Inside Castleton’s Casella Theater, the lights dimmed and the audience was transported to a small Russian village of Anatevka. The year is 1905.In this village lives a man named Tevye, a man with a wife and five daughters.
The musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” presented by the college this past weekend, follows Tevye’s family as his daughters grow.
Not grow in the sense of getting older, but as they grow in knowing their own minds, and knowing which paths they need to take in life.
Tevye’s main problem is that he has to struggle between tradition and the changing times that his daughters are becoming part of.
His other problem is that his horse’s foot always hurts so he has to pull the cart himself.
Senior Rebecca Facteau summed up the audience’s general opinion of the play.
“It was amazing and very well put together,” Facteau said.
The performance was well-rehearsed. The scenery, while not quite simple, was not overly dramatic. It was just right for the type of performance.
The actors’ energy was catching, and the audience found themselves on the edge of their seats, wrapped up in Tevye’s and Anatevka’s problems.
The only complaint about the performance that comes to mind is that sometimes the music was slightly louder than the words of the song that was being sung.
There is no complaint with the actual voices of the actors, many of which may go on to have successful careers.
Castleton President David Wolk was very pleased by the performance.
“It was a fantastic performancem” Wolk said. “Professor McEnerny always directs high-quality performances.”
“This is one of the best ever, he said. “I’m very proud of the cast and crew.”
And it is a rather large cast. Tevye, and his wife and children. Yente the matchmaker. The Rabbi, and the rest of the villagers.
But perhaps most important of all is the character that doesn’t appear quite as often as the others – the fiddler himself.
And yet the fiddler’s opening lines served as a dose of philosophy to the eager audience.
“Every one of us is a fiddler on the roof,” he said. “Trying to scratch out a pleasant, simple tune without breaking his neck.