First auditions for Fiddler

By Emily Money

Auditions for this year’s production of Fiddler on the Roof have been postponed! They will now take place during the last week of January. Dance auditions will be on January 27, and actor auditions will be January 28 and 29. Call back auditions will be Thursday, January 30.

“Actor and dancer auditions were postponed because of the snow days. We were supposed to start the 8th of January. But when the production team had a conference call, we decided to move them… we’ll get it going and I’m really excited,” said Choir Director Mary Rashid.

Orchestra auditions were not postponed. They took place January 13 and 14. “The Pit kids are sounding great. We have so many incredible players here,” stated Rashid.

There seems to be a lot of interest in the musical this year. “Kids are coming to me for copies of songs they want to sing.  We had more than 100 students at the informational meeting back in December. I ran out packets.  There’s been a great turn out for Pit auditions,” said Rashid.

However, don’t let that discourage you from trying out! “The most important thing for actors is to give your all! Be as “out there” as you can be with energy, diction, interpretation, facial expression, movement. Just go for it!” suggested Rashid.

Fiddler is about a Jewish man in 1905 who struggles with marrying off three of his daughters while facing growing anti-Semitism in his Russian village. It is based on Tevye and his Daughters and other stories by Sholem Aleichem. “I think it’s my favorite musical, with so many beautiful songs and wonderful characters. It’s a funny and moving story, it has everything in it. Great songs, great dialogue, comedy, dances you won’t believe,” stated Rashid.

The final cast list will be posted by Saturday, February 1. Go to wlcmusical.org for more information.

“I’m very excited for the musical! More than just the performances, I look forward to working with such great coaches and directors and learning so much from them. And after spending so much time together the cast and crew become like a big family that I get to share this amazing experience with!” said sophomore Hayley Tibbenham, who is currently preparing for her audition.

“I can’t wait to start working…Ms. Golden, Mrs. Rexroat and I are really excited about the show,” said Rashid.

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