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Fiddler On The Roof

book by Joseph Stein
music by Jerry Bock
lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
based on Sholom Aleichem's stories by special permission of Arnold Perl

October 1, 2, 8, 9, 1999

Wauwatosa West High School

During the Prologue, Tevye explains the role of God's law in providing balance in the villagers' lives. He describes the inner circle of the community and the larger circle which includes the constable, the priest, and countless other authority figures. He explains, "We don't bother them and so far, they don't bother us." He ends by insisting that without their traditions, he and the other villagers would find their lives "as shaky as a fiddler on the roof."


Three of Tevye's daughters, Tzeitel, Hodel, and Chava, wonder if the matchmaker will ever find them the men of their dreams. The matchmaker, Yente, tells Golde that she has selected the butcher Lazar Wolfe as a match for Tzeitel.


 A group of villagers, including an outsider, Perchik, approach Tevye with news of a violent pogrom in a nearby village. Tevye invites Perchik, a young revolutionary student, to come to his home for Sabbath dinner and arranges for him to instruct his daughters.


Motel, the tailor attempts to ask Tevye for Tzeitel's hand, but gets tongue-tied. The family and their guests welcome the Sabbath.  Tevye goes to meet Lazar Wolfe, the butcher, and agrees to the match with Tzeitel. A boisterous celebration ensues involving the villagers and the Russians who also congregate in the tavern.


As Tevye staggers home, he meets the Constable, who warns him that a demonstration is going to be planned against the Jews of Anatevka. In his inebriation, Tevye conjures The Fiddler, who plays his violin as Tevye dances his way home.  Tevye appears and tells Tzeitel about her engagement to Lazar Wolfe. Golde rejoices, but after she leaves, Motel tells Tevye that he and Tzeitel gave each other a pledge to marry. After a struggle with himself, Tevye agrees to their marriage. He leaves and Motel and Tzeitel rejoice.


Tevye decides to manufacture a wild nightmare to convince Golde that the match with Lazar will result in Tzeitel's death at the hands of the butcher's first wife, Fruma-Sarah. Golde is so horrified that she insists on a marriage between Tzeitel and Motel.


The villagers are gossiping in the street about the mix-up in Tzeitel's wedding plans. As Chava enters Motel's tailor shop, a group of Russians on the street taunt her. Fyedka, a Russian youth, insists that they stop. After they leave, Fyedka follows Chava into the shop. He tries to speak with her, but leaves quickly when Motel enters.


The musicians lead us to the wedding. The company sings as the traditional Jewish ceremony takes place. To the villagers' dismay, Perchik asks Hodel to dance with him and she accepts, performing the forbidden act of dancing with a man. Everyone else follows suit. As the dance reaches a wild high point, the Constable and his men enter. They destroy everything in sight. Perchik grapples with a Russian and is hit with a club. The constable bows to Tevye and says " I am genuinely sorry. You understand?" Tevye replies with mock courtesy, "Of course." The family begins to clean up after the destruction.


Tevye chats with God about recent events. Perchik tells Hodel that he is leaving to work for justice in Kiev. He proposes to her and she accepts. He promises to send for her as soon as he can. Tevye approves in spite of his misgivings. After they leave, he asks Golde if she thinks their own arranged marriage has somehow also turned into a romance.


On a village street, Yente tells Tzeitel she has seen Chava with Fyedka. The news Yente has gleaned from a letter from Perchik becomes gossip for the villagers, who turn it into a song that totally distorts the truth.


Tevye takes Hodel to the railroad station. She is going to Siberia where Perchik has been sent after his arrest.  The villagers are once again gossiping about a new arrival at Motel and Tzeitel's.  At Motel's shop, we learn that the new arrival is a sewing machine. Fyedka and Chava speak outside the shop. She promises to speak to Tevye about their love for each other. Tevye appears and Chava tries to talk to him about Fyedka. Tevye refuses to listen to her and forbids her to ever to speak to him about Fyedka again.


Tevye returns home to learn from Golde that Chava and Fydeka have been married by the priest. Tevye says that Chava is dead to them. When Chava appears to ask his acceptance, he cannot allow himself to answer her plea.  Yente is trying to fix up Tevye's remaining daughters with two boys as future husbands.


The Constable brings the news that everyone in the town has to sell their houses and household goods and leave Anatevka in three days. As the villagers think of their future, they sing fondly of the village they are leaving.  The family is packing the wagon to leave. Tzeitel and Motel are staying in Warsaw until they have enough money to go to America. Hodel and Perchik are still in Siberia. Chava appears with Fyedka. Tevye refuses to acknowledge her. Chava explains that they are also leaving because they cannot stay among people who can do such things to others. They are going to Cracow. Tzeitel says goodbye to them and Tevye prompts Tzeitel to add, "God be with you!" Chava promises Golde she will write to her in America. Chava and Fyedka leave. Final goodbyes are said and Tevye begins pulling the wagon. Other villagers join the circle, including The Fiddler. Tevye beckons to the The Fiddler to follow him. The Fiddler tucks his fiddle under his arm and follows the group as the curtain falls


Show Program










Production Staff


Brian Dettmering


Gene Guenther

Stage Manager

Mary Jo Gee

Stacy Wirkkula

Musical Director

Donna Kummer

Technical Direcotr

David Gee

Set Designer

Charlie Fries

Costume Designer

Kathy Smith


Pam Ebeling

John Pook

Assistant Director

Dianna Demond



Marge Federspiel

Lighting Crew

Bob Kafka

Jennifer Schultz

Sound Crew

Mark Steimle

Set Construction

Karl Dettmering


Tamara Stajmiger

Michele Tege

Graphic Designer

Sharon Amelunk


Susie Feldner


Brian Detmerring




Doug Brinker



Gladys Chmiel



Jovon Serrano



Michaela Chaconas



Jennifer Janezic



Katie Postonik



Char Stroschein


Baby Motel

Dante Serrano



Brian Detmerring



Cari Cody



Katie Karas



Jackie Stratton



Benjamin Karas



Mark Drzwiecki



Sarah Schneider



Jessica Taige



Jewelie Schakelford


Rebbeca Logan Adams  
Yitzuk Sean James  
Avrahm Rick Anderson  
Ruth Barbara Lynch  
Naomie Casy Lukacek  
Anya Allison Anderson  
The Rabbi Herb Hucke  
Yente Margie Kaczmarek  
Pershick Steve Strobel  
Grandma Tzeitel Marily Daleiden  
Motel Glen Villa  
Shandel Judie Burrows  
Isaac Michael Mattson  
Nachum Tom Welcenbach  
Fradel Beth Burrows  
Berille Jeni Weis  

Rachael Lynde

Jeni Weis



Lindsay Reinders



Reid Quade



Charlie Fries



Michelle Aembruski



Michelle Reinders



Ashlyn Eggebrecht



Benjamin Eggebrecht



Vill Schweitzer



Mary Postonik



Jacque Nodell



Andrea Piotowski



Jason Brinker



Robert Postonik



Jeremy Brinker



Peter Kowalski


Lazar Wolf

Gerry Fischer



Mary Postonik


The Fiddler

Erico Ortiz


The Constable

John Janezic


The Priest

Lloyd Dreger



Derek Jacobs



Jason Brinker



Jeremy Brinker

Jim Gustufson

Sean James

John Pook



Jeremy Brinker

Pam Ebeling

John Janezic

Barbara Lynch

Erico Ortiz

Julie Schakelford

Bill Schweitzer

Kathy Smith

Jessica Taige





Jacob Sudbrind

David Kotlewski

Jeff  Roy


Sue Burton

Karin Steinke

String Bass

Tim Dondlinger

Brian Russell


Lori Ludwig


Lori Ludwig


Charlie Marsh

English Horn

Charlie Marsh


Charlie Marsh


Jeff Genovese

Lynn Crowell

Karen Hegmann



Jo Ann Joyce

Robert Joyce

James Vander Meer


Jean Staral


Judy Vander Meer


Jay Kummer


Jay Kummer


Jo Ann Jusslein


Barb Basaj

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