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Footlight Players to stage ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

'Fiddler Roof' which was written by Joseph Stewith music by Jerry Bock lyrics by SheldHarnick will be staged from June

"Fiddler on the Roof," which was written by Joseph Stein with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, will be staged from June 7-23 by the Footlight Players, of Michigan City. | File photo

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Updated: July 8, 2013 6:09AM



The Footlight Players, of Michigan City, will open “Fiddler on the Roof” on June 7 and continue with shows through June 23.

The classic Broadway musical is set in the little village of Anatevka, where a poor dairyman tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of czarist Russia.

Written by Joseph Stein with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, “Fiddler on the Roof” is based a “Tevye and his Daughters” by Sholem Aleichem.

Filled with rich historical and ethnic detail, “Fiddler on the Roof” has touched audiences with its humor, warmth and honesty and has become a part of the cultural fabric.

The universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion.

“Fiddler on the Roof” features many memorable songs including “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Matchmaker, Matchmaker.”

Directed by Robert W. Komendera, the cast includes Sharon Angelina, Shelby Attar, Rachel Best, Laurel Blankenship, Howard Brenneman, Paloma Calvin, Kristen Campbell and Noel Carlson.

Emil Cripe, Deb Dashiell, Emmy Dashiell, Jordan Dashiell, Lilly Dashiell, Molly Dashiell, Alice Dickey, Alicia Ebaugh, Emmanouel Fokianos, Andrew Gordon, Conor Gordon and Roger Hughes are also in the cast.

Others in the cast include Eva Huss, Michaela Kisner, Pat Kunze, Larry Langley, Merle Miller, Amanda Monson, Dan Moser, Ethan Moser, Lexi Moser, Wes Moser, Susan Quiriconi and Alyssa Rosslli.

Kevin Sherman, Cheyenne Sims, Amanda Sixbury, Matt Stafankiewwicz, Rachel Steigley, Michael Thomas, Annabell Turner, Jan Weinig, Mary Whybrew, and Christine Wiegand are also in the cast.

The Footlight Theatre is at 1705 Franklin St., Michigan City. Call (219) 874-4035 for reservations. Information: footlightplayers.org.

Blues man comes to town

The Chicago Street Theatre in Valparaiso will present a special performance by blues musician Anthony Gomes at 7 p.m. June 9.

Gomes, a Canadian native who now resides near St. Louis, is one of the most popular artists in the contemporary blues world.

“Anthony has a firm grasp on the roots of the blues,” series promoter Paul Braun said. “But he definitely adds his own sound, and that sound is what connects so thoroughly with his audience.

“This is a rare chance to see one of the finest blues players alive in a comfortable, intimate setting where Anthony gets to make a connection with the audience.

“Come to this show, you will come away a changed person. His music is that powerful.”

Local artist Jef Sarver will open for Gomes.

More information is at anthonygomes.com.

The Chicago Street Theatre is at 154 W. Chicago St., Valparaiso. Information: chicagostreet.org or (219) 464-1636, Ext. 1.

‘Pursued By Happiness’

The Towle Theater in Hammond has announced local auditions for the upcoming production of the dark comedy “Pursued By Happiness” at 7 p.m. July 14 and July 15 at 5205 Hohman Ave.

Running from Sept. 6-22, “Pursued By Happiness” follows the unexpected meeting of two 40-something biochemists that begins a whirlwind romance.

But when it’s time to meet the parents, a series of shocking revelations test the couple’s new relationship.

Information (219) 937-8780 or towletheater.org.

Bob Craig is a freelancer writer.



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