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The provincial town of Anatevka, immortalized by both the short stories of Sholem Aleichem and the classic musical "Fiddler on the Roof," comes to life on Aurora Community Theatre's stage.
The large cast does a remarkable job with "Fiddler," which celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.
There is much to enjoy about this production, including stellar performances by the actors, great music, fantastic dancing, great costumes and scenery and a wonderful story. But there also are a lot of small details -- snatches of prayer, for example, heard during the Sabbath Prayer scene -- that make this fictional town so real.
Mark H. Durbin of Twinsburg stars as the milkman Tevye, who, along with his family and longtime neighbors, must adjust to changes in his life -- both within his family as well as changes encroaching from outside the small town. Tevye and his wife Golde (played by Eve Phythyon) must contend with the marriages of their three oldest daughter, with each marriage chipping away at the traditions held so dear. Tzeitel (played by Durbin's real-life daughter Marissa) marries Motel, a poor tailor (played by Justin Roth), instead of the local butcher Lazar Wolf (played by Tom Horsfall), as arranged by local matchmaker Yente (played by Sue Jeromson). Hodel (played by Kelley Edington) becomes engaged to Perchik (played by Kyle Burnett), a Jewish student from Kiev. Chava (played by Brittany Smile) marries Fyedka (played by Jeffrey Koudelka), a Christian. At the end, of course, the entire town must vacate everything they know due to an edict from the ruling Tsars.
Ticket and show information
"Fiddler on the Roof" continues through May 17, with Friday and Saturday shows starting at 8 p.m., and Sunday matinees on May 4 and 11 at 3 p.m. An additional Thursday show was added for May 15 at 8 p.m.
Tickets at $16 for all adults, $11 for age 18 and under are available online, anytime, including seat selection at auroracommunitytheatre.com or by calling 330-562-1818.
Group discounts can be arranged by calling the box office.
Aurora Community Theatre is at 115 E. Pioneer Trail, near the intersection of routes 43 and 306, at the gazebo, in the center of Aurora.