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2009 PVPHS Spring Musical, Fiddler on the


In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, a poor dairyman, tries to instill

in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community
in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of
Czarist Russia.

The story centers onTevye, the father of five daughters, and his
attempts to maintain his family and religious traditions while outside
influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope with both the
strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—each daughter's
choice of husband moves progressively further away from established
customs—and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their

The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964,

was the first musical to surpass the 3,000 performance mark. The
production earned $1,574 for every dollar invested in it.

Rich in historical and ethnic detail, “Fiddler On The Roof” has touched
audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. It's
universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class,
nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy
and sadness.

The show was highly acclaimed and nominated for ten Tony Awards,
winning nine, including Best Musical, score, book, direction and
choreography. It spawned four Broadway revivals, a successful 1971
film adaptation, and has enjoyed enduring international popularity.

Audition Dates:
Tuesday January 6, 3-6pm – Vocal Auditions
Wednesday January 7, 3-6pm – Dance Auditions
Thursday January 8, 3-6pm – Callbacks

Rehearsal Schedule:
Monday – Friday, 3-6pm . Saturdays 9am-5pm As needed.
First Rehearsal: Monday January 12.
Parent Information Meeting (Mandatory): Wednesday, January
14, 6:30pm
March 9-11, 3-10pm
Note: Not all cast members will be called everyday.

Performance Dates:
Thursday – Saturday, March 12-14, 7pm
Sunday, March 15, 2pm
Wednesday, March 18, 6pm
Thursday – Saturday, March 19-21, 7pm
Sunday, March 22, 2pm

Vocal Auditions:
Each auditioner will be expected to sing ONE of the available
songs. There will be an accompanist playing at the auditions.
Tevye – “If I Were A Rich Man” (Measures 1-35)
Motel – “Miracle of Miracles” (39-68)
Others – “To Life” (1-38)
Golde – “Do I Love Him?” (37-43)
Daughters – “Matchmaker” (1-70)
Others – “Tradition” (82-100)

Dance Auditions:
Come prepared to dance! Dress comfortably, in clothes and
shoes you can move in. NO BARE FEET! Our choreographer
will teach you a short routine and you will do your best.

Not all will be called back. At the callbacks you may be
asked to read for certain roles or sing a second time. Even if
you are not called back, that does not mean you did not
make the show. Callbacks will be made on an as needed
Character Breakdown
AVRAM The Bookseller (Baritone: D-High E flat )
BIELKE Tevye's youngest daughter.
CHAVA Tevye's middle daughter (Mezzo-Soprano: Low B-C)
FRUMA-SARAH Lazar's Wolf's dead wife (Mezzo-Soprano: C-E flat)
FYEDKA A young Russian
GOLDE Tevye's strong-willed wife (Mezzo-Soprano: Low A-E flat )
GRANDMA Golde's grandmother (Mezzo-Soprano: C sharp - E flat )
HODEL Tevye's next eldest daughter (Mezzo-Soprano: Low B - E )
LAZAR WOLF The brawny butcher. (Vocal Range: Baritone, C - C )
MENDEL Rabbi's son (Baritone: B - E flat )
MORDCHA The Innkeeper
MOTEL The young tailor (Baritone or Tenor: E - High F sharp )
NACHUM The Beggar
PERCHIK The strong-voiced student (Baritone: B - High E)
RABBI Anatevka's Jewish spiritual leader (Baritone: G – C)
SASHA Fyedka's friend
SHAINDEL Motel's Mother
SHPRINTZE Tevye's 2nd youngest daughter
TEVYE The Dairyman, comic, earnest, wise father (Baritone: Low A
flat - High F)

TZEITEL Tevye's eldest daughter (Mezzo-Soprano: Low B - D sharp)
YENTE The meddling matchmaker (Alto: Low F - mid E flat)
In the Prologue, we meet Tevye the milkman and his wife Golde, and the people of Anatevka, a
small Jewish settlement in Russia. It is 1905 and the first rumblings of the Russian Revolution
are to be heard.

Life in Anatevka is hard, and governed by the traditions of the Jewish way of life, with marriages
arranged by the village matchmaker Yente. She has been to see Golde, to arrange a marriage for
Tzeitel, the oldest daughter, with the rich but elderly Lazar Wolf, the village butcher. Tzeitel,
Hodel and Chava, the three sisters sing of the matches they would like to be arranged for their
perfect husbands.

Tevye then enters, pulling his cart, and muses "If I was a rich man", but his dreams are
interrupted by various people, and the news that Jews from adjacent villages are being evicted.
Enter Perchick, a student from Kiev University, wandering, but earning a living from giving
lessons to children; Tevye invites him to spend the Sabbath with them, and he is soon involved
with Hodel, Tevye's second daughter. After some confusion, Tevye and Lazar Wolf agree to
Tzeitel's betrothal, but when Tevye tells Tzeitel the good news she is overcome and has to reveal
that all along, she has loved Motel the tailor. She is so upset that Tevye agrees (after persuasion)
that she may marry him and not Lazar Wolf; this then has to be explained to Golde.

This is cleverly done by the appearance, in a dream, of Lazar's deceased first wife, Fruma-Sarah,
who tells off dire consequences of Lazar remarrying. Golde agrees to the marriage pf Tzeitel and
Motel. The marriage is celebrated, but after a joyous dance, the Constable enters with his men
and breaks up the ceremony as a prelude to a pogrom.

Act Two opens with Perchick on his way back to Kiev to tack part in the revolution but, before he
goes he asks Hodel to marry him. They tell Tevye that they will marry in defiance of the tradition
that they should ask him, and despite his opposition, he agrees. He bravely tells Golde of his
decision and why he did it - because Hodel loves Perchick - and asks if she loves him and this
leads to the loveliest duet in the show - "Do you love me?"

Then rumours start about Hodel and Perchick (who has been arrested in Kiev) followed by a new
arrival in Motel's shop, where Chava, the third daughter has once again be approached by
Fyedka, a Russian. Fyedka has been interested in Chava for some time but she has held off due
to Tevye's traditional Jewish hatred of all things Russian would never allow him to accept Fyedka
as his son-in-law. Now she realises that she loves him, and tries to ask Tevye to accept Fyedka
but he cannot and tells her never to see him again. She decides instead to run away with him.

On top of this disaster, the Constable warns Tevye that the whole village has but three days to clear out
- the pogrom - has started - there is talk of resistance but it is hopeless: and Anatevka has to be

The opera ends with the villagers, one after the other going away to start a new life wherever the
may, leaving Tevye, Golde, and their youngest two daughters, Shprintze and Bielke packed and
ready to go to America, leaving Anatevka empty, deserted, silent.

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