SANDWICH – PR Productions announces open auditions for the upcoming popular musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” to be staged in November.
Auditions will be from 6:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Sunday, August 25 and Tuesday, August 27 at the Sandwich Opera House, 140 E. Railroad Street in Sandwich.
Those auditioning should be at least 8 years old, may arrive at any time within the audition time period, and should come prepared to sing and act. Please prepare 32 bars (about 2 minutes) of music that best displays your vocal ability. All vocal auditions will be conducted via CD accompaniment (please bring a CD) or a capella. Individuals will also read cold from the script.
Performances of “Fiddler on the Roof” are scheduled for November 15-17 and 22-23 at the Sandwich Opera House. Rehearsals will primarily be held on Sunday evenings and 1-2 weeknights (based on cast availability). Rehearsals will primarily be held in Sandwich.
More information can be found online at www.wewantpr.com.
“Fiddler on the Roof” is based on the short story Tevye and His Daughters by Sholem Aleichem. It is one of the first musicals to define Broadway’s established rules of commercial success. It dealt with serious issues such as persecution, poverty, and the struggles to hold onto one’s beliefs in the midst of a hostile and chaotic environment.
Criticized at first for its limited appeal, Fiddler on the Roof struck such a universal chord in audiences that it became, for a time, the longest running production in the history of Broadway. It ran for 3,242 performances at the Imperial Theatre and opened the door for other musicals that deal with serious issues (such as Les Miserables).
Set in 1905 the story takes place in Anetevka, a small Jewish village in Russia. The story revolves around the dairyman Tevye and his attempts to preserve his family’s traditions in the face of a changing world. When his eldest daughter Tzeitel, begs him to let her marry a poor tailor rather than the middle-aged butcher that he has already chosen for her, Tevye must choose between his own daughter’s happiness and those beloved traditions that keep the outside world at bay. Meanwhile, there are other forces at work in Anetevka – dangerous forces that threaten to destroy the very life he is trying to preserve.
Cast includes: Tevye, a dairyman, Golde, his wife; his daughters: Tzeitel, Hodel, Chava, Shprintze, Bielke; Yente, the matchmaker; Motel, the tailor; Perchik, the student; Lazar Wolf, the butcher; Mordacha, the innkeeper; Rabbi Grandma Tzeitel; and other speaking roles as well as the fiddler and a large cast of villagers (chorus).
PR Productions is a local community theatre company that produces plays and musicals in the Fox Valley area.