“FIDDLER ON THE ROOF” TO BE PRESENTED BY ECU THEATRE, MUSIC DEPARTMENTS, MARCH 3-5

Emelia Robinson, who plays Grandma Tzeitel, is fitted for a dress by costume designer Raegan Thomas in preparation for East Central University’s 2016 production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” The production is set for March 3-5 at 7:30 p.m. each night in the Ataloa Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

The East Central University Theatre and Music Departments will present “Fiddler on the Roof,” March 3-5, in the Ataloa Theatre of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center.

The performances begin at 7:30 p.m. each night.

“Fiddler on the Roof” is set in 1905 pre-revolutionary Russia. The story centers on a philosophical milkman named Tevye, with his witted-tongued wife Golde and their five daughters – Tzeitel, Hodel, Chava, Sphrintze and Bielke.

They are ruled by community and cultural traditions that, without them in their lives, would be as shaky as a “Fiddler on the Roof.” However, Tevye’s life of tradition is tested among his own community and with the changes from the outside world.

A musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” is set to music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Joseph Steinf.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $9 for senior citizens and non-ECU students. ECU alumni receive a $1 discount and admission is free for ECU students, faculty and staff with an ECU ID. Tickets may be purchased online at ecok.edu/FineArts or by calling 580-559-5751. Tickets may also be purchased at the box office of the Hallie Brown Ford Fine Arts Center from 2-4 p.m., Monday-Friday, or one hour prior to the productions.

The production is directed by Vickie Reifsnider. The musical director is Rudy Lupinski and the orchestra director is Dr. Alan Correll. Choreography is being handled by Keegan Buckaloo, of Sallisaw. The dance consultant is David Perschica and the costume designer is Raegan Thomas.

Jamie Davis, of Ada, is reviving the role as Tevye after 20 years. Also on the cast list are: Susanne Woolley, of Ada, as the Fiddler on the Roof; Travis Henry, Stratford, as Lazar Wolfe; Zachary Smith, Sapulpa, as Motel; Keegan Buckaloo, Sallisaw, as Perchik; B.J. Echard, Macomb, as Fyedka; Trey Shofner, Ada, as Mendel; Philip Newcomer, Ada, as Rabbi; Will Brock, Ada, as Avram; Steve Filkins, Ada, as  Mordcha; Malik Sharp, Shawnee, as the Constable; Bessie Mei Soh, Stratford, as Nachum/Man 3; Kaleb Gordon, Seminole; as Sasha the Russian Dancer; Kane Berry, Shawnee, as Man 1 and the Bagel Seller and William Wilmoth, Ada, as Man 2 and Yussel.

Also appearing in the cast are Margie Beck, Ada, as Yente; Makaila Rodriguez, Lawton, as Golde; Tabitha Carr, Winnsboro, Texas, as Tzeitel; Morgan Miller, Ada, as Hodel; Shelby Davis, Ada, as Chava; Teresa White, Escanaba, Mich., as Shprintze; Morgan Urlaub, Ada, as Bielke; Leah Whiten, Davis, as Fruma-Sarah; Emelia Robinson, Stroud, as Grandma Tzeitel; Jamie Lee Beuchat, Sapulpa, as Shaindel; Allison Bush, Sapulpa, as the First Woman Rifka; Nicole Erwin, Ada, as the Second Woman and Maggie Payne, Sawyer, as Mirala, a village woman.

The women villagers/chorus include: Felicia Doyle, McAlester; Serena Elliott, Ada; Emily Ford, Ada; Charis Havens, Wynnewood; Chloe Henry, Stratford; Ashley Houchin, Ardmore; Alyssa James, Ada; Ashton Mayle, Eufaula and Kelsey Williams, Wright City.

Appearing as the children villagers/chorus include: Patrick Beck, Nina Benton, Asher Ford, Paige Piper, Sunden Rogers and Katie Vallandingham, all of Ada.

The set was designed by Dr. Rick Groetzinger, Theo Peshehonoff, Dr. Stan Pollard, Dr. Steve Phillips, Phillip Newcomer and Maggie Payne. Those who helped design the set pieces were Jamie Davis, Vickie Reifsnider, Nicole Erwin and Shelby Davis.

The orchestra includes: Woolley; Lupinski, Ada; Corey Hubbard, Moore (Southmoore High School); Emily Ross, Lawton; Lance Reisetter, Ardmore; Sarah Sanford, Ada; Cole Kugler, Noble; Blake Loy, Ada; Woodrow Clark, Ardmore; B.J. Stinson, Dickson; Ethan Linfoot, Sapulpa; Bo Chesser, Konawa; Jake Walker, Konawa; Joshua Keith, Ada and Flora Knight, Wynnewood.

The set director is Tim Avid, of Fitzhugh, and the stage hands are Cera Matthews, Ada, and Courtney Hennessee, Ringling.

-ECU-

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