Belmont Musical Theatre will be performing Joseph Stein’s “Fiddler on the Roof,” based on the 1894 series of short stories by Solomon Naumovich, for this year’s fall production.
““Fiddler on the Roof” is the story of a community enduring the Jewish oppression and eventual forced exile during turn-of-the-century Czarist Russia. It follows the relationships in one family feeling the growing pains of change as outside influences begin to affect their long-held beliefs and traditions,” said Nancy Allen, director of the musical theatre department.
Allen explained that the musical was chosen in order to expose students to different styles. Additionally, it’s been four semesters since the musical theatre department did a Golden Age musical and they’ve yet to do anything by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick.
“Another driving factor for the choice was the fact that it features several strong women’s roles. We strive to give opportunity to as many students as possible. We also have to look at who our upperclass students are and whether we have the personnel to staff a particular musical,” added Allen.
When preparing for his role of Tevye, Gabriel Hoyer spent his time thinking about things in his own life that he considers lifetime or family traditions and what it would be like if he had to give those values up.
“It is definitely very hard to try and see this show through the lens of a parent since I have no children of my own, but I try to remember things in my life that are very important to me and focus on the struggle of having those things removed for a greater good,” added Hoyer.
Hoyer is excited for the audience to experience all the different emotions the show gives and the talent the cast brings to the stage. He is especially excited for the audience to see the interaction between Tyrie and Golde, played by Hallie Long and Maggie Hutchinson.
“This show is so much fun and has something for everyone to enjoy,” said Hoyer.
The musical conveys several messages: having faith in God and the importance of family, community and tradition. In addition, there is a lot for the audience to think about after the show. Hoyer wants people to think about the effect hatred and prejudice has on people and to leave the show with a new outlook.
“I want them to be able to think about the little things that they can do to help eliminate bigotry from society,” said Hoyer. “I also hope that people can be uplifted by the joyous celebration of life and culture that is found throughout this production and look back on their own ways of life and be proud of where they come from.”
“Fiddler on the Roof” will run from Nov. 9 through Nov. 11 at 7:30 p.m. and Oct. 12 at 2 p.m. at the Massey Concert Hall in MPAC. The show is free for Belmont students. To reserve your ticket or to purchase a ticket for a non-Belmont student, senior citizen or adult,click here.
This article written by Bergan Lashlee. Photo courtesy of Sam Simpkins.