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Fiddler on the Roof

April 19, 2018
By 12th Grader, Lauren O'Steen

We hope you've bought your tickets for our spring musical, Fiddler on the Roof! Wondering what it's all about? Senior, Lauren O'Steen, gives us a behind the scenes look in this week's blog.

 

Lauren O'Steen
12th Grader, Lauren O'Steen

Tech Week is finally here, and I am very excited to see how everything has come together! The lights have been set, the stage is locked in, and costumes are labeled on the racks. The show seems as if it has been ages in the making, even though rehearsals only began a little over three months ago. Cast and crew members alike are counting down the hours until the curtain opens on Friday night for Fiddler on the Roof.

Fiddler on the Roof explores the story of Tevye (Gerald Wheaton), a poor milkman, and his wife Golde (Paige Turney), who, along with their family and entire Jewish community, face Russian oppression in the early 1900s. One of the things I love most in this play is that through Tevye’s story, the audience can clearly see how the love of God plays out into their lives. Tevye’s family is poor, but God still provides for their needs, protects them from persecution, and provides joy in times of trouble. Tevye’s relationship with God is more like one with a friend and mentor, whom he argues with when he feels wronged and celebrates with in good times.

"the audience can clearly see how the love of God plays out into their lives"

 

Fiddler Practice
Cast and crew have put in a lot of hours!

God can be seen not only on stage, but behind the scenes too. Of course, Fiddler on the Roof would not have been possible without the talents and direction of Mrs. Hali Christopher. Through her (albeit sometimes stern) guidance, every student is given the tools necessary to be successful in their role in the production, whether they have the main role or sweep the floor. God has also blessed the show with parent volunteers such as Jan Porter and John and Alice Olvera who are willing to spend hundreds of hours of their time to assist with sets and teach students about construction and natural painting. We also were given an abundance of community support that can be seen through business advertisements, as the program is longer than ever. Furthermore, cast and crew members were able to grasp a deeper understanding of Jewish heritage through the lessons of Mr. Berg, who is well-versed Jewish traditions and prayers, so the scenes can be as culturally authentic as possible.

Behind the Scenes
Practicing the song,  "To Life".

As the line reader in the production (Yes, it was my job to read off the script during rehearsals when an actor called “Line!”), and being new to the program, I was able to watch the development of Fiddler on the Roof from an outsider’s viewpoint. I was there to experience the pure joy of when the boys performed the song “To Life” all the way through for the first time, and the tears that came when a rehearsal did not go as well as hoped. I have been amazed at the amount of effort the cast has put in over the past couple months, and I am extremely thankful to have been included in the show. 

Fiddler on the Roof
Buy your tickets at www.showtix4u.com!

So how can you be a part of the show? Tickets can be bought at the door and pre-ordered on showtix4u.com. Performances are Friday night, April 20, at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 21,  at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. 

Please take time to pray for cast and crew members, that they will have the confidence to do their jobs to the best of their abilities and to glorify God from the opening monologue to the last goodbye.

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Kris Turney says:
April 19, 2018 10:35 AM CST

Wonderful! I truly love how Lauren has captured all of the hard work, joys, sorrows, and triumphs that come from being a part of the Spring musical! It has been a huge blessing to us to see how God has used Mrs. Christopher and the plays in Paige’s growth, giving her confidence and friendships to last forever. The theater family is truly a tight and special one. It will be a play to remember always!!


Curry McClurken says:
April 19, 2018 10:36 AM CST

Very well written blog, concise and articulate. Hope the show goes well. I will send up some prayers and “Break a leg” to the cast!!


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