Photo Flash: First Look at FIDDLER ON THE ROOF at SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre
It will also mark the fourth time he has cast Neal Barth in the lead role of Tevye and says he would always use Barth because "Neal really understands the role and what living in a poor Jewish village prior to the Russian Revolution would have been like."
Strengthening the story is music that has become classic: "Tradition," "If I Were a Rich Man," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" and "Sunrise, Sunset," among others. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, "Fiddler on the Roof" is a drama filled with everything musical theatre should be – joy, sadness, humor, warmth and music loved the world over.
Among the major characters besides Barth are Agnes Broberg as Teyve's wife Golde, DeLayne Dayton as matchmaker Yente, Hannah Herring as Tzeitel, Katie Abbott as Hodel and Emily Erdmann as Chava, and their suitors are Daniel Tomlinson as Motel, Andrew Cook as Perchik, and Andrew Olson as Fyedka. Other parts include Ed Eyestone as the rabbi, Rob Holcombe as Lazar Wolf, Howard Fullmer as the constable and Sheldon Boone as Fruma Sarah.
"Fiddler on the Roof" will play Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. at the SCERA Shell, located at 699 South State, in the middle of SCERA Park in Orem, Utah. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children (age 3-11), students (w/ID) and seniors (age 65+). Reserved seating areas range from $12-$14 for adults and $10-$12 for children, students and seniors.
Teri Taylor Griffin, one of Elison's former students, has designed the set and has added subtle color to the production, which is unusual for the production. Assisting Elison is Martha Glissmeyer as music director, Penny Colvin as choreographer, Julie Nevin as stage manager, Deborah Bowman as costume designer, Mark Ohran as lighting designer, and Sheri Stakebake as props master.
Photo credit: Jaren Wilkey