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March 20th-24th 2018

 

 

 

KATS have performed the musical, Fiddler on the Roof three times previously in our long history so why are we so keen to perform it again in March?

Well, put simply because it is one of the best-loved musicals of all time. This award-winning show is a joy to perform and a joy to watch.

The creative team behind Fiddler on the Roof is the same dynamic quartet that brought KATS’ award-winning production of Oliver! to life in 2015. Hoping for another success is Musical Director John Amery. Describing KATS as “a very strong company”, John is pleased to be part of the team again. The Oscar winning musical score is certainly one of the many highlights of the show; with songs ranging from the rousing opening number “Tradition” to the abandoned “To Life” and the hauntingly beautiful “Sabbath Prayer” and “Sunrise, Sunset”.

 

The show’s story centers on Tevye, the poor milkman, his wife Golde and their five daughters. Yente the Matchmaker is busy finding husbands for the girls in the belief that any husband is better than no husband. The girls themselves, of course, have other ideas.

Fiddler on the Roof is an affectionate and affecting gem of a musical. It recreates the challenges faced by a Jewish community striving to maintain their traditions as their society moves in new directions. It’s a story about love, family, loyalty, friendship, faith: all the things which make us human.

The little fictional village of Anatevka in 1905 where the show is set, could arguably be any group of people, anywhere in the world, at any time. The themes of persecution, migration and homelessness are sadly still relatable today. Not a jolly plot-line for a musical some might think, but Fiddler on the Roof is not a tale of woe. It has warmth and joy. It is funny, poignant and uplifting and will take audiences on an emotional roller coaster as the story of this proud and resilient community unfolds upon the stage.

Lynne Deller’s experience and skill as a Director shines through this production and she has loved bringing what she describes as her special brand of “chaos and magic” to rehearsals. Researching for the show has been a fascinating experience for Co-Director Jill Brock. Jill has taken particular care to bring authenticity to the production, explaining “this story is genuine in its ethnicity and origins which means that we need to pay attention to detail and reflect the lives of the people in that place and time as accurately as possible.”

Adding her characteristic fizz and professional expertise to the show is Choreographer Suzie Boyle. Suzie commented that she is “delighted to return to KATS to be part of this wonderful production of Fiddler on the Roof” adding “I’m so proud to work with such a lovely cast and wonderful creatives”.

 

  

 

The Cast.....

 

TEVYE: Anthony Chamberlain

GOLDE: Sally Feetenby

TZEITEL: Tara Roberts

HODEL: Lucy Booker

CHAVA: Ella Crossland

YENTE: Jules McColl

MOTEL: Dan Sinnott

PERCHIK: Dan Sinclair

FYEDKA: Tommy Booker

FRUMAH SARAH: Sarah Montague

GRANDMA TZEITEL: Caroline Sheard

  

 

LAZAR WOLF: Bill Fletcher-Neal   

INNKEEPER: Rich Turley

RABBI: Grant Davis

MENDEL (his son): Jonathan Cardrick

CONSTABLE: George Boradhurst-Preece

RUSSIAN TENOR: Jacob Seldon  

AVRAM: Gil Garland

ANNA: Kirsty Bonner

SHPRINTZE: Isla McColl

BIELKE: Annie Robens

SHANDEL: Astrid Kemble

THE FIDDLER: Gracie Seldon    

ENSEMBLE

Christine Bonner, Felicity Bonner, Kevin Brown, Julie Cardrick, Teresa Chapman, Archie Feetenby, Will Howatson, Jean Lewis, Helen Mitchlemore, Lauren Pomfret, Sarah Robens, Ben Sheard, Libby Sheard, Apple Taylor, Judy Titmuss, Trevor Trout, Bethan Tucker, Dee White, Di Willcock, Rob Willcock   

   

 

Fiddler on the Roof is being performed at Malborough Village Hall from 20th to 24th March. Tickets go on sale on the 3rd February at Kingsbridge Information Centre or from www.kats-kingsbridge.co.uk

  

 

 

 

 

 

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Chava, Hodel and Tzeitel are hoping for the perfect match