Fiddler on the Roof
PRESENTED BY NAPIER OPERATIC SOCIETY UNDER DIRECT NEGOTIATION WITH MUSIC THEATRE INTERNATIONAL LTD., NEW YORK.
The Jews of Anatevka, a village in Tzarlst Russia, are peasants. Tevye, the dairyman, tells how their strength derives from age-old TRADITION.
At home, his wife, Golde, and five daughters prepare for the Sabbath. Yente, the matchmaker, tells Golde the butcher, Lazar, hopes to marry Tevye’s eldest daughter, Tzeitel. Golde is delighted but fears Tevye won’t approve. Tzeitel, in love with the tailor, Motel, can only guess what Yente proposes. With her sisters, Hodel and Chava, she sings MATCHMAKER, MATCH MAKER.
Meanwhile, Tevye, obliged to pull his cart because his horse is lame, sings IF I WERE A RICH MAN. He meets Perchik, a student, who agrees to teach Tevye’s daughters in exchange for food. He joins the family in the peace of SABBATH PRAYER.
Tevye joins Lazar at the inn and is persuaded to let Tzeitel marry Lazar. The men sing the toast: TO LIFE.
Tzeitel begs Tevye not to insist on the match. She and Motel confess to a secret betrothal. Tevye is shocked: the papa should choose his daughter’s husband. But impressed by Motel’s courage and the depth of Tzeitel’s feelings, gives his consent. Motel sings: MIRACLE OF MIRACLES.
Prompted by respect for Golde’s bitter tongue, Tevye chooses the middle of the night to tell her of the change. Pretending a nightmare, he tells how Frumasarah, Lazar’s first wife, and her own Grandma Tzeitel, long since dead, appeared in his sleep. Golde, reduced to terror, agrees Motel is the man for Tzeitel:THE DREAM.
At the height of the traditional wedding, SUNRISE SUNSET, Russian demonstrators smash the gifts.
Troubles spread. Perchik joins the fight against the Tzar, but first asks Hodel to marry him: NOW I HAVE EVERYTHING. Tevye, again unable to resist a daughter, gives his blessing. Timidly he breaks the news to Golde: DO YOU LOVE ME?
The village hears Perchik has been arrested and sent to Siberia. Hodel joins him there: FAR FROM THE HOME I LOVE.
The Tzar decrees all Jews must leave Anatevka in three days. Even Tevye, whose third daughter Chava, married a Russian, cannot be spared. The villagers mourn for the sorry place which has been their home: ANATEVKA. They leave to start new lives in Poland, the Holy Land, America…
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