Fiddler on the Roof
3rd - 7th November 2009
HAODS Hits Gold - Rave Reviews!
Once again, HAODS hit gold and received rave reviews for this production in the local papers!
With headlines like, "Horsham production is nothing but professional" (West Sussex County Times) and "HAODS Tsar shines bright" (The Resident), everyone involved will be proud to have been in this production. Read the full reviews here!
What the Noda Rep Said
The following letter was received from our Noda Rep, Jose Harrison:
10th November, 2009.
Thank you so much for your kind invitation to see another first class production under the guidance of Yvonne and the baton of Brian. Fiddler on the Roof is such a moving story that comes across as a play with the songs as an added bonus. It therefore requires a high level of acting as well as good singing. Your society did full justice to such a moving piece of theatre.
Chris Shanks has made the part his own over the years with such perfect timing that the comedy shone through. The three older daughters and Golda all portrayed their parts well and the three boys were well chosen for their roles. Gus surprised me with his excellent performance as Motel. In fact all the principals were very aptly cast with great support from the chorus.
The back stage crew worked smoothly and efficiently, the sound was good and the lighting, plus really authentic looking costumes, all added up to a fine performance. I sometimes wonder if I am too generous with my praise but as long as I am having the pleasure of reviewing such polished and watchable productions I find it difficult to make any suggestions or find any faults. Well done.
In reply to Howard’s suggestion regarding the programme competition, I have read yours and feel he should certainly enter them as it is full of interesting articles and very informative. He needs to send 5 copies direct to John Barnes at 4 Sheringham ave., Staplecross, Robertsbridge, East Sussex. TN32 5PZ.
The year is 1905 and a Jewish community in Tsarist Russia is trying to eke out a living 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.
Director: Yvonne Chadwell - Musical Director: Brian D Steel
The Fiddler Cast
|Bielke||Alice Attfield / Charlotte Weaver|
|Fruma Sarah||Yvonne Chadwell|
|Lazar Wolf||Philip Chadwell|
|Mordcha (Innkeeper)||Grahame Gibson|
|Avram (Bookseller)||Chris Hampton|
|Nachum (Beggar)||Hilton Carr|