‘Fiddler’ comes to Woodstock; musical performances will be tonight, Saturday
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First Baptist Church of Woodstock will offer three performances of the ‘Fiddler on The Roof,’ the first tonight at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 6 p.m.  Tevye is played by Josh Hill, Mendle played by Tony Stokes and Jewish lady played by Kalie Montes. 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. <br> Special to the Tribune
First Baptist Church of Woodstock will offer three performances of the ‘Fiddler on The Roof,’ the first tonight at 7 p.m. and Saturday at 2 and 6 p.m. Tevye is played by Josh Hill, Mendle played by Tony Stokes and Jewish lady played by Kalie Montes. 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.
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By Virginia Reed

vreed@cherokeetribune.com

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)

The Company:

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

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August 24, 2013
These broadway shows are great, however I believe the leadership at FBCW has lost focus in trying to reach the community. They need to go back to delivering the Gospel, as in years past. They used to do this with the Christmas Pageant, but with leadership missing from day to day operation, this soon will be a big empty building....
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