In the Community: ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ on Aug. 5 and 6

The Summer Youth Musical Theater Workshop, sponsored by SUNY Broome and the Binghamton City School District, will present Fiddler on the Roof on Saturday, Aug. 5, and Sunday, Aug. 6, at Binghamton High School’s Helen Foley Theater. There will be two performances each day at 2 and 7:30 p.m.
The Summer Youth Musical Theater Workshop is a three-week program for youth (ages 12 to 18) that is now in its 20th year. It offers an enriching experience for middle and high school youth by providing opportunities for artistic growth, self-expression, education, the development of teamwork and the involvement in all aspects of a musical theater production. It culminates in four high-quality public performances with orchestra. The workshop staff include Program Director Elaine Laramee, Musical Director Brenda Dawe, Director James Lortz and Conductor Todd Robinson.
Fiddler on the Roof is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Joseph Stein. It opened on Broadway in 1964 and was the first musical to surpass 3,000 performances. There have been five Broadway revivals and a 1971 film adaptation. The show is set in Imperial Russia in 1905. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters. He struggles to keep his cultural traditions while his three older daughters’ choice of a husband moves further away from the customs of his faith and the Tsar evicts all the Jews from their village. While written over sixty years ago about Russia at the beginning of the 20th Century, the show is surprisingly current in every way.
Tickets can be reserved by calling 607-358-5350 or emailing symtw@gmail.com. Adults are $15 and Students/Seniors are $12. Cash or Check only.