St. Ignatius Catholic School’s spectacular musical production this year is “Fiddler on the Roof.”

Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor milkman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instil them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia.

Rich in historical and ethnic detail, the story’s universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.

The production showcases the talents of the school’s students with every cast member required to sing, dance and act throughout the production. Two Sixth Form students, Laura Murphy and Euan Samuel, are thrilled to finally perform in front of an audience.

“When I first heard that the school production would be ‘Fiddler on the Roof,’ I was truly excited as I have seen the movie many times,” says Euan. “I am excited to play the role of Motel and have had an amazing time perfecting my role throughout the rehearsal process. “

“Each rehearsal was enjoyable as the songs in the musical are very catchy and the story is complex, challenging our acting skills. The play truly shows that the St. Ignatius cast can perform a range of modern and classical musicals to a high standard.”

“I play the role of Fruma-Sarah,” says Laura. “It has been a tough but enjoyable process, as I play a role of a supernatural character.

“I have also enjoyed helping choreograph some of the dances in the play and can speak on behalf of the rest of the cast and say that it is truly an amazing feeling being able to say that all of our hard work has truly paid off. I am extremely excited to be able to showcase ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ to the rest of the community.”

There is a cast and crew of more than 70 students and a fantastic live orchestra. This is a show that will take the audience through the highs and lows of a small Jewish community, with a series of engaging songs and dance numbers; it is definitely a show for all ages.

The cast has thrown itself into the history of “Fiddler on the Roof,” and with the recent tragic events in Pittsburgh, the students have recognized the poignancy of the themes in this play. The behind-the-scenes teams have also all played a very prominent part in this production.

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ started on Thursday and runs through Saturday with 7 p.m. performances nightly and a 2 p.m. matinee on Saturday. Tickets are $25 for VIP, $15 for adults, $10 for students, and $50 for a family pass (two shows). There will be a $5 discount on all tickets for the Saturday matinee performance. For more information, call 949-9250. Tickets can be purchased from the school office on Walkers Road.

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