By Debbie Gartrell-Kemp and Neighborhoods correspondent
Apr 23, 2015 | 3:34 PM
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 email@example.com or by calling 410-751-3575 ext. 2283.
The church is at 16151 Old Frederick Road, Woodbine.
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.