Fine Linen Theatre Presents: Fiddler on the Roof

By Vicki A. Brady

Fine Linen Theatre’s production of Fiddler on the Roof opens Thursday, April 12th, at the Cedar Street Playhouse in Rolla, Missouri featuring a cast of over 50 local, talented performers from Rolla and surrounding communities.

 

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.

 

Tevye (Lanin Thomasma) pretends he has a nightmare in order to get his wife, Golde (Clara Marie Tupper), to come to the conclusion that their daughter Tzeitel should marry Motel the tailor instead of Lazar Wolfe the butcher.

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,

The famous “bottle dance” at Motel and Tzeitel’s wedding is flawlessly performed by (L-R) Anna Nisbett, Logan McBride, Nathan Pfeifer, Jeremy Graber, and Joy Nisbett.

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.

 

Tradition is the recurring theme through the story of Fiddler on the Roof as the villagers of Anatevka try to maintain their identity through growing persecution and changing social values.
1. Lanin Thomasma as Tevye will be familiar to local audiences for his Fine Linen portrayals of Fagin in Oliver! and Professor Potts in Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Miracle Worker, Arsenic and Old Lace and for multiple performances with Ozark Actors Theatre as Clarence in It’s a Wonderful Life, Lend Me a Tenor, Lucky Stiff, and more.

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