J*Company bows to tradition in its ‘Fiddler on the Roof’
The J*Company Youth Theatre’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof,” will take the stage Oct. 16-24 at the David & Dorothea Garfield Theatre, on the campus of the Jewish Community Center in La Jolla.
With music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein, the production tells the story of Tevye, a poor dairyman in the village of Anatevka, who tries to instill in his seven daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. He must cope with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters and the edict of the Czar that evicts the Jews from their village.
The musical features the hits “Tradition,” “Miracle of Miracles,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” and “To Life!” The show is appropriate for all ages.
“This season J*Company presents the first ever Jewish-themed ‘Chai’ season and I hope all will come to support and be involved in the productions,” said Joey Landwehr, artistic director. “The only way to start a season, such as this, is with one of the most beautiful and iconic Jewish productions ever written.
The production stars Kevin McRee, 17, of University City High School as Tevye, the dairyman, and Lindsey Grant, 15, Canyon Crest Academy as Golde, his wife.
Other cast members include Ilanit Arakanchi, 11, San Diego Jewish Academy; Keila Ashkenasi, 14, La Jolla High School; Dan Benaroch, 11, Daniella Datnow, 10, Nicole Eichner, 11, Rebecca Datnow, 8, Tali Eichner, 8, Daniela Elias, 11, Osher Kochav Lev, 11, Gavriela Weitzman, 11, Micah Weitzman, 11, Chabad Hebrew Academy; Tal Dimenstein, 7, San Diego Hebrew; Klarissa Hollander, 12, Muirlands Middle School; Julian Kalb, 16, Torrey Pines High School; Ariela Kanarek, 11, San Diego Jewish Academy; Gabriella Leibowitz, 11, Aadi Miglani, 8, Francis Parker; Nathan Miller, 10, Torrey Pines Elementary; Adira Rosen, 11, Creative Performing Media Arts; Maxwell Starko-Jones, 9, McLain Simpson, 9, and Tyler Simpson, 7, La Jolla Elementary.
If you go …
What: “Fiddler on the Roof”
When: 8 p.m. Oct. 16 and 23; 1 and 4:30 p.m. Oct. 17 and 24; 7 p.m. Oct. 21
Where: Garfield Theatre at the Lawrence Family Jewish Community Center, 4126 Executive Drive, La Jolla
Contact: www.sdcjc.org/jcompany; (858) 362-1348.
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