Fiddler on the Roof

The highlight of the Ranger Playhouse was the big show---"Fiddler on the Roof." Directed by Barry H. Kaplan, with the music by Mark Shangold, the play included CITS, waiters, office boys, and a few senior girls and boys.

The story takes place in Anatevka, a small Russian village, around 1900, on the eve of the Russian Revolutionary Period. It concerns a dairyman, Tevye, his wife, Golde, and their five daughters. Yente, the matchmaker goes to Tevye's house to tell his wife Golde that the town's wealthiest citizen, Lazar Wolfe, the butcher, played by Paul Zaris, wants to marry their eldest daughter Tzeitel. However, Tzeitel has promised her hand to Motel, a poor tailor.

Perchik, a student from Kiev becomes attracted to Hodel, Tevye's second oldest daughter. However, she does not receive his attentions well, at first. Later, she, too, becomes attracted to his pleasant ways and different ideas.

The people of Anatevka have a constant fear of the Russian soldiers living in their town, and the trouble is intensified when one of the men, Fyodka, falls in love with another of the daughters, Chava.

Now the safe world which Tevye has struggled to build for his family crumbles when he discovers that they must leave Anatevka. As the curtain falls, Tevye, his family and the rest of the villagers leave to far corners of the globe.

Howard Hering did a remarkable job as Tevye, the dairyman. Golde, his wife, was played by Sue Falk. she truly did an amazing portrayal. Their five daughters, Tzeitel, Hodel, Chava, Shprintze, and Bielke were represented by Beth Salomon, Linda Tobin, Bonnie Cohen, Jill Braunstein, and Wendy Kalen, respectively. The part of Yente was done with great humor and sincerity by Wendy Rosen.

Some of the musical highlights of the show were "If I Were A Rich Man" sung with great fervor by Howie Hering, "Tevye's Dream," and the beautiful "Sabbath Prayer." The wedding of Motel and Tzeitel will be remembered as the touching "Sunrise, Sunset," and Linda Tobin sang the poignant "Far From the Home I Love" with great emotion.

In every respect, "Fiddler on the Roof" was a musical triumph at Ranger which will long be remembered.

Wendy Rosen and Linda Tobin