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FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

This cheerful, lyrical, warm and humorous tale of a bygone era is one of the masterpieces of musical theatre. “Fiddler on the Roof” owes its success to the music and libretto, both of which brilliantly convey the atmosphere and local colour of a small village in tsarist Russia in the early 20th century. Anatevka was inhabited by Jews and Russians, who formed two separate communities. The story of an ordinary Jewish family and its everyday problems serves as a pretext to show the changing world, traditions falling under the burden of new phenomena and the clash between eternal principles of life and the passing of time. The trials and tribulations of history disrupt the peaceful life in the village and the orderly world of Tevye’s family. This is the background for the story of the protagonists and the dramatic fate of Anatevka itself.

SYNOPSIS

The plot of “Fiddler on the Roof,” based on a novel by Sholem Aleichem (“the Mark Twain of Yiddish”), is focused on the poor milkman Tevye, his wife Golde and five daughters. Although Anatevka is poor, life here is peaceful and happy, governed by a harmony with nature and age-old traditions. Three of Tevye’s daughters have already reached the eligible age for marriage, but they reject the offers of the village matchmaker—they want to get married out of love… The milkman has to face the difficult choice of whether to stay true to tradition or allow his children to be happy. His eldest daughter, Tzeitel, catches the eye of the rich butcher and widower Lazar Wolf, but her heart belongs to the poor tailor Motel. Hudel falls in love with Perchik, a student from Kiev, while the young Chava is smitten with the Russian Fyedka. Soon, history catches up with our protagonists: Perchik wants to leave Anatevka to join the brewing revolution, while the local police receive an order to throw all Jews out of the village.

PRODUCTION

Almost exactly fifty years after the musical’s premiere in New York’s Imperial Theatre and more than forty years from Norman Jewison’s cult movie adaptation, the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic—European Art Centre in Białystok prepared its own production to mark the second anniversary of moving to a new seat. The Białystok production of “Fiddler on the Roof” revives the atmosphere of an early 20th-century shtetl, yet in a new, original take. The mythical Anatevka is no longer just a distant, sentimental land: this idealized town is deeply rooted in our reality, as a result of which the show turns into a lyrical, yet poignantly contemporary morality play. Fantastic acting, picturesque set design, charming group scenes, unique dramatic power, suggestive stage solutions and—most importantly—amazing, memorable music further testify to the production’s high artistic level.


World premiere: 22 IX 1964, Imperial Theatre, Broadway, New York
Premiere: 28 IX 2014

The production of the opera was financed from Bialystok City budget
IX 2014
3 hrs (one 25 min intermission)
Polish
45–120 PLN

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Authors

Music: Jerry Bock
Book: Joseph Stein
Songs Lyrics: Sheldon Harnick

Creators

Director: Roberto Skolmowski
Music Director: Grzegorz Berniak
Set and Lighting Designer: Paweł Dobrzycki
Choreography: Ewa Zając, Jarosław Sołowianowicz
Choir Director: Violetta Bielecka
Vocal Director: Dariusz Grabowski
Producer: Anna Jakubowska-Podsiad

Book Translation: Antoni Marianowicz
Poster Designer: Paweł Dobrzycki
Literary Manager: Joanna Gdowska

CREATIVE TEAM

Music Cooperation / II Conductor: Adam Banaszak, Maciej Tomasiewicz
Assistant Directors: Andrzej Danieluk, Rafał Supiński
Associate Set Designer: Katarzyna Bajak
Pianist-Choir Répétiteur: Monika Bierć
Soloists’ Répétiteur: Karina Komendera, Anna Krzysztofik-Buczyńska
Ballet Accompanist: Grażyna Kuklińska
Lighting Technicians: Barbara Jabłonowska, Karol Łobaczewski, Mateusz Łukaszuk
Sound Technicians: Grzegorz Falkowski, Elżbieta Grzybek, Karol Kopeć, Mateusz Roman Pawelec, Krzysztof Wolfard
Multimedia Technicians: Robert Burzyński, Adam Ostaszewski, Adam Puciłowski
Jerusalem and New York Scenes: Andrzej Godlewski
Chief Stage Technician: Tomasz Parejko
Stage Technicians: Jarosław Bancerek, Piotr Przygoda
Set Construction Crew: Daniel Bąk, Piotr Bielawski, Artur Chajęcki, Grzegorz Czarnomysy, Dominik Gruszewski, Marcin Korsak, Tomasz Kossakowki, Rafał Mlenko, Łukasz Nieścierewicz, Mariusz Rybaczek, Andrzej Świderski
Stage Maintenance: Paweł Wysocki
Theatrical Make-up: Monika Żukowska, Marta Lewkowska, Anna Łopatecka, Magdalena Szałaj
Prop Master: Aneta Komenda
Wardrobe Supervisors: Barbara Rożko, Tamara Fiedoruk, Teresa Kiejko, Eliza Matejczyk, Grażyna Polak, Marzena Śmietało
Planning Managers: Agnieszka Hryniewicka, Joanna Maliszewska

Based on a novel by Sholem Aleichem with the permission of Arnold Perl
Produced in New York Stage by Harold Prince
Directed and choreographed in New York Stage by Jerome Robbins
Produced according to the materials provided and authorized by, and with the permission of, Music Theatre International, 421 West 54th Street, New York, NY 10019; tel.: (212) 541-4684, fax: (212) 397-4684; www.MTIShows.com
Licensed by Stowarzyszenie Autorów ZAiKS

Cast

Tevye, the milkman
Józef Frakstein / Grzegorz Szostak
Golde, his wife
Karolina Kuklińska / Agnieszka Makówka
Tzeitel, his daughter
Marta Wiejak / Monika Ziółkowska
Hodel, his daughter
Anna Wolfinger / Monika Ziółkowska
Chava, his daughter
Sara Abouhilal / Julia Dmochowska / Laura Narolewska / Dorota Rosłaniec
Shprintze, his daughter
Weronika Dudzińska / Justyna Racewicz
Bielke, his daughter
Karina Dudzińska / Aleksandra Kamieńska
Yente, the matchmaker
Dorota Radomska / Anita Steciuk
Motel Kamzoil, a tailor
Rafał Supiński / Kamil Wróblewski
Shandel, his mother
Danuta Jakimowicz / Katarzyna Supronowicz
Perchik, the scholar
Andrzej Danieluk / Bartłomiej Łochnicki / Maciej Nerkowski
Lazar Wolf, the butcher
Damian Aleksander / Ryszard Doliński / Jakub Szydłowski
Mordcha, the innkeeper
Maciej Nerkowski / Tomasz Steciuk
The Rabbi
Mariusz Bierć / Maksym Fedorov
Mendel, his son
Piotr Rafałowski / Wojciech Miastkowski
Avram, the bookseller
Dariusz Pruszyński / Krzysztof Szyfman
Nachum, the town beggar
Rogério Angoneze Jr. / Oleg Kobzar
Grandma Tzeitel
Beata Macegoniuk / Katarzyna Supronowicz
Fruma-Sarah
Magdalena Masiewicz / Joanna Motulewicz
Yussel, the town hatter
Krzysztof Drugow / Bogdan Kordy
Constable
Taras Kuzmych / Kirill Lepay
Fyedka
Andrzej Danieluk / Wojciech Ziółkowski
Sasha
Przemysław Borys / Leszek Gaiński

Podlasie Opera and Philharmonic Orchestra, Choir and Children’s Choir

Fiddler
Stanisław Kuk
Rafał Dudzik
Dariusz Garbacz
Igor Makarski
Piotr Namiot

Extras
Maciej Borys
Patryk Misiejuk
Mateusz Parejko
Jakub Zacharczuk

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