CHS Students Take Centre Stage in Theatre Production

Drew Morris, Dea and Regan Witherstone are all playing leading roles in the Blackwood Musical Theatre Society’s production of Fiddler on the Roof on 18th – 21st April 2018.  Drew Morris came in at the last minute to take on the part of the Fiddler.  Her role involves sitting on a roof 6 ft above the stage, as well as mastering stage directions in just two weeks.  Regan plays Chava, one of the three main daughter roles, involving solo and script work, whilst Dea plays Sprinteze, the youngest daughter. 

“All three are an extremely good advert for Crickhowell High School and are making an impact in our musical theatre group” said Lesley Reynolds, Production Director.

If anyone would like to attend the performances, tickets cost £8.00 on Wednesday and £10.00 on Saturday and Sunday.  The performances start at 7.00 pm.  Call the box office on 01495 227206 or book online.

Fiddler On The Roof – The Plot

The play is set in 1905, pre-revolutionary Russia, in the largely Jewish community of Anatevka, Ukraine, whose residents are ruled by community and cultural traditions and where life is as precarious as the perch of a fiddler on a roof.  For poor dairy farmer Tevye and his wife Golde, those traditions include getting the town matchmaker, Yente, to find their five daughters –  Tzeitel, Hodel, Chava, Sprinteze amd Bielke – suitable wealthy husbands, especially important since the girls will have no dowries.  Tzeitel, not yet twenty, doesn’t like that Yente only chooses old men, especially as she is mutually in love with the poor tailor, Motel.  Motel doesn’t believe Tevye would approve of a union between him and Tzeitel because of Motel’s poor socio-economic state, and without someone arranging the union.  Hodel understands these traditions better than her elder sister, Hodel who has her sights on the rabbi’s son, because of what he is, not because of who he is.  Chava accepts her fate, marriage still being years away, but she hopes for someone she will love while she now focuses on her love of books.  Change away from those traditions is in the air, which is confirmed by Perchik, a young man, a student espousing Marxist ideals, recently arrived from Kiev.  This change may affect what happens matrimonially with Tzeitel, Hodel and Chava.  But this change is also in the form of anti-Jewish sentiments sweeping across Europe, which may affect what happens to Tevye, his family, and the Jewish community in Anatevka as a whole.