PHILADELPHIA — Indian River Central High School senior Misty L. Brown is tackling her 10th show here, so it may be appropriate that her latest one involves “tradition.”
“It’s a timeless message,” she said.
Music students here will stage the classic “Fiddler on the Roof” for three shows on Friday and Saturday. The music is by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Joseph Stein. The show won nine Tony awards after its Broadway premiere in 1964.
In addition to the opening tune, “Tradition,” popular songs in the musical include “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” and “Sunrise, Sunset.”
The classic story, set in the little village of Anatevka, tells the story of Tevye the milkman, who tries to protect his five daughters and his way of life from a changing world.
Miss Brown plays Hodel, one of those daughters.
“It sends a message that you kind of have to keep up with the times,” Miss Brown said. “But at the same time, it does preserve the thought that keeping certain traditions is not a bad thing.”
Senior Georami I. Corral plays Tevye. Mr. Corral has been in several dramas and musicals at the school, but this is his first lead.
“So that is a challenge in itself,” he said. “But I’m working hard and I’m pretty sure it will be a great show.”
“We give it a fresh approach,” said junior Noah R. LaClair who plays Perchik, the outspoken student and visitor to Anatevka, who challenges the traditions of the town and who falls in love with Hodel.
“Our ensemble work is very good,” said Mr. LaClair. “The singing, acting and dancing is all put together well.”
Miss Brown said she discovered her love of theater as a sophomore when she was picked for the high school’s Select Choir. Its director suggested she try out for the school musical.
“I was hesitant because I didn’t think I’d get the part,” she said. “I ended up getting a lead that year and ever since it’s been my main passion and priority in life.”
Charles R. Heck, producer and K-12 music coordinator at Indian River Central School, said the 2 p.m. Saturday show will be interpreted for the hearing impaired, something done for most of the dramas and musicals staged by the school.
“I don’t know of any other school doing that,” Mr. Heck said. “People come from afar just because we do it.”
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The main cast of "Fiddler on the Roof” at Indian River Central High School:
Georami Corral as Tevye, Joanna Hecker as Golde, Emily Lapp as Tzeital, Misty Brown as Hodel, Tyler Heflin as Chava, Katie Peck as Yente, James Kessler as Motel, Noah LaClair as Perchik, Alex Behling as Fyedka, Danny Johnson as Lazar Wolf and Maria Inserra as the fiddler.
Kristie Fuller, stage director; Toni Zygadlo, music director; Lisa Smith, assistant music director; Kristina Dean, assistant stage director; Tricia Moore, choreographer; Lindsay Meyers, technical director; and Charles Heck, producer.
Professional pit band:
Toni Zygadlo, piano and conductor; Lisa Smith, keyboards; Jeff Miller and Michelle Neu, trumpets; Ashley Rowsam and Kammikia Barnes, flute and piccolo; James Wiley, clarinet; James Oxenford, trombone; James Lewis, horn; Agnes McCarthy and Sidney Black, violins; Lia Call, viola; Ben Sharrin, cello; John Goloski, bassoon; Steve Martin, guitar; Charles Heck, bass; and Jason Schirripa, percussion.