LADOS Production of 'Fiddler on the Roof'

Fiddler on the Roof

26th - 31st March 2007
Grand Theatre, Lancaster

Book by Joseph Stein
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Based on Scholom Aleichem's stories, by special permission of Arnold Perl

Fiddler on the Roof

26th - 31st March 2007
Grand Theatre, Lancaster

Produced by Peggy Brierley


The year is 1905 and a Jewish community in Tsarist Russia is trying to eke out a living in its shtetl in the village of Anatevka. Tevye is a milkman who has a personal relationship with God in whom he confides all. He strives, very hard, to keep up the traditions of his faith, race and culture. He has five daughters, itself a problem but what is more pressing is trying to find husbands for the eldest three children.

Yente, the matchmaker, does her best, but with no money, no dowry to offer she finds that her work is very difficult.

Tzeitel rejects the butcher Lazar Wolf, to whom Tevye has promised her. She has her heart set on the young, impecunious tailor, Motel. The "new way" is that children shall decide partners for themselves but will Golde, Tevye's wife accept this change in traditional values? Tevye conjures up a dream the relating of which he attempts to persuade Golde that Lazar Wolf is not a good match and that Grandmother would much prefer her granddaughter to marry the tailor.

Golde is persuaded and that is the first chink in the breakdown of traditional values. At the wedding ceremony between Motel and Tzeitel, there is a pogrom, an anti-Jewish demonstration, orchestrated by the Chief of Police which casts into doubt the stability of Jewish life in Tsarist Russia. It is certainly a portent for things to come.

Tevye's second daughter, Hodel, has fallen in love with Perchik, a political student, an activist against the repressive regime. Tevye refuses to give his permission for Hodel and Perchik to marry but they inform Tevye that they do not wish to seek his permission to marry but merely his blessing. Traditions are obviously changing. Later, Perchik is arrested and is to be sent to Siberia. Hodel intends to join him. She promises her father they will be married, under a canopy, in the traditional Jewish way, Her father accompanies her to the railway station to bid her farewell.

Chava, Tevye's third eldest daughter has fallen for Fyedka, a Russian soldier. Not only is he Russian, he is not a Jew and the bending of tradition this far is something that Tevye cannot reconcile himself to. From this point on, Chava ceases to be his daughter and is shunned.

Meanwhile, Anatevka itself is under threat. The Jews are being forced to leave their homes and many of them decide to go to live in America where many of them have friends and relations. That is to where Tevye and Golde and the two youngest children are to go. Motel and Tzeitel, who now have a child of their own, will join them. Chava and Fyedka, wanted by neither Jew nor Russian, go to live in Poland.

The Fiddler on the Roof, the indomitable spirit of the Jewish people will live on in all of them.

It's A Family Affair

When the cast of Fiddler on the Roof takes to the stage next March for the 2007 L.A.D.O.S. production, there will be a strong sense of déja vue for several members of the cast.

It is 34 years since Lancaster Amateur Dramatic and Operatic Society last brought this show to the Grand Theatre Lancaster, but for Rodney Webb, Sylvia Rogerson and Audrey Tarney the years will roll back to the 1973 production when Rodney was a member of the chorus, and Sylvia and Audrey played two of Tevye and Golde's daughters, namely Tzeitel and Chava respectively.

A third daughter, Hodel was at that time played by Peggy Brierley, who is directing the 2007 production. It's something of a family affair, as Peggy's husband David has a cameo role as the Priest, daughter Suzanne Ward will play the part of the Fiddler, son-in-law, Kevin plays Lazar Wolf, a would-be suitor to Tzeitel, grandson Christopher Ward who plays one of the young boys in the show, and grandaughter Phillippa Brierley, who shares the role of Shprintze, one of the younger daughters, with Nicole Simpson, whose mum Karen plays the part of Golde. In 1973, Golde was played by Margaret Hartley, who retired as the L.A.D.O.S. secretary in 2004, but is still an active member of the society. The parts of the two youngest daughters of the family were taken in 1973 by two real life sisters, Sarah and Jane Whiteside. This time however, Jane's daughter, Rachel Hartley will be one of the two children taking on the part of Bielke, the role her mother played last time round. The girl sharing this role with Rachel is Helen Ashton, and dad Dominic Ashton will be our Stage Manager for this production.

This will be Peggy's 22nd production for L.A.D.O.S. but sadly, her last, as she is hanging up her producer's sweatshirt, and taking a well-earned retirement, so we felt that this would be a fitting show for her to end her producing/directing career on.

Production Team
ProducerPeggy Brierley
Musical DirectorAngela Pearson
Choreography (Chava sequence)Nicola Brierley
Stage ManagerDominic Ashton
Sound & LightingPaul Mullineaux, Ian Norton, Andrew Kayll
PropsCliff Beckett, Dawn Naylor
PromptHazel Beckett
WardrobePeggy Brierley, Audrey Tarney, June Derham
Front of House ManagerDavid Brierley, June Derham
Publicity & Programme CommitteeDawn Baxter, Cliff Beckett, Hazel Beckett, Jane Silvester, Audrey Tarney
PhotographerCliff Beckett

Officials of the Society
PresidentMalcolm McIllmurray
SecretaryAudrey Tarney
TreasurerFrank Dewhurst
ChairmanAlan Hargreaves
Vice-ChairmanSylvia Rogerson
Membership SecretaryJenny Griffiths
Committee MemberHazel Beckett, June Derham, Joanne Metcalfe, Bryan Wood, Peggy Brierley
ArchivistMargaret Hartley
Book by Joseph Stein
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Based on Scholom Aleichem's stories, by special permission of Arnold Perl
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