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'Fiddler On The Roof' Coming To Kentwood


Shari Barrett

"Tradition" is how we must live our lives! (left to right: Bradley Miller, Susie McCarthy)

Kentwood Players will present the Tony Award winning musical "Fiddler on the Roof" with book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Jerry Bock, and music by Sheldon Harnick from March 14 to April 19.

There will be 20 performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm, Sundays at 2 pm,and Thursdays on April 3, 10, and 17 at 8 pm at the Westchester Playhouse, 8301 Hindry Avenue, Westchester.

The production is produced by Rocky and Victoria Miller, directed by Harold Dershimer, with musical direction by Catherine Rahm, and choreography by Isabella Olivas, and is produced by special arrangement with Music Theatre International.

Featured in the cast, in alphabetical order, are Kayla Atkinson, Jason Bornstein, Paul Callender-Clewett, Kryzstofer Charles, Ria Erlich, Marty Feldman, Nathan Fleischer, Samuel Goldman, Barbara Haberman, Trevor Hart, Osi Holt, Spencer Johnson, Andy Kallok, Kirsten Krieg, Carly Linehan, Susie McCarthy, Bradley Miller, Trish Miller, Kelsey Nisbett, Fiona Okida, Roy Okida, Gabrielle Olivas, Joseph Olivas, Jennifer Richardson, Judy Rosenfeld, John Russell, Michael Sandidge, Bruce Schroffel, Ethan Schyman, Hollister Starrett, Jessica Stone, Jennifer Sperry, Jenny Torgerson, and PJ Waggaman.

The heart-warming musical is based on tales by Sholom Aleichem, centering on the milkman Tevye and his family eking out a living in the Jewish community of Anatevka in 1905 Tsarist Russia.

Tevye strives to keep up the traditions of his faith, race, and culture against the backdrop of discrimination and prejudice in addition to the love, conflict and humor of finding husbands for his three eldest daughters, especially when their choices of husbands moves him further away from the customs of his faith.

The musical's title stems from the painting "The Fiddler" by Marc Chagall, one of many surreal paintings he created of Eastern European Jewish life, often including a fiddler; a metaphor for survival, through tradition and joyfulness, in a life of uncertainty and imbalance.

One of the most successful and long-running musicals of all time, "Fiddler on the Roof" includes such favorites as "If I Were a Rich Man," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "Tradition" and "Sunrise Sunset."

Shari Barrett

Golde insists that Tevye speak to Lazar Wolf. (left to right: Bradley Miller, Susie McCarthy)

Tickets are $23.00 with a $2.00 discount for seniors, students, servicemen, and Metro riders. To purchase tickets, please call (310) 645-5156 during box office hours, Wednesday through Saturday from 4-7 PM. You may also purchase tickets online at For group ticket sales, please call Lori Marple-Pereslete at (310) 216-9094 or the box office.

For more information about Kentwood Players including our current productions, upcoming auditions, and our Kentwood Kids Children's Theatre classes and productions, please visit the Kentwood Players website at You can also find Kentwood Players information on Facebook and Twitter.

To meet the "Fiddler on the Roof" production team and learn more about Kentwood Players and what goes on at the Westchester Playhouse, the public is invited to attend our general membership meetings, which are free and held on the third Wednesday of each month at 7:30pm at the Westchester Playhouse, located two blocks west of the San Diego Freeway and two blocks north of Manchester at 8301 Hindry Avenue in Westchester, CA 90045.


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