Fiddler on the Roof – Press

Preview: New Earswick Musical Society present Fiddler On The Roof, Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York, November 6 to 10

Friday 2nd November 2007

Steve Tearle returns to the stage after a nine-year hiatus to lead the New Earswick Musical Society cast in Fiddler On The Roof at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York, from Tuesday to Saturday.

“Stevie is no novice when it comes to leading roles and has played Fagin, Patience and Cornillius in previous productions, but he has been absent from the theatre for nearly a decade and last appeared with New Earswick in Die Fledermaus, ” says publicity officer Alex Schofield.

“However, he loves being with our society for its traditional values, and as Tevye the dairyman is also a man who firmly believes in time-honoured traditions, acquiring a feel for the character should come easily to Steve.”

Meanwhile, Helen Thomson will make her first stage appearance since her schooldays 15 years ago, playing Tzeitel, the eldest of Tevye’s handful of daughters.

Helen has directed Twelfth Night, The Matchmaker and The Crucible for Ampleforth College Theatre. She is usually to be found in the orchestra pit in musical productions, playing the bassoon, but she was determined to be above stairs in Fiddler.

Produced by Ann McCreadie, with musical direction by Don Pears, this production will be the second time that New Earswick has performed the Joseph Stein and Jerry Brock musical set in a Jewish peasant community in prerevolutionary Russia in 1905.

The story centres on the struggles of old-fashioned Tevye, his wife Golde and their five daughters, as he strives to uphold age-old Jewish traditions and values while all around him the world is changing and Russia teeters on the edge of upheaval.

Jo Hartley, a society member since 2002, follows up her appearance as stern Widow Corney in Oliver! by playing Golde, the role that went to Beryl Long in New Earswick’s 1995 production.

This time Beryl has been cast as Yente, the matchmaker. “This show has wonderful music and a great storyline that is still relevant in today’s political climate, ” she says.

Alongside Helen Thomson’s Tzeitel, the other sisters will be played by society newcomer Natalie Kinrade as Hodel; real-life sisters Sarah and Emma Craggs, from the society’s junior section, as Chava and Shprintze; and Imogen Fuller, in her sixth New Earswick show, as Bielka.

Society stalwart Alan Rome will portray Lazar Wolf, having appeared as Mendel the Rabbi’s son 12 years ago; society regular Steve Padfield will shed 20 of his 40 years to play the 20-year-old Motel; and another regular, Paul Blenkiron, will be Perchik. Alex Phillips, who caught the eye in his society debut as the Artful Dodger in Oliver! , builds on that cheeky turn by playing Fyedka.

By Charles Hutchinson


 

Preview: New Earswick Musical Society present Fiddler On The Roof, Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York, November 6 to 10

Friday 2nd November 2007
Steve Tearle returns to the stage after a nine-year hiatus to lead the New Earswick Musical Society cast in Fiddler On The Roof at the Joseph Rowntree Theatre, York, from Tuesday to Saturday.

“Stevie is no novice when it comes to leading roles and has played Fagin, Patience and Cornillius in previous productions, but he has been absent from the theatre for nearly a decade and last appeared with New Earswick in Die Fledermaus, ” says publicity officer Alex Schofield.

“However, he loves being with our society for its traditional values, and as Tevye the dairyman is also a man who firmly believes in time-honoured traditions, acquiring a feel for the character should come easily to Steve.”

Meanwhile, Helen Thomson will make her first stage appearance since her schooldays 15 years ago, playing Tzeitel, the eldest of Tevye’s handful of daughters.

Helen has directed Twelfth Night, The Matchmaker and The Crucible for Ampleforth College Theatre. She is usually to be found in the orchestra pit in musical productions, playing the bassoon, but she was determined to be above stairs in Fiddler.

Produced by Ann McCreadie, with musical direction by Don Pears, this production will be the second time that New Earswick has performed the Joseph Stein and Jerry Brock musical set in a Jewish peasant community in prerevolutionary Russia in 1905.

The story centres on the struggles of old-fashioned Tevye, his wife Golde and their five daughters, as he strives to uphold age-old Jewish traditions and values while all around him the world is changing and Russia teeters on the edge of upheaval.

Jo Hartley, a society member since 2002, follows up her appearance as stern Widow Corney in Oliver! by playing Golde, the role that went to Beryl Long in New Earswick’s 1995 production.

This time Beryl has been cast as Yente, the matchmaker. “This show has wonderful music and a great storyline that is still relevant in today’s political climate, ” she says.

Alongside Helen Thomson’s Tzeitel, the other sisters will be played by society newcomer Natalie Kinrade as Hodel; real-life sisters Sarah and Emma Craggs, from the society’s junior section, as Chava and Shprintze; and Imogen Fuller, in her sixth New Earswick show, as Bielka.

Society stalwart Alan Rome will portray Lazar Wolf, having appeared as Mendel the Rabbi’s son 12 years ago; society regular Steve Padfield will shed 20 of his 40 years to play the 20-year-old Motel; and another regular, Paul Blenkiron, will be Perchik. Alex Phillips, who caught the eye in his society debut as the Artful Dodger in Oliver! , builds on that cheeky turn by playing Fyedka.
By Charles Hutchinson

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