May. 5, 2015
Broadway Classic, Fiddler on the Roof, Opens May 8
Winner of nine Tony Awards, a record-setting Broadway run and a musical score that has withstood the test of time, Fiddler on the Roof has enthralled audiences world-wide for more than half a century.
Based on the writings of Sholem Aleichem, the story follows Tevye, a simple milkman, as he navigates the rough waters of a turbulent time.
“Although the production will be interpreted traditionally, the values and sentiments are extremely timely—universal as it were,” said Patrick Dizney, director, and Central Washington University professor of theatre arts. “It really focuses on Tevye’s struggle to maintain his faith in the winds of great change and persecution.”
As Tevye raises his five daughters, he struggles to maintain his familial and cultural traditions as the currents of political and social change pull his family further and apart. Strewn with such classics as “Tradition,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” theatregoers will be humming the music from “Sunrise [to] Sunset.” Full of warmth, humor, and a beautiful musical score, Fiddler on the Roof is sure to please audiences for years to come.
The role of Tevye will be played by seasoned theatre professional Eric Jensen. Jensen has been performing in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest since 1989. He has performed with ACT, 5th Avenue Theatre, Seattle Childrens Theatre, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Tacoma Actors Guild, and the Village Theatre, as well as the the Ordway in Minnesota and the Globe in California. A professional actor for the past 25 years, he has toured throughout the United States and the world—Barcelona, Japan, Taiwan, Singapore, and Canada. His past roles have included not only Tevye, but also Javert (Les Miserables), The Beast (Beauty and the Beast), and Emile DeBeque (South Pacific) and others. He has also worked as an educator and director for Village Theatre's Kidstage program
Fiddler on the Roof will be performed at 7:30 p.m., May 8-9 and 14-16, and at 2:00 p.m. on
May 10 and 17 in McConnell Auditorium. Tickets are $15-20 for adults, $12-18 for students and seniors and $7 for CWU students w/ID.
Advanced purchase is recommended. To purchase tickets go to www.cwu.edu/theatre/tickets. Tickets may also be purchased by calling 509-963-1429, or in person at the Wildcat Shop Customer Service at the Student Union and Recreation Building.
Parking in CWU lots is free after 4:30 p.m. and on weekends, except in residence hall lots and in specifically designated spaces.
Parents may consider some material unsuitable for their youngest children. May include situations, language, or actions that may startle some patrons.
Media Contact: Valerie Chapman-Stockwell, Public Affairs, 509-963-1518, email@example.com
May 5, 2015