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Wednesday, 12 July 2017 15:10

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ returns to HART

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The beloved production of “Fiddler on the Roof” will hit the stage through July 30 at the Haywood Arts Regional Theatre in Waynesville.

The production will feature a cast of 30 with a live orchestra, elaborate backdrops, and a big bash on opening night in the theater’s lobby. HART last produced “Fiddler on the Roof” in 1990 at The Strand Theater in downtown Waynesville. The show was a major hit for the group and helped launch the theater’s growth into one of Western North Carolina’s most respected companies. That production starred Dr. Stephen Wall in the lead role of Tevye and HART Executive Director, Steven Lloyd, made his first appearance on the HART Stage as the butcher Lazar Wolf.

Fast forward 28 years and the new production is being directed by Lloyd with a cast that includes: Jeffrey Streitfeld, Lyn Donley, Martine Jacobs, Kelsey Sewell, Sydney Lyles, Reagan Mulvey, Chelcy Frost, Ryan Albinus, Adam Lentini, Charlie Cannon, Strother Stingley, Susan Rudniak, Tabitha Judy, Fleming Bell, Madison Sugg, Randy Robins, George Heard, Zada Hooten, David Yeates, Dylan Renken, Tom Dewees, Lucretia Bell, Ashlyn Clark, Bonnie DeMarco, Sierra Earl, Noelle Frost, Maria Frost, Drake Frost, Melody Goldberg, Turner Henline, Jordan Hollifield, Tammie Crawford Schwab and Madison Turner.

“Fiddler on the Roof” is based on Tevye and his Daughters (or Tevye the Dairyman) and other tales by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family’s lives. He must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters, who wish to marry for love — each one’s choice of a husband moves further away from the customs of his faith — and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village.

HART’s production will have performances at 7:30 p.m. July 13-15, 20-22 and 27-29, and at 2 p.m. July 16, 23 and 30. Special discount tickets are available for the Thursday, July 13 performance. Patrons may also make reservations to dine at Harmons’ Den Bistro located in the HART Theater complex, which offers dinner seating beginning at 5:45 p.m. and Sunday Brunch at 12:30 p.m. The bistro’s menu can be viewed on the HART website. Patrons can make reservations online at www.harttheatre.org or by calling the HART Box Office at 828.456.6322 from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday.

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