Stagelighters presenting 'Fiddler on the Roof'

"Fiddler on the Roof” is coming to the South Carroll High School stage. Here, Tevye, played by Federico Alvarado, talks to God in the scene before “If I were a Rich Man.”
"Fiddler on the Roof” is coming to the South Carroll High School stage. Here, Tevye, played by Federico Alvarado, talks to God in the scene before “If I were a Rich Man.” (Marcia Franklin submitted photo)

The South Carroll Stagelighters are bringing "Fiddler on the Roof" to the South Carroll High School stage.

The show will be presented at 7 p.m. April 30, May 1, 2, 8 and 9, with a matinee at 2 p.m. May 9.


"Fiddler" centers on Tevye, a poor milkman in pre-revolutionary Russia who attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon his family. He must come to terms with the wishes of his three oldest daughters, who want to marry for love, and a tsar who wants to move Jews out of his village.

Show director Marcia Franklin — who previously directed "Urinetown," "Anything Goes" and "Cats" at SCHS — described "Fiddler on the Roof" as a timeless classic.


"Everyone knows it and loves it. While the story may be about a small Jewish village during the 20th century, the themes of the show are timeless: love, family, tradition, dignity," said Franklin.

"'Fiddler,' by any means, is not a show about being Jewish. Yes, Tevye is Jewish, and his relationship with God is an integral part of the show's storyline, but the musical is about the balance of traditions with a constantly changing world," Franklin said.

Tevye is played by junior Federico Alvarado. "Tevye is a character driven by the conflicting values of family and faith; with such depth and raw character, he is both a challenge and an honor to portray," said Alvarado.

The role of Golde will be played by senior Marissa Mowers and by freshman Gillian Van Ditta (for the April 30 and 2 p.m. May 9 shows). "Fiddler" also stars senior Karleigh Hubble as Tzeitel, junior Emily Alexander as Hodel, and freshman Sophie Stromberg as Chava. Senior Gregory Curtis plays Lazar Wolfe and sophomore Lorin Loftus plays Yente. The love interests of the three daughters are senior Ben McCardell as Motel, senior Austin Shields as Perchik, and junior Konner Pavlik as Fyedka.

Alyson Marks is serving as assistant director for this production.

According to producer Caitlin Adolph, the musical is suitable for the entire family. Tickets are $10 in advance or $12 at the door and can be purchased online at scstagelighters.com. Group discounts for 10 or more tickets are available by emailing ckadolp@carrollk12.org or by calling 410-751-3575 ext. 2283.

South Carroll High School is at 1300 W. Old Liberty Road, Winfield.

Pasta and praise

Calvary Lutheran Church invites you to enjoy an evening of food and music from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, April 24, at the church.

The "Calvary Cooks" will prepare a variety of pastas and sauces, salad, bread, desserts and drinks.

There is no cost, but a freewill donation would be appreciated to go toward a fund to build a house in an underdeveloped country.

For your enjoyment, a variety of musical groups from the church will perform: brass, strings, hand bells, praise encounter, choir, etc.


Call 410-489-5280 or visit http://www.calvarylutheranmd.net to learn more.

The church is at 16151 Old Frederick Road, Woodbine.

Plant sale

Are you in need of plants to beautify your home? If so, the Audubon Society of Central Maryland will be holding a plant sale from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, April 25, at the Audrey Carroll Audubon Sanctuary.

The sale will be held rain or shine, and will offer a large variety of woody plants and perennials for purchase.

Visit http://www.centralmdaudubon.org for a complete list of plants and prices or call 410-997-9492 or 301-831-5060 for more information.

The sanctuary is at 13030 Old Annapolis Road, Mount Airy.

Debbie Gartrell-Kemp covers Mount Airy, Taylorsville, Winfield, Woodbine and Lisbon. Contact her at 410-861-6058 before 9 p.m. or Debbie.neighborhoods@aol.com.

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