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Waynesboro students prepare for 'Fiddler on the Roof'

March 27, 2012|By JENNIFER FITCH | waynesboro@herald-mail.com
  • Waynesboro (Pa.) Area Senior High School teacher Debra Hollen "Fiddler on the Roof" on Tuesday at a dress rehearsal.
By Jennifer Fitch, Staff Writer

WAYNESBORO, Pa. — Finishing touches are being put on Waynesboro Area Senior High School’s all-school production scheduled for performances this weekend.

More than 60 cast and crew members of “Fiddler on the Roof” are holding dress rehearsals this week.

A tradition since the 1970s, the all-school production features students from grades nine through 12.

Director Debra Hollen, an English teacher, said she chooses the shows based on the strengths of each group of students.

“You have to have certain personnel to do certain shows,” she said. “Right now, we’re heavy with talented males.”

Hollen said she has always loved “Fiddler on the Roof” for its varied roles, dancing and powerful, poignant story.

“It’s theater at its best,” she said.

Matthew Levine, 17, plays the lead role of Tevye, a poor dairyman holding onto Jewish traditions in his village.

“He has so many different things going on. He’s very pure, and I love it,” Matthew said.

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Matthew’s grandmother lives 45 minutes outside New York City. She took him to various Broadway shows over the years, including his first, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown.”

Matthew hopes to continue being involved in musical theater in college.

“I love the audience,” he said. “I love getting to connect with them at every show.”

Like Matthew, Zach Roth, 17, is participating in his fourth all-school production. He plays Perchik, a young adult who does not want to conform.

“It should just be an all-around great show,” Zach said.

Nick Bailey, 18, said he is excited for the performances in the 1,600-seat auditorium.

“I’ve been doing theater my whole life, and I really enjoy being on the stage. Mrs. Hollen is fabulous,” he said.

“Fiddler on the Roof” will be the fourth production on the stage added during a school renovation. Nick, who plays the fiddler, said he feels a connection to it after being one of the first students to perform there.

“It’s really emotional,” he said.

The show itself has emotional moments, Matthew said. There also are songs that become stuck in people’s heads, he said.

Advance tickets can be purchased for $8 each on Thursday from 5 to 7 p.m. at the high school.

If you go ...

What: “Fiddler on the Roof”

When: Friday and Saturday, 7 p.m.; Sunday, 2 p.m.

Where: Waynesboro (Pa.) Area Senior High School

Cost: Tickets are $8 in advance or $10 at the door.

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