The Christendom Players, under the direction of student Mike Powell, presented four superb performances of the musical, “Fiddler on the Roof” on November 7-10.
“Fiddler on the Roof” takes place in Anatevka, a small turn-of-the-century peasant Jewish village in Czarist Russia. The story revolves around the poor milkman/philosopher Tevye (played by Bill Powell, the brother of the director) and his wife Golde (senior Laura Henderson), who scheme to marry off their five daughters according to the family’s “traditions.”
When his eldest daughter, Tzeitel (freshman Michele Winslow), begs him to let her marry a poor tailor, Motel (senior Pat Scanlon) rather than the middle-aged butcher, Lazar Wolf (freshman Derek Rogers), Tevye must choose between his own daughter’s happiness and his traditions. Once the tradition of having the Matchmaker (junior Lauren McCool) set up his eldest daughter’s marriage is broken, his other daughters, Hodel (sophomore Maggie Bolger) and Chava (sophomore Lorien Randolph) follow Tzeitel’s lead. Hodel falls in love with Perchik (Mike Powell), and Chava with Fyedka (sophomore Anthony Smitha) which eventually leads to family troubles.