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Local talent embrace roles in Arena's 'Fiddler on the Roof'
Local talent embrace roles in Arena's 'Fiddler on the Roof'

Two performers with local connections are lighting up the stage in Arena Stage's new production of "Fiddler on the Roof," the classic musical, which is celebrating its 50th anniversary and runs through Jan. 4. Dorea Schmidt, who grew up in Laurel, and Valerie Leonard, a Columbia resident, are dazzling audiences as main characters in the 1964 Broadway hit that garnered nine Tony Awards, including best musical. Schmidt is making her debut performance at Arena Stage and plays the role of Tzeitel, the oldest of a poor milkman's five daughters. Tzeitel does not want to go along with her parent's arranged marriage for her, but wants to marry her childhood friend, a...

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