Veteran director Jerry Elison loves the musical, "Fiddler on the Roof," and when it plays Aug. 3-18 at the SCERA Shell Outdoor Theatre, it will mark his fifth time directing the musical theatre masterpiece of a dairy farmer living a humble life in 1905 Tsarist Russia, struggling to preserve his beloved traditions when his five willful daughters have hearts and minds of their own. Get a first look at the production in the photos below!
It will also mark the fourth time he has cast Neal Barth
in the lead role of Tevye and says he would always use Barth because "Neal really understands the role and what living in a poor Jewish village prior to the Russian Revolution would have been like."
Strengthening the story is music that has become classic: "Tradition," "If I Were a Rich Man," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" and "Sunrise, Sunset," among others. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, "Fiddler on the Roof" is a drama filled with everything musical theatre should be – joy, sadness, humor, warmth and music loved the world over.
Among the major characters besides Barth are Agnes Broberg
as Teyve's wife Golde, DeLayne Dayton as matchmaker Yente, Hannah Herring
as Tzeitel, Katie Abbott
as Hodel and Emily Erdmann
as Chava, and their suitors are Daniel Tomlinson as Motel, Andrew Cook as Perchik, and Andrew Olson as Fyedka. Other parts include Ed Eyestone as the rabbi, Rob Holcombe as Lazar Wolf, Howard Fullmer as the constable and Sheldon Boone as Fruma Sarah.
"Fiddler on the Roof" will play Mondays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. at the SCERA Shell, located at 699 South State, in the middle of SCERA Park in Orem, Utah. General admission tickets are $10 for adults and $8 for children (age 3-11), students (w/ID) and seniors (age 65+). Reserved seating areas range from $12-$14 for adults and $10-$12 for children, students and seniors.
Teri Taylor Griffin, one of Elison's former students, has designed the set and has added subtle color to the production, which is unusual for the production. Assisting Elison is Martha Glissmeyer as music director, Penny Colvin as choreographer, Julie Nevin as stage manager, Deborah Bowman
as costume designer, Mark Ohran as lighting designer, and Sheri Stakebake as props master.
Photo credit: Jaren Wilkey
Hannah Herring as Tzeitel (green top), Katie Abbott as Hodel (blue top) and Emily Erdmann as Chava (pink top)
Agnes Broberg as Golde and Neal Barth as Tevye
Hannah Herring and Neal Barth
Neal Barth and Agnes Broberg