Fiddler on the Roof

June 2007


Acorn Antiques 2015 Mack & Mabel 2014 Masquerade 2013 Titanic The Musical 2012

Acorn Antiques 2015

It was Curtain Up! on a new era for Denmead Operatic Society as we presented "Acorn Antiques The Musical", by Victoria Wood - our first show under the new name of Curtain Up! Productions at the Petersfield Festival Hall from 25th-27th June 2015.

Mack & Mabel 2014

Mack and Mabel, the story of the relationship between early film producer Mack Sennett and his star Mabel Normand, was presented at the Petersfield Festival Hall from 15th-17th May 2014.

Masquerade 2013

This was an exciting new venture: presenting our very own show, written especially for us by Ian Clark, at the Park Community School in Havant from 29th May to 1st June 2013.

Titanic The Musical 2012

To mark the one hundredth anniversary of the sinking of the Titanic, we presented this spectacular musical at the Park Community School from 6th-9th June 2012. It was a great success and we won a NODA Accolade of Excellence for the production.

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What's next?

We are reprising our 2010 production of 'Allo 'Allo at the Petersfield Festival Hall from 9th to 11th June. This is the stage version of the hilarious BBC TV series of the same name, set in France during the second world war. Click here to find out more about the show and buy your tickets.

2015 John Westbrook Award

As Hilary Westbrook, John's widow, could not attend any of the Acorn Antiques performances due to prior commitments, she delegated the nomination of the John Westbrook Award for 2015 to Val Sykes. Val chose to award the trophy to Mandy Clowes, saying: 'When there are not so many people on stage, each member of the supporting cast is clearly visible and it is extra important to give it everything. Mandy was always fully involved om each scene she was in, acting and reacting to others very well. I loved the three backing "beehive" singers number and she was clearly really enjoying it,'

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Fiddler on the Roof
20th-23rd June 2007Go to next showGo to show indexGo to previous show
Havant Arts Centre, Havant

Fiddler on the Roof 2007
Fiddler on the Roof 2007
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Fiddler on the Roof 2007
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Fiddler on the Roof 2007

Produced, Directed and Choreographed
Ian Clark

Musical Director
Dennis Mason

People of Anatevka

Tevye - Kerry Applin
Golde - Ann Dent-Smith
Tzeitel - Liz Bradbury
Hodel - Sarah Howe
Chava - Stephanie Clark
Shprintze - Nadege Lindsay
Bielke - Kristina Woodthorpe
Yente - Mandy Clowes
Motel - Ian Clark
Perchik - Mark Donalds
Lazar Wolf - Ray Bill
Mordcha - Richard Smith
Rabbi - Geoff Moore
Mendel - Andrew Smith
Avram - Nigel Cox
Nachum - Brian Youngman
Grandma Tzeitel - Kaye Lee-Wright
Fruma-Sarah - Nadine Darnley
Shandel - Shirley Howells
The Fiddler - Meryl Moore

Other Villagers

Patricia Cahill, Elaine Carter, Kym Chalker,
Christine Cox, Bronwyn Mason, Kathy Pinkstone,
Sam Spivey, Pat White


Fyedka - Steve Bradbury
Constable/Russian Singer - Peter Lindsay
Tony Lee-Wright, Nadine Darnley, Bronwyn Mason

About the show

When Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway in 1964, it was intended that Danny Kaye would take the lead role. In the even, Zero Mostel created the role on stage and Topol later starred in the film.

The title comes from one of Chagall's famous series of pictures with fiddlers, bridal couples, cows and more, flying over Russian villages - crazy and delightful (see below). The fiddler is a visual metaphor of survival through tradition and joyfulness.

The musical itself is based on the books of Sholem Aleichem, especially Tevye's Daughters. Tevye is a milkman with five daughters (who will all need husbands) living in a Russian village in 1905 where Jews and Russians co-exist uneasily. He is a warm and complex character, loving, humorous, devout but questioning, wanting to be rich but also to be a scholar, rooted in tradition but struggling to accept new ideas.

The play is very truthful to the book. Sholem Aleichem writes as though he and Tevye were old friends meeting up from time to time. Tevye talks to him, jokes with him, tells him his news and views on the life God has given him. Jewish readers of the original books would have found Tevye's mis-translations of the Bible from Hebrew into Yiddish vastly entertaining.

The music in the show is also true to the way of life Sholem Aleichem knew and wrote about. It is full of exuberance and also sadness, of deep religious feeling as well as some macabre "happenings". You leave the theatre humming the songs, but at a deeper level, you are also haunted by them.

Perhaps the great strength, and the great sadness, of Fiddler on the Roof is that although we are separated from the people of Anatevka by over a century and a thousand miles, their feelings are as recognisable to us today in a world where there is still hatred between people of different races and religions, but where courage, dignity and humour still shine through.

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Curtain Up! Productions is a Registered Charity - No. 1021763

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