Theatre Tuscaloosa caps off their season with a treasured tradition:
Theatre Tuscaloosa will present Fiddler on the Roof July 10 – 19 in the Bean-Brown Theatre on the Martin Campus of Shelton State Community College.
Written by Joseph Stein, with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, Fiddler on the Roof won nine Tony Awards when it debuted in 1964. Based on Sholem Aleichem's stories, this musical tradition is set in the village of Anatevka. Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his Jewish community amid the changing social morѐs and the growing anti-Semitism of czarist Russia. Filled with historic and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof leaves audiences touched by the humor, warmth, and honesty portrayed in the story. The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality, and religion and leaves audiences crying tears of laughter, joy, and sadness.
Fiddler on the Roof is directed by Artistic Director Emeritus of Theatre Tuscaloosa, Paul Looney, who has directed over one hundred shows for Theatre Tuscaloosa.
“We are who we are because of Paul,” says Tina Turley, Executive Producer of Theatre Tuscaloosa. “Paul is leading a marvelous and talented production team to create the world of Anatevka.”
The production team includes Ben Boyer, Set Designer; Frank Duren, Sound Designer; Erin Hisey, lighting designer; Lindsey Jones, choreographer; Wheeler Kincaid, technical director; Ashlyn Lambert, stage manager; Leslie Poss, musical director; and Jeanette Waterman, costume designer.
“We are also excited to have a cast that includes a wide variety of performers,” said Turley. “We have a number of audience favorites combined with new faces from Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre, Shelton State, and the general community.”
The cast of Fiddler on the Roof includes Allyson Azar, Justin Barnett, Avery Berry, Reagan Branch, Grace Conner, Caden Cooke, Ty Corbett, Colton Crowe, Carol DeVelice, Jacob Frazier, Autumn Fuller, Kate Gates, Will Harpole, Trey Hedgemon, Glen Johnson, Bobby Jones, Julia Marshall, Melinda Marshall, McKay Medders, Danielle Molina, James Dean Moretz, Marla Moss, Terry Olivet, Kim C. Palm, Charles Prosser, Wesley Rorex, Julia Shelby, Michelle Shumate, Brody Southern, Landon Turner, Laura White, Jake Williams, Cyndi Wilson, and Jeff Wilson.Cyndi Wilson, involved behind the scenes with Tuscaloosa Children’s Theatre for years, is making her stage debut in Fiddler on the Roof. “I’m in shock,” Wilson said. “Fiddler on the Roof is one of my all-time favorites, so this is going to be fun! I’m thrilled to be cast as part of the ensemble. I believe audiences will love the singing and dancing involved with this show.”
Fiddler on the Roof will run July 10-19, 2015, in the Bean-Brown Theatre on Shelton State Community College’s Martin Campus. Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and at 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Sundays, and Saturday, July 18. A pay-what-you-can dress rehearsal will be presented on Thursday, July 9, at 7:30 p.m.; all proceeds will benefit the Charlie Dennis Memorial Scholarship Fund.
Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors (60+) and $14 for students and children. Special rates are available in advance for groups of ten or more.
Tickets and information are available at www.theatretusc.com or 205.391.2277.