“Fiddler on the Roof” Opens at the Candlelight Pavilion in Claremont
Fiddler on the Roof Brings Tradition to the Candlelight Pavilion
CLAREMONT, CA— In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill in his daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof has touched audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty, leaving them crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness. Familiar songs include, “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”
The origins of Fiddler on the Roof began with the novel “Tevye the Dairyman” by Sholom Aleichem. It was adapted by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein. The title of the play was chosen from a painting called the “The Fiddler” by Marc Chagall. “The Fiddler is a metaphor for survival, through tradition and joyfulness, in a life of uncertainty and imbalance.” Fiddler on the Roof originally opened on September 22, 1964 at the Imperial Theatre. It ran for seven years and nine months originally–setting a record of 3,242 performances for long running Broadway shows. In 1967, Chaim Topol played his first role as Tevye. He would later go on to revive the role in the 1971 film version (which won both Academy and Golden Globes for that year in movies). There were a total of four Broadway revivals; the 1990 revival won the Tony Award for Best Revival of a Musical. The show is considered to be the last show of Broadway’s “Golden Age.” The New York Times boasted the musical as “Filled with laughter and tenderness. It catches the essence of a moment in history with sentiment and radiance. An exceptional accomplishment.”
The Candlelight Pavilion’s 2012 production of Fiddler on the Roof will mark the 3rd time that Tevye and his family have graced the Candlelight Stage. With beautiful music and a meaningful story it was essential for the Candlelight Pavilion to bring together an amazing cast and a brilliant directorial team. Direction for the cast of Fiddler on the Roof is by Chuck Ketter (Director of 2010’s Annie), with Musical Direction by Douglas Austin (current director of Citrus Singers at Citrus College in Glendora, CA) and Choreography by John Vaughan (also from Citrus College).
The Papas in this cast include, Randy Hilton as Tevye, Christopher Van Etten as Lazar Wolf, Steven Biggs as Mordcha, Jeremiah Concepcion as Nachum, and David Aldrete as the Rabbi. The Mamas include Jenny Wentworth as Golde, Wendy Friedman as Yente, and Stephanie Draude as both Shaindel and Fruma-Sarah. The Sons include Scott Robinson as Motel, Edward Chamberlain as Perchik, Michael Milligan as Mendel, Raul Avina as Avram, with Rhys Teuber and Tyler Jenkins sharing the role of Micah, and Kellen Ford and Felipe Williams sharing the role of Joab. Tevye’s Daughter’s include Blair Hollingsworth as Tzeitel (who also plays the role of Grandma Tzeitle), Joanna Holliman as Hodel, Kristina Brown as Chava, Thalia Atallah as Shprintze and Faith Teuber as Bielke. The Russians include John Nisbet as the Constable, Jarred Barnard as Fyedka and Dylan Pass as Sasha. Pass is also featured in the role of The Fiddler.
Fiddler on the Roof opens January 13th at the Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater. Tickets are available by calling (909) 626-1254, ext 1. Regular ticket prices range from $48-$68 which includes both dinner and show. The Candlelight Pavilion is proud to announce its flexible payment plans to all Season ticket holders; save 10% on season tickets when you book as few as four shows. For more information regarding the 2012 season line-up and ticketing, please visit us online at www.thecpdt.com.
WHAT: “FIDDLER ON THE ROOF”
WHO: Book by Joseph Stein, with Music by Jerry Bock and Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick. Direction by Chuck Ketter, Musical Direction by Douglas Austin and Choreography by John Vaughan for the Candlelight Pavilion Dinner Theater.
WHERE: Candlelight Pavilion, 455 W. Foothill Blvd., Claremont, CA 91711. Parking is available surrounding the theater.
WHEN: January 13th-February 26th. Thursday-Saturday evenings at 6pm. Sunday evenings at 5pm. Saturday and Sunday matinees at 11am.
PRICING: $48-$68 for adult tickets. $25-$30 for children 12 and under. Ticket price includes meal, show and sales tax. Appetizers, desserts, beverages and waiter’s gratuity are additional within the theater.
RESERVATIONS: (909)626-1254 ext. 1
ONLINE RESERVATIONS: www.candlelightpavilion.com