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'Fiddler on the Roof' to be Performed

Brittany Pickett
Around Campus Editor

   The University of Arkansas-Monticello musical theatre production proudly presents the Broadway play “Fiddler on the Roof.” Performance will take place in the Fine Arts Center April 13 - 14 at 7:30 p.m. Admission is free and open to the public.

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Dress Rehearsal - Members of the cast of “Fiddler on the Roof” rehearse in preparation for a pair of performances at UAM. Pictured (from left, front row) are Greg Pearson in the starring role of Tevya, Amanda Kilcrease, Heidi Flemister, Ashley Couch, Janay Kolen, Celeste Richard, Lillian Ruggiero, (back) Jason Bowen and John Gladden.

   Members of the UAM orchestra will provide the music for the production, which includes well-known songs such as “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “If I were a Rich Man” by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. 

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Fiddler on the Roof - Natalie Skinner plays the fiddler in the two performances.  Greg Pearson (front) will play the starring role of Teyve.

   “Fiddler on the Roof” takes place in the small Jewish community of Anatevka in Tsarist Russia in 1905. Opening the play, a young boy plays the fiddle on the roof. Tevye, a dairyman, compares the fiddler to the traditions of their beliefs. He believes without traditions their lives would be shaky much like the fiddler on the roof – the traditions help keep them stable. 

   The play, based on a collection of stories by Sholem Aleichem called “Teyveís Daughters,” opened on Broadway in 1964. The UAM musical production of the play is divided into two acts, with a short intermission in-between. 

   The cast members for the production include UAM alumnus Gregory Pearson, a featured soloist with the Utah Symphony and Opera, playing the lead role of Teyve and UAM student Amanda Kilcrease, a senior from Crossett, plays the role of Teyve's wife Golde. The couple’s three eldest daughters, Tzeitel, Hodel and Chava, will be portrayed by Heidi Flemister, a sophomore from Monticello, Ashley Couch, a freshman from White Hall, and Janay Kolen, a sophomore from Warren. 

   Lillian King, a junior from Marshall, plays the role of Yente the Matchmaker. Other actors include Cameron Jones, a freshman from Arkadelphia, Jason Bowen, a sophomore from Lonoke, John Gladden, a senior from Monticello, Eugene Buford Lamb, a junior from Lonoke, Regina Vaughn, a senior from Monticello, and Rayburn Ezell, a senior from Redfield. 

 

   For more information, contact the UAM Division of Music at 870-460-1060.

 

   Media Services contributed to this article.

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