It’s the timeless tale of Tevye, the milkman, his wife and five daughters balancing their lives like a Fiddler on the Roof! Set in the little village of Anatevka, with the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill in them the traditional values leaving the audience crying tears of sadness, joy and laughter.
Under the Direction of Katherine Apperson, more than 100 Conant High School students and faculty have collaborated over a three-month period to create the 2017 musical which opens on Thursday, October 26, 7 p.m. at the CHS Plate Auditorium and runs through Saturday, October 28 at 7 pm.
The Background. Winner of nine Tony Awards when it debuted in 1964, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is the brainchild of Broadway legends, Jerome Robbins and Harold Prince; songwriters, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; and book writer, Joseph Stein. Touching audiences worldwide with its humor, warmth and honesty, FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is a staple of the American musical theatre.
The Music. With iconic and beloved songs like “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “Tradition!,” the Conant cast is under the musical direction of Tim Koll, CHS Choral Director. The live orchestra of student musicians will be conducted by Kreg Moorhouse, CHS Director of Bands. Conant Alumni and Schaumburg On Stage Choreographer Danielle Zyrkowski created all of the high energy dance numbers.
The Cast. The Conant production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF stars Zack Gold as Tevye, Amy Rodriguez as Golde, Brooke Peterson as Tzeitel, Giovanna Johnson as Hodel, Michele Gurrieri as Chava, Dylan Toth as Motel, Payton Kaye as Perchik, Cameron Hacker as Fyedka, Natalia Styrczula as Yente, Brie Chahine as Bielke, Alyssa Glanzmann as Shprintze, Julia LaSpisa as Grandma Tzeitel, Ashley Rodriguez as Frumah-Sarah, Nate Massa as Lazar Wolf, Andy Vito as Rabbi, Anthony Thomas as Constable, Rob Stanislawski as Mordcha, Sammie Kluch as Shaindel, Nicholas Rogacki as Mendel, Satyajit Sarkar as Avram, Deming Fanslau as Nahum, Matthew Mercurio as Yussel, Scott Grgurich as Sasha, and Kyle Morimoto as The Fiddler.
Satyajit Sarkar, Anthony Thomas, Michael Tarchala, Rob Stanislawski, Deming Fanslau, Matthew Mercurio, Scott Grgurich, Andy Vito, Keerthi Rajaram, Zack Gold
Sammie Kluch, Morgan Schoebel, Anisha Narain, Julia LaSpisa, Sophie Douvris, Hailey Schimpf, Emily Mytych, Ally Vasilakis, Lexxi Coleman, Lila Kalanzi, Abriana Tereza, Emily Falcon, Katie O’Brien, Mia Gurrieri, Amanya Meir, Melanie May, Natalie Pirovano, Amanda Grabowski, Natalia Stryczula, Amy Rodriguez, Ashley Rodriguez
Logan Kennelly, Nicholas Rogacki, Charlie Holcomb, Caleb Murray, Logan Franklin, Dylan Toth
Cali Bessemer, Trinity Bessemer, Erin Minogue, Alicia George, Hannah Gold, Ellie Schroeder, Ailey Yamamoto, Te Amarie Katsman, Maya Kumar, Taylor Tamillo, Rhea Moozhayil, Molly Ladwig, Jessica States, Lexi Tempera, Natalie Urban, Jenna McDonald, Emily Erhardt, Brooke Peterson, Giovanna Johnson, Michelle Gurrieri
Scott Grgurich, Anthony Thomas, Satyajit Sarkar, Matthew Mercurio, Nickolas Rogacki, Logan Kennelly
Featured Bottle Dancers
Michael Tarchala, Logan Franklin, Keerthi Rajaram, Charlie Holcomb, Caleb Murray,Deming Fanslau, Andy Vito, Rob Stanislawski
The Pit. Kreg Moorhouse, Musical Pit Director; Dominic Anzalone (Trumpet), Nicolas Avalos (Violin), Livia Bensi (French Horn), Caleb Boysen (Cello), Katie Cornet (Trombone), Lauren Day (Trumpet), Annie Fu (Violin), Mollly Holcomb (Oboe/English Horn), Kevin Kusiak (Keyboard), Daniel Kweon (Violin), Libby Mayfield (Clarinet), Anne Murray (Clarinet/Bass Clarinet), Murat Oguz (Double Bass), James Preucil (Viola), Abigail Rich (Violin), Hartej Sandhu (Trumpet), Katie Schroeder (Percussion), Melania Toczko (Bassoon) and Laura Vesco (Flute/Piccolo).
The Tech Staff and Crew. An army of students are producing the sets, costumes, lighting, sound and marketing for this production under the direction of Lisa Gentry, (Art Director), David Torpe, (Set and Tech Director), and Jennifer Lange, (Costume Director). Tech Crew: Amber Dean, Zach Cayer, Sebastian Koniecko, Emma Lee, Adya Verma, Hassan Iqbal, Chloe Thonus, Katelin Holian and Hannah Large.
Art Crew: Ellie Bryant (Stage Manager), Grace Ladwig (Stage Manager), Jessica Morataya (Prop Mistress), Tulsi Mehta (Prop Mistress), Maddy Higgins, Claire O’Connor, Karissa Han, Khushi Patel, Allison Walters, Hassan Iqbal, Kelsey Welch, Patrick Camargo, Joey Tamaso, Julia Kopacz, and Taylor Corral; Costume Crew: Mary Flowers, Sharon Grant, Alana Acker, Marsha Darga, Paige Zielinski, Audrey Kuhn and Gabby Freiberg. Makeup Crew: Ryanne Barker, Emma Lee and Rachel Moore.
The richness of the Jewish culture in the book and music of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF required a new approach for the CHS Musical Team. So, English Teacher Stephanie Svarz and Senior Molly Holcomb have come onboard as our Dramaturges. Coaching the cast, crew and orchestra through presentations, the Dramaturges also developed a website at chsfiddlerontheroof.weebly.com which is open to the public. For the students, these resources will help them learn the language, culture, traditions and the humor of the Jewish culture to make more educated choices as the production comes to life. For our audience, these resources may help you develop a deeper understanding of the production. Enjoy your pre-show research. . .L’chaim!
The show opens on Thursday, October 26, at 7 pm at the Conant Plate Auditorium. Additional performances at 7 pm include: Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28. There will be a Matinee on Saturday, October 28 at 2 pm. Running time is approximately: 2:00.
To Purchase Tickets:
Advance ticket sales will be available ONLINE at www.ShowTix4U.com, or CLICK HERE!
(Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover accepted), or ORDER BY PHONE at 1-866-967-8167. Tickets are $10 each for all shows, plus applicable service charges.
If available, tickets will be sold ONE HOUR prior to each show at the Box Office located at West Entrance #5 of James B. Conant High School, 700 East Cougar Trail, off Plum Grove Road, Hoffman Estates, IL 60169.