Tevye, Golde and the rest of the beloved characters from Fiddler on the Roof will appear on stage in Ponoka this month.
The Klaglahachie Fine Arts theatre group presents the musical by Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein. It’s set in Tsarist Russia in 1905 and based on Tevye the Milkman and Other Tales by the writer Sholem Aleichem.
The story centres on the father of five daughters and his attempts to maintain his family’s Jewish religious traditions as outside influences encroach.
Set against the backdrop of Russian pogroms, or eviction of Jews from villages, each of Tevye’s strong-willed older daughters chooses a husband who moves her further away from the customs of the faith.
This leaves Tevye wondering how much change his family can bear.
Fiddler on the Roof is a heart-rending, joyous musical favourite that contains well-loved melodies including Sunrise, Sunset, Matchmaker, Matchmaker and Tradition. The Klaglahachie version involves a cast of 30 actors, plus technical crew, who have spent hundreds of hours to bring this show to life.
Kevin Ferguson directs and Althea Lewis is the music director.
The musical runs Nov. 30, Dec. 1, 7, 8 as a dinner theatre production at the Ponoka United Church. Tickets are $40 ($30 for youth age six to 11/$10 for children five and under).
There are also matinees showings with no meals on Dec. 2 and 9. Tickets for the matinees are $20 ($10 youth). Children five and under are free.
For more information, call 403-783-4087.