MIAMI – New World School of the Arts musictheater program celebrates the 50th anniversary of the Tony Award-winning musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” one of the longest-running and most-loved Broadway musicals, presented by the NWSA High School theater juniors and seniors, directed by William Roudebush - adjunct theater faculty of NWSA.
Fiddler on the Roof opens at NWSA, just in time for the holidays, on December 5; 7:30 PM, Louise O. Gerrits Theater. 25 NE 2 Street, 8th floor, downtown Miami. Additional performances will be held on December 6, 12, and 13; 7:30 PM, with a matinee show on December 7 and 14 at 2:00 PM. General admission is $15, students and seniors $10. Tickets can be purchased online at http://nwsa.mdc.edu.
“The pogroms spoken of [during the musical] were sponsored by Tsarist Russia just before the 1917 revolution exactly one hundred years ago today. In those days they existed in print or by courier or, even more acutely, by rumor. The oppressed only had their imaginations to conjure up the images of massacre, extermination, genocide, and holocaustic bloodshed,” said Roudebush.
Adapted as a musical from the stories of Sholem Aleichem, Fiddler on the Roof takes place amidst the bleak and desolate landscape of tsarist Russia in 1905. The musical follows Tevye and his five daughters as they come of age and issues of marriage and tradition. Set only 12 years before the liberal revolution, which overthrew the czars in Russia, the story takes place within a context of shifting ideals and challenges to tradition. As social tensions rise within their own world of tradition, the world outside is changing as progress is marching forward. Nothing, not even the tradition, which felt so secure to Tevye, is a sure thing.
After a trial run in the summer of 1964, the original Broadway production of Fiddler on the Roofdebuted on September 22, 1964 at the Imperial Theater. The musical ran for several years and was then transferred to the Majestic Theater in 1967 and on to the Broadway Theater in 1970, where it enjoyed a long life. Since running on Broadway, the musical has seen four Broadway revivals, with the fifth scheduled for the fall of 2015. Fiddler on the Roof has been produced in many international venues, including a translation into Hebrew and then another into Yiddish, the original language in which Sholem Aleichem wrote his stories.
About the NWSA Theater program: Theater and music theater students at NWSA hone their craft through acting technique, movement and speech classes, focusing on fundamentals of physical and emotional preparation. With performance at its core, training is based on the classical texts and the principles of drama as well as practical incursions into the contemporary and experimental edges of theater. Consequently, alumni are found performing onstage nationally and internationally and their talent and vision are recognized and highly regarded in the industry.
New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami-Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and theUniversity of Florida.
Information about the NWSA Theater program is available by calling 305-237-3541 or visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu.
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