FIDDLER ON THE ROOF - Olean High School's Annual Musical
Please mark Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13 on your calendars. This is when FIDDLER ON THE ROOF will be presented at the Olean High School at 7:30 pm. Tickets are available at the door and the price is a very affordable $7.00. This is a musical not to be missed and with a student cast of 52, crew of 13 and an orchestra with 7 OHS students, along with community members, FIDDLER represents the end results of many weeks of rehearsals. Eighth graders through seniors are involved and together are they putting on a show for your enjoyment! Never was singing more joyful or dancing more spirited.
The plot of FIDDLER is familiar to most people of a certain age, and was first staged on Broadway in 1964. Winner of nine Tony Awards, among them one for best musical, it tells the story of Tevye, a poor Jewish milkman, married to Golde and their five daughters. They live in Russia in the Pale of Settlement of Imperial Russia in 1905. The writing team of Block, Harnick and Stein do justice to the the tales of Sholem Aleichem and the stories of Tevye and His Daughters. Tevye's main concern is finding suitable husbands for his three oldest daughters and Yente, the village matchmaker, is helping with this endeavor. Tevye would also enjoy being a rich man and having his somewhat shrewish wife, Golde, be just a bit more understanding and not be afraid to say the word, "love." At the conclusion of FIDDLER, the entire town of Anatevka is being displaced by the Russians and are departing, some to America, some to other parts of Europe.
The songs in this musical are very familiar - the enchanting, "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," sung by the five sisters is delightful. "If I Were a Rich Man" will have the audience humming along. The love songs of "Miracle of Miracles," "Now I Have Everything," "Far from the Home I Love," will enchant you. "Sunrise, Sunset" is a beautiful musical depiction of the beginnings and ending of life. "Tradition" truly says what this musical is about, even though the traditions are in the process of changing "Do You Love Me?' is the favorite of the artistic director/choreographer, and truly a tribute to a good marriage. After seeing this wonderful production the audience will be raising a glass "To Life: or "L'Chaim." It is an event not to be missed. See you at the show! It will be the best $7 you spend that week!