WOODSTOCK — A local church is bringing the popular play “Fiddler on the Roof” to the stage this weekend.
First Baptist Church of Woodstock will offer three performances of the musical, the first tonight at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 6 p.m.
“The play features primarily members of the church that are both professional and non-professional volunteers,” said Ceci Richmond, creative arts director of First Baptist Church. “‘Fiddler on the Roof’ documents the lives of Jewish people during the Russian Revolution during 1905.”
The musical opened originally on Broadway in 1964 and was written based on the book “Fiddler on the Roof” by Joseph Stein and “Tevye and His Daughters” by Sholem Aleichem.
The story, set in Russia, focuses on a Jewish family that tries to maintain their religious beliefs despite both internal and external factors. The growing unrest is increased by the Tsar’s removal of Jews in the village.
In the play, Tevye’s family deals with the struggles of maintaining religious belief despite a changing world that is forcing it apart. The three eldest daughters’ choice in husbands causes additional strain on the traditional values of the family.
The play features both music and dancing with a large cast.
This is the first time a play of this sort has been done at First Baptist, but Richmond says the church will “definitely put on more plays in the future.” The play is one of Richmond’s favorites.
“The Promise” is a Christmas production that will be the church’s next play starting Dec.6.
The “Fiddler on the Roof” will be in the First Baptist Church auditorium, which seats 7,500.
The event costs $5 per person and tickets may be purchased online at the First Baptist Church of Woodstock’s website, www.fbcw.org.
Tickets may also be purchased at the door. Doors will be an hour before the event starts.
The First Baptist Church of Woodstock is at 11905 Highway 92, Woodstock.
For more information, call (770) 926-4428.
Fiddler Cast List
Tevye, the Dairyman — Josh Hill
Golde, his wife — Charmaine Landrum
Tzeitel, daughter — Mary Catherine Richmond
Hodel, daughter — Abbie Montes
Chava, daughter — Kendall Gramith
Shprintze, daughter — Sarah Swetlik
Bielke, daughter — Madi Montes
Yente, the Matchmaker — Christi Whitney
Motel, the Tailor — Josh Hale
Perchik, the Student — Patrick Walker
Lazar Wolf, the Butcher — Kenn Vanhoose
Mordcha, the Innkeeper — Dave Conklin
Rabbi — Tony Vastola
Mendel, his son — Tony Stokes
Avram, the Bookseller — Joel Spiess
Nachum, the begger — Chase Law
Grandma-Tzeitel — Genevieve Doyle
Fruma-Sarah — Kristina Whitley
Constable — Trey Olson
Fyedka — Chandler Flurry
Sasha, his friend — Nolan Richmond
Shaindel, Motel’s Mother — Christine Hill
Ruchel (woman No. 2) — Erin Foreman
P Priest (does not speak) — Lantz Cleveland
Russian soldiers — Reid Olson, Lantz Cleveland, Veronica Huber, Allison Huber, Stephanie Miller, Erin Campagnae
Yussel — Steve Hammond
Yussel’s Wife — Rhonnie Hammond
Anshel (Man No. 2) — Donald Gray
Rifka (Woman No. 1) — Stacey Kahn-Denison
Mirala (Woman No. 3) — Tammy Largin
Jewish boys — Liam Whitney and (Stacey’s son Isaiah, but you need to check spelling of his name)
Katie Hayes — Sarah Grace Kimery
Victoria Hill — Stacey Kahn-Denison
Kailee Montes — Allie Hahn
Bethany Grier — Meghan Shackleford
Callie Smith — Rhonie Hammond
Steve Hammond — Debbie Hale
Miranda Stinson — Carolyn Compton
Katya Hopson — Tammy Largin
Moriah Bostick — Darby Brown
Lilly Largin — Jacquelyn Richardson
Donald Gray — KayAnn Hooge
Sarah Grace Beersdorf