Wright State Theatre to present classic musical ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

Wright State Theatre’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” runs from Nov. 2 to Nov. 19 in the Festival Playhouse in the Creative Arts Center. (Photos by Erin Pence)

Wright State University Theatre continues its 43rd season with the popular musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” running from Nov. 2 to Nov. 19 in the Festival Playhouse in the Creative Arts Center.

Adored by fans for generations, “Fiddler on the Roof” features treasured show tunes like “Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”

Performances are Nov. 2, 8, 9 and 16 at 7 p.m.; Nov. 3, 4, 10, 11, 17 and 18 at 8 p.m.; and Nov. 5, 11, 12, 18 and 19 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $22 for adults and $20 students and seniors.

For tickets and theatre information call the Creative Arts Center Box Office at 937-775-2500, or purchase single tickets online.

The original production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” directed and choreographed by Jerome Robbins, opened on Broadway in 1964 and won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, score, book and choreography. It is one of the longest-running Broadway musicals, with many revivals and tours, and a renowned film adaptation in 1971.

The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach on the family’s lives. He must cope with his three older daughters, who wish to marry for love and move further from traditional ways, and with an edict of the Tsar that evicts Jews from their village.

“We live in a time of refugees, with seemingly every news cycle depicting the plight and the flight of families and communities across the globe, from Syria to Africa,” said W. Stuart McDowell, who is directing the production and is artistic director of the Department of Theatre, Dance and Motion Pictures. “‘Fiddler on the Roof’ speaks to us about the story within these stories — of love, of passion, of faith, of community and of persecution and resolution to move on, to seek a new life in a distant land and to prevail.”

Emma Alexander is assisting McDowell with directing the production. Musical direction is by Scot Woolley (“9 to 5,” “No, No, Nannette”) and choreography is by Teressa Wylie McWilliams (“Chicago”). Sets are designed by David J. Castellano (“You Can’t Take It with You,” “The Children’s Hour”), lighting by Matthew P. Benjamin (“Restoration!”), costumes by Naomi Reisner (“The Children’s Hour”), properties by Michael Tipton (“The Children’s Hour”), sound by Ryan Burgdorf (“Restoration!”) and stage management by Stephanie Macchia (“The Children’s Hour”).

Featured onstage are Joshua Beasley (Tevye), Megan Valle (Golde), Kayli Modell (Tzeitel), Aaron Roitman (Motel), Danielle Bessler (Hodel), Kyle Miller (Perchik), Emma Buchanan (Chava), Philip Stock (Fyedka), Michaella Waickman (Shprintze), Dana Bixler (Bielke, Grandma Tzeitel), Isabella Andrews (Yente), Joe Green (Lazar Wolf), Erik Moth (Mordcha), Louie Kurtzman (Rabbi), Joey Kennedy (Mendel), Ross Bloedorn (Avram), Will Graber (Nachum), Rachel Green (Shaindel, Fruma-Sarah), Justin Mathews (Constable) and Halle Augenstein (Fiddler). The ensemble includes Megan Arseneau, Halle Augenstein, Rita Cavicchia, Jordan Garcia, Will Graber, Joey Kennedy, Kat Klensch, Bailey Olean, Taylor Patrick, Dylan Tacker, Michaella Waickman, Christopher Wells and Elly Wood.

2017-18 Wright State Theatre season

The Wright State Theatre season also includes:

  • “Urinetown: The Musical,” Dec. 1–10
  • “The Grapes of Wrath,” Feb. 1–11
  • “The Mystery of Edwin Drood,” March 15–April 8
  • “The Memory of Water,” April 20–22

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