By Vicki A. Brady
Fine Linen Theatre has done it again! They have managed to pull together a cast of over 50 local actors, dancers, and singers, complete with period costumes, and produce the Tony Award winning musical, Fiddler on the Roof, opening on Thursday, April 12, at the Cedar Street Playhouse located at 701 North Cedar Street in Rolla, Missouri .
Set in the Russian village of Anatevka in 1905, Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of Tevye, a poor Jewish milkman raising five daughters amid rising political tensions. Balancing his faith’s traditions with his father’s heart, all the while keeping his sharp-tongued wife, Golda, happy, takes every bit of wit and charm Tevye can muster.
The story takes you through the betrothal and marriage of three daughters, each one challenging Tevye to flexibly bend his traditions without breaking. The award winning music and dance steps carry the story and transport the audience to a place and a culture rich with beauty and heritage.
Lanin Thomasma’s portrayal of Tevye is remarkable and transforming. The three eldest daughters, Cristina St. Pierre as Tzeitel, Maggie Hamacher as Hodel, and Savannah Feeler as Chava, stand out as graceful, believable, and talented, with clear, beautiful voices that endear the audience. The dance scenes, choreographed by Tracy McBride, live up to the audiences expectations, especially the Russian dance-off set in the pub and the famous wedding Bottle Dance.
Fine Linen Theatre productions have been entertaining sold-out audiences since 2002. Originally begun as an educational outlet for their children,
Dr. Keith Nisbett and his wife, Kim, have brought wholesome entertainment and a creative outlet to the community with drama like The Miracle Worker, Pride and Prejudice, and Twelve Angry Men, comedies such as You Can’t Take It With You, and several Broadway musicals including Seussical, A Tale of Two Cities, Beauty and the Beast, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and Oliver. Known for their excellence and professionalism, they have had to expand their performance dates to accommodate the overwhelming demand for tickets. Show times begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. on April 12, 13, 14, 17, 19, 20, 24, 26, 27, and 28. Matinees at 2:00 p.m. will be performed on April 21 and 28. Ticket prices range from $4 to $15 and can be purchased online at www.finelinentheatre.com or by calling 800-806-1915. Gift certificates are also available.