Fiddler on the Roof

The Chinook High School Music Theatre Studies 15/25/35 class is set to present a classic musical.

Fiddler on the Roof opens next Tuesday, inside the Chinook Media Centre.

First produced in 1964, the story is set in the historical context of the early 20th century and revolves around the fictional Jewish settlement of Anatevka, in southwestern Russia. The themes of tradition versus social change, persecution, prejudice, love and the human condition have caused Fiddler to maintain a high level of popularity among audiences for the over 50 years.

This current production is presented by the curricular Music Theatre Studies class at Chinook, and features 60 students, including Grade 12 technical director, Nole Richardson (who provided the student lighting design for last year's class presentation of Les Miserables). Richardson, who intends to further his studies of technical theatre at the University of Lethbridge next year, has designed both the set and the lights for this year's class production.

The class, this term taught by Dave Mikuliak and intern teacher, Tony Zappone, is intended to guide students through project research, audition process, casting, rehearsal scheduling, theatrical design (set, lighting, costuming, make-up, hair, sound), rehearsal techniques and character study/development, in the hope of further nurturing student understanding of how effective process leads to authentic student self-assessment of performance outcomes.

Run dates for the production are Tuesday, Jan. 15 through Saturday, Jan. 19 at 7 p.m. nightly in the Media Centre.

Tickets are priced at $10 for adults and $8 for Seniors/Students, and are now available at School Cash online, or by dropping in or calling the Chinook High School Textbook Centre.

Due to ticket demand, an additional matinee has been added for 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19.