West Albany High School will open its biggest show ever today with “Fiddler on the Roof.”
In the little village of Anatevka, Tevye, 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.
“This is, by far, the hardest show we have ever done,” said Rosie Peterson, a senior, who plays Hodel.
The show features many more students than past productions: 48 in the cast, more than 20 on the crew and 24 in the orchestra pit.
And this is the first time West has had four directors: Cate Caffarella, stage director; Jason Caffarella, vocal director; Stuart Welsh, pit director; and Kelli Stahr, choreographer.
Cate Caffarella, the choir director at WAHS, said the rehearsals have been going well.
“All of the directors have worked well together and have been really easy going with changes,” Caffarella said. “The kids have been really easy going too.”
Departments outside fine arts are involved in the show, too.
The jewelry class made rings for the show, and the wood shop teacher, Jeff Hawkins, made a revolving stage.
“This is the most involved and largest constructive set we have ever done,” Welsh said. “We had some professional help too.”
Hawkins, through his Hawkins Custom Cabinets in Shedd, also made and donated an 18-foot turntable for the stage that West Albany will be able to use for shows to come.
The students enjoy the challenge of the large show and the relationships they are building with one another.
“This is a great way to finish off high school for us seniors,” said TJ Hagey, who plays Lazar Wolf.
Added junior David Allen, who plays Motel: “The relationships we for here will last and they are unmatched anywhere else.”
If you go
What: “Fiddler on the Roof.”
When: 7 p.m. April 29-30 and May 6-7 and 13; and 1 p.m. May 14.
Where: West Albany High School, 1130 Queen Ave. S.W.
Cost: $10 at the WAHS main office or at the door.