Students, teachers to perform ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

Lakeside High School students and teachers soon will join forces to perform the musical “Fiddler on the Roof,” opening March 23, 24 and 25 at Lakeside Rotary Performing Arts Center in Lake Elsinore.

A family favorite since 1964, the Tony Award-winning “Fiddler on the Roof” highlights the value of tradition, the inevitability of change, the power of love, and the strength of the human spirit.

Since last November, director Scott Karlan has been rehearsing with over 30 students from Lakeside High School and Terra Cotta Middle School as well as seven LHS teachers.

Based on the stories of Sholem Aleichem, “Fiddler on the Roof” features the bigger-than-life Tevye, a poor dairyman and loving father of five daughters on the threshold of adulthood, which challenges their father’s staunch commitment to his Jewish faith.

Currently in his 24th year of teaching high school theatre, Karlan and his festival award-winning  “Outside the Box Players” usually stage a musical every other spring.

“Our teachers and students love this musical,” said Karlan. “And I think the time is right for this particular story. Its universal themes mean more than ever right now.”

The cast includes: Tevye, Rich Smith; Golde, Jolie Andersen; Lazar Wolf, Dave Vanbreemen; Tzeitel, Julie Cuevas; Hodel, Gina Martin; Chava, Madison Lacey; Schprintze, Olivia Stanley; Bielke, Natalie Phan; Yente, Claire Schmittle/Jasmine Voytek; Perchik, Timothy Fortin; Motel, Uriel Zamorano; Mordcha, Greg Prado; Avrahm, Cole Whited; Mendel, Joseph Losoya; and Rabbi as Chase Traub.

Also: Fruma-Sarah, Valerie Geason; Granma Tzeitel, Brianna Briones/Abby Penuelas; Fyedka, Joshua Daily; Constable, Andrew Lindquist; Shandel, Jean Schoonover; Sasha, Gustavo Alvarado; Nachum, Timothy Fortin; The Fiddler, Rain Reaza; Villagers, Vanessa Enriquez, Alondra Gomez, Isabella Sotelo, Gracee Garcia, Perla Alcaraz, Jaymi Cox, Abby Ruckdeschel, Brooke Summerton, Amy Cecilio, Mercedes Bryant, Ginger Bryant, Donald Santucci, Victoria Rosa and Haley Earl.

“Fiddler on the Roof” will be presented Thursday, March 23, 5:30 p.m.; Friday, March 24, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 25, 1 p.m.; and Saturday, March 25, 7:30 p.m. at the Lakeside Rotary Performing Arts Center

32593 Riverside Drive, Lake Elsinore.

Pre-sale tickets (now until March 22) are $10 for students w/ASB and Senior Citizens; $11 general admission; $12 at the door (March 23, 24, 25).

For information or to order tickets call (951) 496-6610.

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