One of the most popular musicals on Broadway is to be staged in town by Grantham Operatic Society.
Fiddler on the Roof will be presented by the society at the Guildhall from April 9 to 11. This will include a Saturday matinee performance.
The musical tells the story of the people of a small Jewish settlement in Russia, a few years before the revolution. In particular, it focuses on the milkman Tevye, his wife Golde and their five daughters. They try to maintain their lifestyle by stubbornness and ‘tradition’ against the advances of Tsarist Russia.
The score contains some of the gems of musical theatre including ‘Matchmaker’, ‘Sabbath Prayer’ and, of course, ‘If I were a rich man’.
The musical is based on a series of stories by Sholem Aleichem, originally written in Yiddish and first published in 1894.
Many people will be familiar with the film version of the story which was released in 1971 and starred Topol in the main role. He was nominated for an Oscar.
The operatic society’s version is directed by Jack Wood and the musical director is Jenny Walker. Tony Smith plays the role of Tevye and Helen Gray plays Golde.
Tickets cost £11 for the evening performances and £9 for the Saturday matinee.
Tickets are available from the Guildhall box office in St Peter’s Hill (Tel: 01476 406158), or visit www.guildhallartscentre.com
* Grantham Operatic Society needs two milk churns for Fiddler On The Roof. If you can help provide these, contact stage manager Daniel Kingston at danielkingston@ hotmail.com.