Rehearsals are nearing the final stages at the White Memorial Theatre in Clonmel where St. Mary’s Choral Society is preparing to present its 113th production, Fiddler on the Roof, from Friday, April 25 to Saturday, May 3.
This will be the third time Fiddler on the Roof has been staged by St. Mary’s, with previous productions staged by the society in 1993 and 1977.
The production is being directed and choreographed by Michael O’Donoghue, the musical director/chorus mistress is Laura Cotter, set design by Diarmuid Vaughan and Margaret O’Sullivan is assistant to the director.
One of the most popular and beloved of all stage musicals and one of Broadway’s longest-running of all time, Fiddler on the Roof enjoyed a marathon run of over 13 years and over 3,000 performances from its premiere in 1964. It won nine Tony Awards, had four Broadway revivals and was made into a film of the same name, starring Chaim Topol.
The show captures all the emotions of laughter and joy to tears and sadness and is filled to the brim with memorable and instantly recognisable songs including If I Were a Rich Man, Matchmaker Matchmaker, Sunrise Sunset, To Life, Tradition and many more. Set in Russia, just before the Revolution, the story centres around Tevye, the local milkman and his family in the village of Anatevka. Tevye has always stuck by his traditions but suddenly his headstrong daughters decide that they want to marry for love rather than accept whatever Yente the Matchmaker comes up with. Tevye loves his daughters but has to convince his wife, and the villagers, that their decisions are actually falling in with tradition.
Tradition is all well and good but, in the end, the world moves on, as do the villagers but maybe not for the reasons they would have liked.
The opening performance on Friday, April 25 will be a gala night in aid of St. Vincent de Paul.
Booking is now open at Marian’s, O’Connell Street, Clonmel tel. (052) 6123813.