Musical ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ returns to Caronport after seven years

This is the first performance Briercrest Onstage has staged since 2019, after the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out any opportunity to perform in front of large crowds for the past two years.

fiddler on the roof is back at The Landing in Caronport this spring as part of a Summer Stage production hosted by Briercrest Onstage, the organization’s first play in three years.

Filled with musical hits such as “If I Was A Rich Man”, “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “To Life (L’Chaim!)”, the show is a touching story of fathers and daughters, husbands and wives. , and life , love and laughter.

The musical is set in a fictional Russian Jewish village during the reign of Tsar Nicholas II.

Tevye is a poor dairy farmer who raises his five daughters with his wife, Golde, according to Jewish tradition. However, her three eldest daughters resist tradition by marrying the men they choose rather than those appointed by a matchmaker. Tevye accepts this as long as it does not violate Jewish law.

However, the growing persecution of Russian Jews by the Tsar led to the violent disruption of villagers’ lives and their forced expulsion. Although they lose their homes and lands, Tevye and the villagers persist, preparing to start anew elsewhere.

The show opens Friday, May 13 at 7 p.m., with additional performances on May 20 and 27, and June 3. There are also performances on Saturday May 14, 21 and 28 and June 4 at 2:30 p.m.

Tickets are $17 for adults, $14 for students and seniors, and $6 for children under five, and can be purchased by contacting Briercrest Onstage at 306-756-3250.

The Summer Stage program has hosted performances since 2012, giving arts and music program students, faculty and residents the chance to perform, explained Nancy Loper, performing arts administrative assistant.

This is the first performance Briercrest Onstage has staged since 2019, after the COVID-19 pandemic wiped out any opportunity to perform in front of large crowds for the past two years.

“We are very happy to put it back in place now,” she added.

It’s the second fiddler on the roof produced by Briercrest Onstage; the first time was in 2015.

Melissa Wood is Golde, Abigail Miler is Yente the matchmaker, the three eldest daughters are portrayed by Loper, Kaytlyn Annala and Lily Wiebe, and Sterling Boehm is Motel, a poor tailor who marries a girl.

“It’s a classic. It’s also a good family show,” said artistic director Ron de Jager. “I think just the honesty and reality of the main character and his struggles with everyday life, I think that resonates with people right now…especially post-pandemic….”

Some of the problems Tevye faces include struggling to feed her family, hard work and back and forth, financial hardship, and pulling her cart after her horse is injured.

The sound of music and Seven wives for seven brothers were the last shows that Briercrest Onstage held during its Summer Stage lineup in 2019.

This year, organizers decided to hold a production — a last-minute decision — because they didn’t know how the pandemic would affect indoor gatherings this spring, Loper said.

“We’ve been doing rehearsals for about a month now and only got the go-ahead about a month and a half ago, so the timeline was pretty short,” she continued. “But things are really falling into place and we’re really excited to open next Friday (the 13th).”

fiddler on the roof is a mix of comedy and drama, Loper added, as it has a great selection of songs people will enjoy.

“I think we are delighted to be able to play again. I think you don’t realize what you have until you lose it,” de Jager said. “So to be able to perform in front of a live audience again is a gift. And I think it’s such a great piece to be back on stage after three years away.

“We’re pretty excited.”