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Fiddler on the Roof returns to The Round Barn Theatre
stage to mark the fifth anniversary of the introduction of repertory
theatre into Amish Acres musical theatre format. Running from July 11
Fiddler brings special meaning to Amish Acres on several fronts. First, the theatre's stage is dedicated to Joseph Stein, its librettist, for his authorship of Plain & Fancy, his first musical that has been running for fourteen years at Amish Acres. Second, the chilling story of discrimination and removal from their homeland echoes the plight of Amish society several hundred years earlier in the wake of the Reformation. As a cultural center, Amish Acres brings equal focus to Fiddler on the Roof and its theme for all persecuted people-the millions around the world who still do not enjoy religious or political freedom from oppression.
Stein, author of Take Me Along, Zorba, The Baker's Wife, and Rags, among other musicals and plays, won the Tony, the N.Y. Drama Critics' Circle Award and wrote the screenplay for the Oscar winning motion picture adaptation of the play.
Like My Fair Lady, Man of LaMancha, and Kiss Me, Kate, all based on the literary classics of Bernard Shaw, Cervantes and one Shakespeare, became Broadway classics, Fiddler on the Roof, is based on a lesser known, but perhaps equally talented, Yiddish fiction writer who called himself Sholom Aleichem. His tales vivified dramatically the life of the Jewish "shtetles" in Czarist Russia, a picturesque though impoverished life that had disintegrated considerably as a result of World War I and was thoroughly destroyed in World War II.
Several earlier attempts to reduce Aleichem's tales to the stage prompted Stein to believe that his stories could be made into a musical. When Stein's script, for which he won every conceivable award, was connected to the music of Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, Pulitzer Prize winners for their songs in Fiorello!, with the vision and stage magic of Jerome Robbins and the production savvy of Harold Prince, the team created a "miracle of miracles."
Fiddler on the Roof is about values at a time, like today, when there is confusion over those values. It is about the breaking down of traditions when some people are still trying to uphold these traditions. It is about a man and his relationship with his family, his people, the enemies of his people and of his special relationship with God. It is about love, of man for woman, of men for their fellow men and for their birthplace. It is about pride and dignity, sorrow and oppression. It actually takes place in a small village in Czarist Russia, called Anatevka. But it really takes place everywhere.
With the song list that includes "Tradition," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "If I Were a Rich Man," and "Sunrise, Sunset," patrons of all ages relate to the struggles with change that Tevye faces and the determination of his young daughters to find lives of their own outside of tradition.
Guest director David Callaghan, who directed last season's production of Hello, Dolly! is currently Assistant Professor of Theatre at the University of Montevallo in Alabama. Callaghan graduated from Rider College with a history major and English minor and holds a Ph.D. in theatre from The City University of New York, where he received the Lee Frank Turner Award for the Best Doctoral Dissertation. Before beginning his collegiate teaching carrier he was a casting director in New York for the Manhattan Theatre Club and Eve Battaglia Casting.
Resident directors and designers assisting Callaghan include choreographer Scott Saegesser, set designer Rebecca Burick, costume designer Jennifer Weaver, lighting designer David Castaneda and sound designer Tim Bennett.
Tevye will be played by Robert Geils, his wife, Golda, by Jennifer Weaver, his five daughters who occupy Tevye's attention as they seek lives fit for themselves will include Becca McCoy, Jenni Grunseth, Andrea DiGregorio, Elisabeth Kline and Emily Kuhn/Kendra Lentz.
The show opens in previews July 11, with opening night scheduled for Saturday night, July 15 and will run in rotating repertory with Plain & Fancy and Triumph of Love through September 3rd. For tickets call the box office at 800-800-4942 or order on line .
Book by Joseph Stein
Producer, Richard Pletcher
Director, David Callaghan
Fiddler on the Roof is
produced by special arrangement
Scenes and Songs
Tevye (Robert Geils) and Lazer Wolf
Robert Geils as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof
Repertory Cast Biographies
Robert Geils, originally from Chicago, now calls Nappanee home. He returns for his sixth season at the Round Barn Theatre. Audiences will remember him as Cornelius Hackl in last seasons Hello, Dolly!. Roberts other memorable roles at Round Barn Theatre include: Richard Henry Lee in 1776, Potiphar in Joseph , M. Le Cure (the priest) in The Bakers Wife, Nathan Anderson in Shenandoah, Motel the Tailor in Fiddler on the Roof (1996) as well as many others.
Sam Brown A native of Nappanee, Sam began performing on the Joseph Stein Stage in August of 1997 and joined the staff of the Round Barn Theatre during the 1999 season. Audiences may remember Sam as Ezra from last year’s Plain & Fancy. Other favorite roles include Jeff Douglas in Brigadoon and Charles Thomson from 1776.
Andrea DiGregorio is proud to be making her debut at the Round Barn Theatre. Originally from East Stroudsburg, Pennslyvania, she now resides in Brooklyn N.Y. She was last seen as Shprinzte in the Evergreen Dinner Theatre’s production of Fiddler on the Roof. Some of her favorite roles include Cinderella in Cinderella and Ado Annie in Oklahoma! Andrea would like to thank her family for all their love and support.
Rick Dakota Hart This season is Rick’s first season back in Indiana since he graduated from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC. Rick’s previous Round Barn experience came in the first season’s Fiddler on the Roof. He was born and raised in Indiana and has been seen at Enchanted Hills Playhouse, Wagon Wheel Theatre, Grace College as well as the Round Barn Theatre. He loves Jesus, his Mom and Dad, and his siblings Remington, Kyle and Tiffany.
Jason Lawergren is a 1995 graduate of AMDA, the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City. Hailing from Bemus Point, N.Y., his stage credits include Carl Magnus in A Little Night Music, Smudge in Forever Plaid, Billy Bigleow in Carousel, and Will Rogers in The Will Rogers Follies. He dedicates his performances to his beloved mother, Mary Herron. Thanks Mom! Love you!
Becca McCoy This is Becca’s first season at the Round Barn Theatre. Previous professional credits include Sunny in The Last Night of Ballyhoo and Lydia in All My Sons at Greenbrier Valley Theatre in Lewisburg, WV, and A Grand Night For Singing and Schoolhouse Rock Live! at American Stage in St. Petersburg, FL She is a recent graduate from the theatre program at Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, where favorite roles included Hedda Gabler, the Witch in Into the Woods and Scheherezade in The Arabian Nights. Much love and thanks to Thad and Mom.
Scott Saegesser is back for his 5th season at Round Barn Theatre. He appeared here last season as Barnaby in Hello, Dolly!, Harry Beaton in Brigadoon and Lon in Meet Me in St. Louis. He has also choreographed Annie Get Your Gun, Big River, Joseph… and Plain & Fancy as well as directed My Fair Lady and The Sound of Music. Some of his other favorite roles include the Courier in 1776 and the wounded Corporal in Shenandoah.
Jennifer L. Weaver Born and raised in Nappanee, Jennifer is happy to be working with the Round Barn Theatre. After spending several years in the RV industry she decided it was time to pursue her true passion. With many professional and civic credits for costume designing, some of her favorites include: Mack and Mabel, Into the Woods and Grease. She is also pleased to be a member of the core acting company. Some of her favorite roles include: Sheila in A Chorus Line, Joanne in Godspell and Ilona in She Loves Me. She would like to thank her mother for all her love and support. “Without her I would not be here today. I believe in you, too!”
Pete Wehle is originally from the Chicago area having graduated from Western Illinois University with a BFA in Theatre. He has performed in several recent productions at the Round Barn including The Sound of Music, Brigadoon, and Annie Get Your Gun. Pete joins the resident company of Amish Acres for his first full season. Mr. Wehle is the proud father of Paul and Sean.
Jim Beck A Wisconsin native, Jim now resides in South Bend, where he practices and has taught nursing, does commercials and print ads, and performs here as much as possible! Having performed here since the Round Barn Theatre's first rep show, Oklahoma!, some of his favorites have been 1776, The Bakers Wife, Joseph..., playing Hoagy Carmichael in Indiana Music on My Mind, and Rudolph in last summers Hello, Dolly! Thanks to God, family and friends for your love and support.
David Callaghan is happy to return to the Round
Barn Theatre after
directing Hello Dolly! here last summer.
Joshua Daniel Canfield Born in Indiana, Joshua has traveled all over America with his family, who are part of a ministry called Life Action. He has performed countless number of skits and musical dramas to thousands of people nationwide. Next year he plans to enroll at Cedarville College to major in Theatre. Joshua would like to thank his parents for their faithful support and gives all praise and joy to Jesus Christ.
David Castaneda has shed light on over 300 productions on the east coast. Bright moments in New York City: New York Shakespeare Festival, Pearl Theatre, 1996 Drama Desk Awards, Next Stage Company, Abingdon Theatre, Peculiar Works Project, La MaMa E.T.C., PS 122, West Bank Café, Turnip Theatre Festival, 70s nightclub Polly Esthers, and Hal Prince Musical Theatre Workshop at The Directors Company. Regional illuminations: Ronnie Spector in Atlantic City, Kenny G for Starbucks Coffee, Albany/Berkshire Ballet (NY/MA/VT), Carousel Dinner Theatre (OH), Millbrook Playhouse (PA), Theatre WinterHaven (FL), Cape Fear Regional Theatre (NC), New Stage Theatre (MS), and Theatre-by-the-sea (RI). David studied all about lighting at the North Carolina School of the Arts and can change almost any light bulb imaginable. He provided the lighting design for last seasons hit production of Hello, Dolly!
Nathan Elliott is an aspiring young actor who will be in the 7th grade at Lakeland Middle School, LaGrange, IN. Some of Nathans favorite roles include Winthrop in The Music Man, right here at the Round Barn Theatre as well as at the LaGrange Civic Theater, being a munchkin in The Wizard of Oz, and many others. Nathan would like to thank most of all God for giving me my talent, my Mom, my Dad, and other family members for supporting me through all of this, and my director and cast for helping me become a better actor.
Ike Foust was born and raised in Elkhart, Indiana, and first found the theatre in the ninth grade at Elkhart Central High School. His favorite acting roles were Kinickie in Grease and Tim in Noises Off. This is his first full time theatre position, but he is also the Technical Director for the Mousetrap Theatre Company, when not working at the Round Barn Theatre. Thanks to Dan and Zan for believing in me.
Aaron Fuksa is happy to be making his debut at the Round Barn Theatre having recently completed the national tour of Winnie the Pooh. Some of his favorite roles include Charlie Brown in Charlie Brown, Nicely Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls and Felix in Black Patent Leather Shoes, and two national tours of Gullivers travels. He would like to thank his family and friends.
Elizabeth Kline This is Elises 3rd performance at Round Barn Theatre. She was Brigitta in The Sound of Music and Minnie in Annie Get Your Gun. She was also in Annie and The King and I. Recently she performed in a short play written by herself and four others. She is currently involved in ballet and tap and hopes one day to go to New York and find her fame.
Emily Kuhn This is Emilys first production at the Round Barn Theatre. For the last three years, she has been active in the drama club at her school where she has been seen as Peter Pan in Peter Pan a One-Act Play, The Wicked Witch in The Magical Land of Oz, and Gretel in Hansel and Gretel. Participating in a number of workshops at the Wagon Wheel Theater, Emily was recently in Deadly Silence or If a Mime Falls in the Castle, Does Anyone Hear It? Short Plays by Short People. Emily enjoys tennis, in on the YMCA Swim Team, and is looking forward to middle school.
Heather N. Leichty is a 1994 graduate of Argos High School and received her Music Education degree from DePauw Universitys School of Music. She currently teaches elementary music at Walkerton Elementary School. Her favorite role is Smitty in How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying. Her philosophy is also her favorite scripture, for with God, nothing is impossible.
Jacob Jebediah Medich is returning to the Round Barn Theatre for his second season. He was seen last summer in Hello Dolly! and as Peter in Plain & Fancy. Jacob is from Walkerton, Indiana and will be a sophomore at the Boston Conservatory of Music where he is majoring in Musical Theatre. His credits include Dark of the Moon and Brigadoon. Jacob would like to dedicate this season to everyone who has helped him to work toward his dream.
Noel Reed returns to the Round Barn Theatre after a one year absence. He was seen in the acclaimed shows Shenandoah, Big River and 1776. Noel has been in over one hundred stage productions in northeast Indiana. Of note is his role as the ghost in Mr. Periwinkles Christmas Party at Oakwood Inn for the past several years. He is reprising his role as Lazar the Butcher for the sixth time in area theatres. Noel is a United Methodist minister and a retired school psychologist. He and his lovely wife make their home in Pierceton, Indiana.
Dane Michael Van Paris returns to the Round Barn stage after playing the role of Little Jake in last seasons Annie Get Your Gun. He is from the Indianapolis area and has been involved in musical theatre since the age of 3 ½. Dane has appeared in The Music Man at Putnam County Playhouse, Annie with the Carmel Community Players, as a Munchkin in The Wizard of Oz with Hendricks Civic Theatre, and as the littlest Lost Boy in Peter Pan at Indianapolis Civic Theatre. His most recent credits include Cinderella and Oliver at The Wagon Wheel Playhouse in Warsaw, IN. Dane is 6 years old and a first grader. He enjoys soccer, basketball and Poke'mon.
Jeff Van Paris is excited to make his debut on the Round Barn stage. He is from the Indianapolis area, where he is a third grade teacher. Jeff has performed with Carmel Community Players as Judas in Godspell and as Bert Healy in Annie. He also has appeared as Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man and as Rooster Hannigan in Annie with Hendricks Civic theatre. His other theatre credits include Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma! and Peter Pan with the Indianapolis Civic Theatre. Jeff is also a professional dancer and choreographer in the Indy area. Much love goes out to his family for supporting his performing habit, and especially to his son, Dane, who is performing with him tonight.
Susan Hepler Yoder joyfully returns for her sixth production at Amish Acres. She has performed as Mother Abbess in The Sound of Music, Ernestina Money in Hello, Dolly!, Alma Hicks in The Music Man and Mrs. Eynsford-Hill in My Fair Lady. She has played other roles such as Sister Amnesia in Nunsense, Bloody Mary in South Pacific, Agnes Gooch in Mame and Flora in La Traviata. She is an Art and English teacher at Goshen High School and co-directs the plays and musicals. Her greatest joys are her children, Jennie & Dan, Kristyn and Andy. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.
Special thanks to Rabbi Daniel Freitag and the Hebrew Orthodox Congregation Synagogue for their invaluable assistance on this production.
Tevye (Robert Geils) and Perchik (Rick
Fiddler on the Roof
With Five Daughters, You Can't
With Five Daughters, You Can't
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