It’s 1905 and in the small Russian farming village of Anatevka, Tevye’s familiar world is about to change. Traditions, long honored are being cast to the wind all around him and there seems to be nothing he can do about it, but, Embrace it.
“Without Tradition, life would be as shaky as…as…as a fiddler on the Roof” exclaims Tevye. January 11, through March 4th, 2012, come see Tevye and his family struggle with the daily life of Russian Jews at the turn of the century and on the eve of the Russian Revolutionary period.
30 year theater veteran, Bob Kelly makes his Riverside Center debut as Production Director for this classic, award winning show. With over 120 stage productions to his credit, Bob brings polished, professional dramatic art to the Riverside. Professional and exemplifying the flavor and character of the period are the set and costume designs, all made right there on the premises by the Riverside scenic artists, costume and technical design staff.
Of course the stage is set to delight each audience with the extremely talented and versatile James Lawson in the lead role of Tevye. Not his first time as Tevye, nor his first time captivating patrons at Riverside, who can forget his portrayal of Horace Vandergelder next to Sally Struthers in Hello Dolly, or his skirts and rouge as Edna Turnblad in Hairspray just to name a couple of his more recent accolades.
Jim is joined on stage by a formidable cast of performers, both new and familiar to the Riverside Theater. One new face is that of Matt Macis who plays Motel the tailor, a meek yet bold object of Tevye’s oldest daughter’s affections. Matt is no stranger to performing and has in his short 23 year life graced television, film, concerts, cabaret, nightclubs and even been a casino showroom headliner.
Two more notable familiar faces in Fiddler are Andrea Kahane in the role of Tevye’s wife Golde, and Teri Campbell, performing as Yente the matchmaker. Andrea’s vocal accolades and professional roles are impressive spanning continents and including many famous opera companies in addition to her many roles on the stage at Riverside. Teri, a relative newcomer to Fredericksburg brought her talents from the West VA stage and has made herself no stranger to the Riverside main stage and the children’s theater.
Seriously though, it is not really fare to only name a few of the fine talent in Fiddler. Come and see the show for yourself and pick your favorite. You won’t be disappointed. With a full 3 course meal including all the coffee or tea you can put away it’s a fabulous deal.
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