NHS students prepare for ‘Fiddler on the Roof’Published 10:55am Thursday, March 4, 2010
By BRETT PHILLIPS
Niles Daily Star
After two months of preparation, the Niles High School cast of “Fiddler on the roof” will be performing their musical this weekend.
Set in early 20th century Russia, this classic tale tells of the trials and tribulations of a traditional Jewish family.
The fiddler, a symbol of tradition, is a reliable figure in an ever-changing world for the townspeople of a tiny Russian village.
“Fiddler on the Roof” centers around a Russian couple and their five daughters. The story tells of the troubles of this family, along with the rest of their small village, in their everyday lives.
Many cast members voiced their opinions of their characters and of the story line of the play.
“It’s not my favorite play, but we stuck it out,” said sophomore Torence Witherspoon.
Many cast members will take away very different memories of this production.
Sophomore Danny Touhey said of the experience, “I love running the sewing machine. That was my favorite part.”
Others, such as senior Allison Landgraf, describe this play as, “the smelliest experience of my life.”
Others are simply glad to have their current roles.
Junior Josh Kirby was not originally cast for his current role of Avram.
“I started out as a stand-in,” said Kirby, “but I got the part of Avram after someone else dropped out.”
Sophomore Monica Bielski, who plays the Fiddler, is also thankful to have her part.
“I didn’t have the part initially, but I was cast for it later,” she said.
Bielski also happily added, “I think we’re doing a very good job with the play.”
Complete with romance, drama, and even a bit of suspense, “Fiddler on the Roof” is open to the public Saturday, March 6 at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday, March 7 at 2:30 p.m. in the auditorium.