Tickets for the Briarwood Academy Chorus production of Fiddler on the Roof, which will be presented at 8 p.m. on March 28-29 in the Briarwood gym, are now on sale in the school office.
Reserved and general admission tickets may be purchased in advance for $10 at the school office, which is open from 7 a.m. until 4 p.m. Monday through Thursday. Tickets may be purchased at the door the evening of the performances for $12.
"It's going very well," choral director Jeanie Joesbury said of rehearsals, which began in early January. "This musical is going to showcase our talents well."
Over 80 middle school and high school choral students are cast members of the play as well as two fourth graders, according to Mrs. Joesbury.
Miriam Hahn, a Briarwood graduate and former chorus member, is serving as stage director and directing all of the principal scenes for the production, according to Mrs. Joesbury, who will be playing the piano for the musical. While at Briarwood, Ms. Hahn had leading roles in several productions.
With a degree in English and theatre, the recent Wofford College graduate is "adding a new dimension to the drama aspect of our production. I'm very pleased to welcome her back to Briarwood," Mrs. Joesbury said.
Set in 1905 in pre-revolutionary Russia, Fiddler on the Roof is the story of a Jewish dairyman (junior Ben Raburn) who tries to maintain family and religious traditions despite a rapidly changing world. He must cope with the edict of the Tsar, who evicts the Jews from their village, and with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters, whose choices of a husband move progressively further away from traditional Jewish customs.
Despite the fact that the musical deals with such serious topics as persecution, poverty and the struggle to hold onto one's beliefs, the comedic moments and the excellent music made Fiddler on the Roof the longest running production in the history of Broadway for many years. If I Were A Rich Man and Sunrise, Sunset are two of the well-known musical numbers in the production.
Senior Jennifer Morey plays the wife of Tevye, the dairyman. The three oldest daughters he is attempting to marry off are Tzeitel, played by senior Whitney McTier; Hodel, played by senior Brittany Ray; and Chava, played by senior Jessica House. The two younger daughters are portrayed by fourth graders Morgan Sherrer and Chappell Powell.
Mitchell Powers, the son of Don and Beth Powers of Thomson, will serve as fiddler for the production, according to Mrs. Joesbury, who said she is very grateful to find local talent.
Other major roles are played by Caitlin Burnside as Yente, the matchmaker; Matthew McElveen as Motel, the tailor; Carl Chapman as Perchik, the student; Chase Walker as Lazar Wolf, the butcher; Dave Joesbury as Mordcha, the innkeeper; Ethan DeMore as the Rabbi; Trey Stadler as Mendel; Nick Dawson as Avrahm and as Nachum, the beggar; Blair Moyer as Grandma Tzeitel; Maria Johnson as Fruma Sarah, Lazar Wolfe's dead wife; Andrew Johnson as the Constable; Adam Hardy as Fyedka, a gentile; and Jamie Russell as Shaindel, Motel's mother.