2003-08-01 / Community

Fiddler On The Roof Faces Last Performances

By Susan Jasper
Fiddler On The Roof Faces Last Performances By Susan Jasper

For the past two weekends the Rockaway Theatre Company’s phenomenal production of Fiddler on the Roof has been playing to packed audiences. At Saturday Night’s performance [7/26], many disappointed theatre goers had to be turned away as all 255 seats had already been sold prior to curtain time.

This weekend marks the final performances of this extraordinary production and the RTC is expecting to break all previous attendance records set during its six-year history. The final performances will be given on Thursday, July 31, at 8 PM and on Friday August 1 and 2 at 8PM. According to Susan Jasper, the show’s producer, Saturday night’s performance is already pretty nearly sold out in advance reservations and the other two nights are filling up just as quickly.

There are many reasons for the show’s great success. This production boasts an incredibly talented cast of performers, headed by Rob Fahn, a most charismatic Tevye. The music, like the story, is a unique blending of joy and sorrow and is sung by a skillful and harmonious chorus featuring the adept vocalizations of Hank Otero, Darnell Small, Henry Lagos, Cathy Murfitt, Phyllis DePiero and Allison McLaughlin, just to name a few. The exquisite soprano voice of Nancy Kelly-Sturgis, who plays the part of Tevye’s, daughter, Hodel, alone, is worth the price of admission.

The male solos are also very adroitly handled by Michael Basile and David Risley, who play Tevye’s sons-in-law. The roles of Tevye’s wife Golde and his eldest daughter Tzeitl are shared by Rona Prince and Judith Kenny and Suzanne Wilson and Juliet Pannone respectively. The fact that these two superb casts appear on alternating nights is reason enough to see this production twice.

Fiddler on the Roof is packed with many surprises that must be seen to really be appreciated. The choreography is superb. The "L’Chaim and wedding scenes are exceptional, but the standout scene of the play is most certainly "The Dream". Saying anymore would ruin the fun! If you’ve never seen a Rockaway Theatre Company production, or you merely haven’t gotten to see this one, and you’re thinking of coming up to Fort Tilden this weekend to see what all the hoopla is about, it is very strongly suggested that you make advance reservations at least twenty four hours prior to the day of performance by calling the RTC Hotline at 718-850-2450.

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