The Actorsingers

Presenting Community Theatre since 1955

Fiddler on the Roof (1972)

Elm Street Auditorium
November 17-19, 1972

Based on Sholem Aleichem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl

Book by Joseph Stein

Music by Jerry Bock

Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Produced on the New York Stage by Harold Prince

Original New York Stage Production Directed and Choreographed by Jerome Robbins



The Cast

in order of appearance


TEVYE, the dairyman W. George Szok

GOLDE, his wife Grace Bolen

TZEITEL, his daughter Constance Patti

HODEL, his daughter Dorothy H. Fontaine

CHAVA, his daughter Gisele D. LaFrance

SHPRINTZE, his daughter Mary Ellen Potter

BIELKE, his daughter Annie Shooman

YENTE, the Matchmaker Betty Callahan

MOTEL, the Tailor Stephen Juselis

PERCHIK, the Student Jerry Beaudoin

LAZAR WOLF, the Butcher Robert N. Daigle

MORDCHA, the Innkeeper John Florio

RABBI Dan Pelletier

MENDEL, his son Dennis Carta

AVRAHM, the Bookseller Bud Annis

NACHUM, the Begger Charles Ivanow

CONSTABLE Frank Bolen

GRAMMA TZEITEL Francesca Bosowski

FRUMA-SARAH Celia Shooman

SHAINDEL, Motel's mother Joan Frey

YUSSEL Joel P. Saren

SASHA Paul Rigol

RUSSIAN David Pierce

FYEDKA Gene Blouin

YOUNG CHAVA Marie Bedard

PRIEST Jeffrey Kent

BOYS Joe and Tom Kandra

Chorus Albert Bedard, David Pierce, Joel P. Saren, James P. Murphy, Steve Ducharme, Bud Annis, John Florio, Dennis Carta, Charles Ivanow, Diane LaFrance, Sylvia Dobrowolski, Frances Peterson, Judy Chaput, Francesca Bosowski, Patricia A. Mayo, Judy Kolanek, Linda Annis, Gail Kronk, Joan Frey

Dancers Peter Chaput, Robert Dichard, Peter Walters, Joel P. Saren, Michael Levesque, Steve Ducharme, Hormoz Scheili

Orchestra

Flute Jill Gidge

Clarinet Gary Toussaint

Oboe/English Horn Mark Maryanski

Bassoon David Hebert

Violin Robert Brunton

Cello Rowena Carr

Bass Mark Zeckel

Horn Brian Coughlin

Trombone Don Wallin

Percussion Don Ouellette, Kevin Ewalt

CREDITS

The Actorsingers would like to extend a special thanks to the following. Without their interest and support "Fiddler on the Roof" would not have been possible.

Almy's

Heat, Inc.

Boys Club

Harry Tong

Maury Kingman

American Legion

Hampshire Music

Rabbi Bela Fischer

Temple Beth Abraham

Arts and Science Center

Church of the Good Shepherd

Nashua Federal Savings and Loans

The Directors

Dramatics Director Al Miller

Choreographer Peter Chaput

Music Director Steve Norris

Accompanist Jo Millet

Production Staff

Production Co-ordinator Irene D. Batch

Production Secretary Linda Annis

Stage Manager Harry Strickland

Assistant Stage Manager Warren Tomasian

Set Design and Decorator Kay Kandra

Set Construction Harry Strickland, Warren Tomasian, Joel P. Saren, Gene Blouin, Millie Wright, Mike Levesque, Irene D. Batch, Myron Kandra

Stage Crew Warren Tomasian, Ray Gual, Millie Wright

Lighting Harry Strickland

Spotlight Stanley Ratoff

Sound George King

Wardrobe Mistress Patricia Racine, assisted by Terri Turner, Myra Florio, Carolyn Marineau, Marge Thompson

Properties Master Gary Griggs, assisted by Kathy Griggs, Joanne Saren, Eileen Callahan

Make-up Joan Frey and Irene D. Batch, assisted by Eileen Callahan, Connie Hayward, Claire Anderson, Sandra Lozeau, Ray Goranson, Carolyn Marineau, Betty Badeau, Harry McDonald. Beard Creations by Joan Frey and Irene D. Batch

Tickets Arlene and Bud Annis, assisted by Angela Tomasian, Penny Tamulonis

Orchestral Co-ordinator Jill Gidge

Publicity Joel P. Saren

Program Editor Dan Pelletier

Program Illustrator Cheryl Powers

Collage Joel P. Saren

Ads Sara Gual

Typist Anne Zanichkowsky

House Chairman David Gidge, assisted by Joyce Adams, Eliese Atkins, Elaine Bosowski, Kathy Callahan, Pam Davala, Pat Florio, Raelene Harris, Connie Hayward, Cheryl Jennings, Louise King, John Liljeberg, Sandra Lozeau, Ken Lozeau, Dorothy Marcek, Carol Pridgen, Sandra Pridgen, Maureen Sutton, Al Tamulonis, Linda Tamulonis, Laura Winslow, Millie Wright, Sandra Wright, George Marineau, Jean Cole, Peter Labombarde, Viola Leone, Bob Smith, Karen Backenstross, Janet Smith, Jaye Heubner, Sharon Sargent, Lorraine Laroche, Carol Goss, Harold Goss, Cheryl Powers, Celeste Racine, Sara Gual, Richard Lacasse

Auditions Harry Strickland (Chairman), David Gidge, Thelma Peruelo, John Liljeberg, Steve Norris, Al Miller, Peter Chaput

Rehearsal Pianist Jo Millet

Patrons Thomas Gill

Membership Millie Wright

Bank Window Ginny Mammone

Cast Portraits Lloyd Perreault

Photographer Dan Marcek

Cast Party Carolyn Marineau


THE PLAY

"Fiddler on the Roof" opened in Broadway at the Imperial Theatre on September 11, 1964. The reviews were quite favorable and "Fiddler" has been a stage phenomena ever since. The title is explained in the prologue by Tevye, so listen carefully.

The story is basically that of a not-so-humble dairyman and the problems caused by the untraditional marriages of his three daughters. Tevye has to cope with his wife, his daughters, their suitors, and the more tragic problems caused by the upheavels of the revolutionary period.


SHOLOM ALEICHEM

(1859-1916) Born in the Ukraine, Sholom was one of the greatest of Jewish novelists, dramatists, and short-story writers. He wrote the original stories on which "Fiddler" is based. Tevye, the milkman, is one of his best-known creations. These stories were gathered together in a book called "Tevye's Daughters" (Crown Publishers, 1949). The most important of them, as far as "Fiddler" is concerned, were the stories, "Modern Children", "Hodel", and "Chava". All of them are worth reading.


JEROME ROBBINS

"Fiddler's" original Broadway production was largely the work of Jerome Robbins. He directed and staged the show. His marvelous feeling for effect was chiefly responsible for the show's popularity. Robbins is best known for his choreography, with work on such hits as "Peter Pan", "Gypsy", and "West Side Story". He won as Oscar for the latter. Time said of him, "He took U.S. ballet out of doublets and put it in dungarees". Celebrity Register notes that this was a reaction to an early experience with a group devoted to Russian folklore. One year he appeared as a sheaf of wheat. He got reaped every night. Not surprisingly Robbins got fed up with babushkas and beets. The only thing the audience has to reap though is an evening's entertainment from one of Jerome Robbins' most spectacular successes.


Synopsis of Scenes and Musical Numbers

LA'CHIAM (to life) --- --- --- MOZEL TOV (good luck)

The Place: Anatevka, a Small Village in Russia

The Time: 1905, on the Eve of the Revolutionary Period

Act One

Scene 1 Kitchen in Tevye's house

"Matchmaker" Tzeitel, Hodel and Chava

Scene 2 Exterior of Tevye's house

"If I were a rich man" Tevye

Scene 3 Interior of Tevye's house

"Sabbath Prayer" Tevye, Golde and the Villagers

Scene 4 The Inn

"La'Chiam, to life" Tevye, Lazar Wolfe and Men

Scene 5 A street outside the Inn

Scene 6 A bench outside Tevye's house

"Miracle of Miracles" Motel

Scene 7 Tevye's bedroom

"The Dream" Tevye, Golde, Gramma Tzeitel, Fruma-Sarah and the Villagers

Scene 8 Village street and Motel's tailor shop

Scene 9 Section of Tevye's yard

"Sunrise Sunset" Tevye, Golde and the Villagers

"Bottle Dance" Yussel, Hershel, Shlosme and Shandel

"Wedding Dance" The Villagers

Act Two

Prologue

Scene 1 Exterior of Tevye's house

"Now I have everything" Perchik and Hodel

"Do you love me?" Tevye and Golde

Scene 2 Village Street

"The Rumor" Yente and the Villagers

Scene 3 Exterior of the railroad station

"Far from the home I love" Hodel

Scene 4 Village Street

Scene 5 Motel's tailor shop

Scene 6 Somewhere on the outskirts of the village

"Chavaleh" Tevye and Chava

Scene 7 The barn

"Anatevka" Tevye, Golda, Yente and the Villagers

Scene 8 Outside Tevye's house


OUR SPRING PRODUCTION
"A FUNNY THING HAPPENED ON THE WAY TO THE FORUM"