PHOTO CALL: Fiddler on the Roof, Staged in the Round, Opens at Arena Stage

News   PHOTO CALL: Fiddler on the Roof, Staged in the Round, Opens at Arena Stage
The classic musical Fiddler on the Roof, presented in an in-the-round staging by Arena Stage, officially opened Nov. 12 following preview performances that began Oct. 31.

The cast features Ann Arvia (Mary Poppins, Les Miserables) as Golde and Tony Award nominee Jonathan Hadary (Golden Boy, Spamalot) as Tevye. Their five daughters are played by Dorea Schmidt (The Love of the Nightingale) as Tzeitel, Hannah Corneau (Harmony) as Hodel, Maria Rizzo (Gypsy) as Chava, Shayna Blass (Yentl) as Shprintze and Maya Brettell (Beaches) as Bielke. Portraying the suitors of the eldest daughters are Joshua Morgan (The Piano Teacher) as Motel, the tailor; Michael Vitaly Sazonov (The Light in the Piazza) as Perchik, the scholar; and Kurt Boehm (My Fair Lady) as Fyedka, the Russian soldier. The company also features Erick Devine (Ragtime) as Lazar Wolf and Valerie Leonard (Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner) as Yente/Grandma Tzeitel.

The company also includes Alex Alferov as the Fiddler, Scott Harrison as Mendel, Joe Mallon as Nachum, Jimmy Mavrikes as Yussel, Tracy Lynn Olivera as Fruma-Sarah, Joe Peck as Rabbi, Barbara Pinolini as Shandel, Kyle Schliefer as Sasha, Thomas Adrian Simpson as Mordcha, Chris Sizemore as Constable, Jamie Smithson as Avram and ensemble members Trevor Illingworth, Rob Montgomery, Farrell Parker and Curtis Schroeger with swings Eric Greengold and Jesse Palmer.

Here's how Arena Stage bills the production: "The theatrical masterpiece, which garnered nine Tony Awards for its 1964 debut, weaves together a portrait of family, community and life’s unexpected miracles, large and small, and showcases a jubilant and beloved score, including 'If I Were a Rich Man,' 'Sunrise, Sunset,' 'Matchmaker, Matchmaker' and 'Tradition.'"

Take a look at opening night:

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