Fiddler on the Roof performances to start soon in Prince Rupert

Starting March 29, Fiddler on the Roof, a Prince Rupert community musical, will be starting soon at the Lester Centre of the Arts.

After months of preparation, the Lester Centre of the Arts will soon be presenting this years’ community musical, Fiddler on the Roof, a family-friendly production that will begin on Thursday, March 29, with performances running until Sunday, March 31st.

“The qualities that have made Fiddler on the Roof one of the most popular musicals and drawn audiences around the world in the magical circle formed by the villagers of Anatevka, also make it an important and stimulating work of art.” Started Crystal Lorette, General Manager at the Lester Centre.

“In addition to exploring the problems of oppressed minorities, it is a play with an up-beat message about the importance of beliefs, customs, community, family and love.”

Based on the book by Joseph Stein, Fiddler in the Roof revolves around the wit and humour of poor dairyman Tevye (Played by Andy Enns), and his cynical wife Golde (Played by Alison O’Toole) and the couple’s five daughters Tzeitel (Played by Jenna Cann), Hodel (Acted out by Angelica Jesser), Chava (Paula Loroff), Shprintze (Taryn Wesley), Bielke (Emily Cavin). Set in 1905, Tevye is trying to maintain his family and Jewish traditions while the outside world’s influences encroach upon their lives.

“It’s a powerful story about coping with their harsh existence through traditions.” Commented Lorette.

Produced by the Lester Centre of the Arts, the production has a cast of 50 local actors ranging in ages. Rudy Kelly is the production’s director, with Peter Witherly being the production’s musical director, and choreographer Jewel Jerstad being responsible for the dance routines.

With music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, Fiddler on the Roof will include popular tunes such as “Matchmaker, Matchmaker”, “Sunrise, Sunset” and “If I were a Rich Man” from the original Broadway production.

Tickets are  $18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors and $12 for children (ages 5 through 12), with tickets now being available for purchase at Cook’s Jewelers and the Lester Centre, or by calling 250-627-8888.

Performances will start at 7:30 p.m. each night at the Lester Centre of the Arts.