On Father’s Day, a look at Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre’s production of FIDDLER ON THE ROOF

AST FiddlerFiddler on the Roof is about a father to five daughters. Since today is Father’s Day, and Fiddler is being produced by Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre this summer, today seems a good day to discuss it.

This classic beloved musical tells the story of Tevye the dairyman who takes ultimate joy in his family and traditions. He works to raise his five daughters and see them married well, but must struggle against modern ideas and the rising tide of anti-Semitism in 1900s Russia that threaten to destroy his family and their way of life.

The cast is led by Peter Kevoian, Jo Blackstone, Stacy Pendergraft, Mark Fox, Jocelyn Vammer, Hunter Ringsmith, Hannah Moulder, Garret Whitehead, Sydney Ippolito, Matthew Holcomb, Mattie Bogoslavsky, David Bauman, Holly Ruth Gale, Dan Matisa, Jess Prichard, Ricky Pope, David Weatherly, Josie Ghormley, Claire Gillaspy, Tanner Berry, Charlie Friedman, Taylor Galloway, Garrett Houston, Moriah Patterson, Harrison Trigg, Jackson Karl, Rebecca Kuo, Amanda Kuo, Zoe Russell, Kendall Watson, Joey Whisenhunt and Maggie Whisenhunt.

Originally produced in 1964, Fiddler went on to win nine Tony Awards in 1965 including Best Musical.  

The production opened on June 10 and continues today at 2pm and 7:30, Wednesday at 2pm and 7:30 and Saturday at 7:30.

SPRING AWAKENING at Weekend Theater

Spring Awakening, which won 8 Tony Awards on Broadway, is the next production of the Weekend Theater.  It opens this weekend and runs through July 1.  Steven Sater and Duncan Sheik adapted Frank Wedekind’s 1891 play about the trials, tears, and exhilaration of the teen years. The three central teens are Wendla, the naïve, newly pubescent one, who is struggling with feelings that are foreign to her; Melchior, the intellectual, knows exactly what his feelings are, but is struggling with the unfair amount of power adults possess; and Moritz, the disempowered, is basically struggling with everything and doesn’t know how to relieve the pressure surrounding him.

The cast features Jessica Smith, Garrett Houston, Will Nicholson, Hannah Blackburn-Parish, Justin Holzknecht, Garrett Whitehead, Jhonika Wright, Sarah Richardson, Noah Whitney, Nick Abel, Emily McDow, Lana Hallmark and Tony Spicer.  The production is directed by Ralph Hyman with music direction by Lori Isner.

The performances are at 7:30pm on Friday and Saturday evenings and at 2:30 on Sunday afternoons.