Book by Joseph Stein, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Directed by Deanna Jent
October 30 – November 22, 2009
Thursday – Saturday 8:00 PM
Sunday 2:00 PM
Set during a period of great turmoil just prior to the Russian Revolution (1905). Tevye the milkman is struggling to maintain his traditions and values while his world is transforming around him.
Tevye: Jerry Russo*
Golde: Lavonne Byers
Tzeitel/Fiddle Player/Shprintze: Laura Sexauer
Motel/Russian: Ryan Cooper
Hodel: Julie Venegoni
Perchik/Beggar: Paul Pagano*
Chava/Frume Sarah/Bielke: Natasha Toro
Fyedka/Mendel: Dylan Duke
Yente/Grandma Tzeitel: Eleanor Mullin
Lazar Wolf/Avram/Russian: Michael Brightman
Mordcha/Rabbi/Constable: Richard Lewis
Designers & Crew
Director: Deanna Jent
Assistant Director: Jean Lang
Music Director: Joe Dreyer
Set Design: Dunsi Dai
Light Design: Michael Sullivan
Costume Design: Jane Sullivan
Stage Manager: Bess Moynihan
Assistant Stage Managers: David Chandler, Sydney Frasure
Set Interns: Jessica Haley, Tom Stevenson
Lighting Interns: Valleri Dillard, Timomi Seki, Justin Walker
Props: Adrienne Curry, Jessica Haley
Board Operators: Valleri Dillard, Justin Walker
House Managers: Adrienne Curry, Stephanie Licklider, Chelsea Russell
A Note from Deanna Jent... director of Fiddler on the Roof and Artistic Director of Mustard Seed Theatre
Imagine that it’s late December, 1948. As part of their Hanukkah festivities, families descended from the villagers of “Anatevka,” now living in America, come together to celebrate and re-enact their ancestors’ stories. The founding of the state of Israel on May 14, 1948 created conflict in the Jewish community – some objected to a secular Jewish state while others rejoiced. In the wake of the Arab-Israeli war which followed, many young Jewish-Americans moved to Israel to join the Israeli Defense Force, which became a source of both joy and grief for some families.
Within the framework of this time of transition, our production celebrates the lives of Tevye and his family in similarly challenging times. The melodic journey of A Fiddler on the Roof examines the intricate dance of tradition, growth, faith and family.
We welcome you to raise your voice (and a glass) with the cast at the end of the curtain call as they reprise the song, “To Life:”
“God would like us to be joyful,
even when our hearts lie panting on the floor.
How much more can we be joyful
when there’s really something to be joyful for?
To us and our good fortune:
Be Happy, Be Healthy, Long Life!
And if our good fortune never comes,
here’s to whatever comes
– Drink L’chaim – to Life!”