North High stages 'Fiddler on the Roof'

March 07, 2011|By BRIGITTE GREWE | Pulse correspondent
  • Cast of North Hagerstown High School's production of "Fiddler on the Roof." The show opens Thursday.
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HAGERSTOWN -- — Gwen Stefani's "If I Were a Rich Girl" wouldn't be much without the inspiration of the 1964 musical "Fiddler on the Roof."

North Hagerstown High School Choral Department is staging this critically acclaimed musical. North High's full orchestra will accompany the actors on stage from the pit at the high school. The show opens 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, and runs Friday, March 11, Saturday, March 12, Monday, March 14, and Tuesday, March 15. A matinee will be held 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12. There are no Sunday performances.

The musical is under the direction of Curt Shetler, North High choral director.

 The play is set in 1900s pre-revolutionary  Russia and is based on the story of a poor Jewish peasant family lead by Tevye who has five daughters. The three oldest daughters are of marrying age and are awaiting a match made by the village matchmaker Yente who is notorious for her awkward yet financially secure match matchings.

Yente wants to match oldest daughter Tzeitel with the old village butcher, but Tzeitel has fallen for the poor tailor Perchik. Tevye is torn — should he follow Jewish tradition and leave his daughters with an arranged match or let them stay with their own chosen loves?

"The plot revolves around the ideas of tradition, and how tradition changes over time," said Max Kross, a sophomore at North High who stars as Tevye. "We've been rehearsing for this musical since January, and the entire cast is very excited about how the final production will turn out."

 The musical begins with an explanation of how the people of the village Anatevka live: "But here, in our little village of Anatevka, you may say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck. It isn't easy. You may ask, ‘Why do we stay up there if it's so dangerous?' Well, we stay because Anatevka is our home. And how do we keep our balance? That I can tell you in one word: Tradition!"

Students are getting excited to put on the performance, which includes a full pit orchestra.

Matt Hetzer, a junior at North Hagerstown High School, is a bass player in the pit orchestra for "Fiddler on the Roof"

"The rehearsals can be long but all our practice will be worth it in the end," he said. "We have a great turn out of people willing to play in the pit orchestra — more than we've ever had before, which will bring out our sound."

 The North High music department's students have been working hard to get this production together by having numerous after school rehearsals and two six-hour rehearsals on Monday and today.

If you go ...

What: North Hagerstown High School Music Department's "Fiddler on the Roof"

When: 7 p.m. Thursday, March 10, Friday, March 11, Saturday, March 12, Monday, March 14 and Tuesday, March 15. 2 p.m. Saturday, March 12

WHERE: North Hagerstown High School, 1200 Pennsylvania Ave., Hagerstown

Cost: Admission at the door is $7 for adults, $5 for students, children and senior citizens.

MORE: Proceeds benefit the North Hagerstown High School choral department

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