A historical classic prepares to stun Central’s audience

By Kennedy Werner

Walled Lake Central’s Performing Arts Department proudly presents the musical Fiddler on the Roof  April 24 (7PM), April 25 (7PM), April 26 (7PM), April 27 (2PM), May 1 (7PM), May 2 (7PM), and May 3 (7PM). Tickets are currently on sale for $15 and $13 for students and seniors. Be sure to reserve your seat online at www.wlctickets.com or by calling the box office at (248)-956-4980.

The production is in full swing with actors rehearsing their parts. “My character is very poor, her husband is dead, and she doesn’t have any children, [these] were all big factors in developing the personality,” said sophomore Haley Tibbenham, who plays Yente, one of the leads. “It is definitely a lot of work to do a show like Fiddler with so many deep and real characters, but [it’s] going to leave the audiences more moved than ever.”

The historically accurate musical has touched audiences worldwide with its honesty, wit, and sincerity. Placed in a tiny village in Russia, Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of a poor dairyman who attempts to inspire his five daughters to practice intense Jewish traditions in a growing anti-Semitic Russia. The story tears down racial, class, and religious differences to bring tears of comedy and heartbreak to its spectators.

“My entire family and I are looking forward to this delightful show,” said junior Kassandra Aboona, “We’ve previously seen it elsewhere and know that Fiddler surely brings pleasure to those in attendance.”

The show will also incorporate the delightful sounds of WLC’s Orchestra. Those in the orchestra pit will be playing a combination of compositions with the cello, clarinet, flute, French horn, oboe/English horn, string bass, third trumpet, trombone, tuba, viola, and violin.

“The people involved (cast, pit, and crew) are some of the most talented people I’ve ever met. I am confident this is going to be another amazing musical from Walled Lake Central,” said sophomore Pit violinist Dana Nehls.

Central’s staff is offered a further delight. Each will have the opportunity to see the show once free of cost. Not only this, but also an entertaining twist will be provided while watching science teachers Judy Davis and Dr. Mary Kay Marks, retired teacher Jim Walsh, and Principal Chuck Morgan storm the stage with roles as mamas and papas.

“I have many students in the play and look forward to seeing them perform,” said English teacher Paul Hebert, “I have seen nearly every performance here at Central in the past six years and have been amazed at the set design, level of performance, and musical abilities of everyone involved.”

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