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Otterbein University Theatre presents "Fiddler on the Roof"

February 29, 2016
Otterbein University

Otterbein University Theatre closes its 2015-16 season with the musical Fiddler on the Roof, at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 7; 2 p.m. on Sunday, April 10; and 8 p.m. on April 8-9 and 14-16 in the Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St. Tickets cost $25. Call 614-823-1109 or visit www.otterbein.edu/drama.

John Stefano, chair of the Otterbein University Department of Theatre and Dance, will take the stage in the lead role of Tevye in this final production of the 2015-16 season. Stefano, who will be retiring at the end of the 2016 Otterbein Summer Theatre season, has been a professor and chair of the department since 1992.

Winner of nine Tony Awards when it debuted in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof has been touching audiences worldwide with its humor, warmth and honesty and has become a staple of the musical theatre canon. Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof’s universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, sadness and joy.

Stefano began teaching at Southern Methodist University in 1975 and continued his academic career at Emporia State University in Kansas and Illinois State University, where he was department chair and managing director of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. He has been active in the Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival and was awarded the KC-ACTF Gold Medallion Award of Excellence in 1998. He has also directed more than 40 productions, 23 of them at Otterbein, including the musicals Carnival, Big River, Baby, Sweet Charity, West Side Story, Oklahoma!, Kiss Me Kate, Peter Pan and Smokey Joe’s Café.

Tickets for Fiddler on the Roof are $25 each and can be reserved by calling the Otterbein University box office at (614) 823-1109 or purchased online at www.otterbein.edu/drama. The box office is open 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday through Friday. The box office is located in Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St.

 
DETAILS:

Otterbein University Theatre & Dance and the Department of Music present:

Fiddler on the Roof
Book by Joseph Stein
Music by Jerry Bock
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
April 7-10 and April 14-16, 2016
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

PRODUCTION TEAM
Director: Lenny Leibowitz
Music Director: Lori Kay Harvey
Choreographer: Stella Kane
Scenic Designer: Rob Johnson 
Costume Designer: Julia Ferreri
Lighting Designer: T.J. Gerckens
Sound Designer: Doc Davis

PRINCIPAL CAST LIST
Tevye, the Dairyman................................................................ Dr. John Stefano
Golde, his wife............................................................................... Aubree Tally
Tzeitel, his daughter........................................................................ Lauren Kent
Hodel, his daughter................................................................... Natalie Szczerba
Chava, his daughter......................................................................... Abigail Isom
Yente, the Matchmaker............................................................... Dana Cullinane
Motel, the Tailor............................................................................ Connor Cook
Perchik, the Student.................................................................... Connor Allston
Lazar Wolf, the Butcher.............................................................. Jack Labrecque

PERFORMANCE INFORMATION
Thursday, April 7 (Opening night, reception to follow performance)   
7:30 p.m.   
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

Friday, April 8             
8 p.m.        
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

Saturday, April 9          
8 p.m.        
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville 

Sunday, April 10           
2 p.m. 
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville 

Thursday, April 14 
8 p.m. 
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

Friday, April 15        
8 p.m.                              
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

Saturday, April 16        
8 p.m.        
Fritsche Theatre at Cowan Hall, 30 S. Grove St., Westerville

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