Hodel: Leah Boeder, Tevye’s Second Daughter
Perchik/Fiddler: David Wendland, The Radical Student
Chava: Kyara Grunst, Tevye’s Third Daughter
Shprintze: Magdala Diersen, Tevye’s Fourth Daughter
Bielke: Ashley Schaeffer (Fri/Sun), Izzy Wurster (Thu/Sat), Tevye’s Youngest Daughter
Fyedka: Nicholas Schisel, A Young Russian Man
Rabbi/Hazzan: Paul Henning, Kevin Sweeney, The Religious Leaders
Shaindel Kamzoil: Betti Kamolz, Motel’s Mother
Morcha: Bryan Reising, The Innkeeper
Mendel: Zack Scharlemann, The Rabbi’s Son
Avram: Sam Patet, The Bookseller
Nachum: Tom Kaehler, The Beggar
Grandma Tzeitel: Judy Sellner, A Kindly Spirit from the Past
Fruma Sarah: Mary Kissner, A Scary Spirit from the Past
Constable: Mark Santelman
Sasha: David Henning, Fyedka’s Friend
Yussel: Derek Helget, Fyedka’s Friend
Dimitri: Nicholas Wellmann, Fyedka’s Fiend
Shayna Punim: Bentley Rethwill, A Red-headed Infant
Villagers, Russians, Chorus

Leticia Adame, John Bergstrand, Gene Brand, Cloe Cedillo, Stephanie Dose, Abbey Guggisberg, Aidan Hendrickson, Miriam Henning, Kerry Hoffman, Anna Knowles, Olivia Menzel, Elizabeth Menzel, Monica Reising, Maria Reising, Evie Sellner, Dawson Sellner, Ella Wurster

Production Team

Director: Paul Warshauer
Producer: Judy Sellner
Music Director–Vocal: Kathy Wurster
Music Director–Conductor: Miles Wurster
Stage Manager: Vickie Kuehn
Assistant Director/Intern: Andrea Broman
Choreographers: Missy Marty, Anita Prestidge
Set Design: Reed Glawe, Paul Warshauer
Properties: Kerry Hoffman, Vickie Kuehn
Set Construction: Clifford Hare, Derrick Hare
House Manager: Jodi Skillings
Lighting Design: Blake Bruns, Sarah Willems
Sound Design: Josh Menzel
Costume Design: Molly Smith, Lolly Foy
Fiddler on the Roof presented by special arrangement with the Music Theatre International. This production is sponsored in part by the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council.