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Video: Musical production of 'Fiddler on the Roof' opens at the Barn tonight

Caleb Erickson is the “Fiddler on the Roof” in The Barn Theatre’s production of the musical opening tonight in downtown Willmar. Tribune photo by Rand Middleton2 / 5
Hodel (Molly Tengwall) and Chava (Sydney Lanning) ask the Matchmaker: “For Papa, make him a scholar; for Mama, make him rich as a king; for me, well I wouldn’t holler, if he were more handsome than anything.” Tribune photo by Rand Middleton3 / 5
Dennis Benson directs the orchestra for “Fiddler on the Roof.” Tribune photo by Rand Middleton4 / 5
Torry Norling as Tevye sings: “And because of our traditions everyone knows who he is and what God expects him to do,” in the opening number of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Tribune photo by Rand Middleton5 / 5

The Barn Theatre presents the musical “Fiddler on the Roof” at 7:30 p.m. today through Tuesday, and June 18-21; performances are at 7:30 p.m. daily, except Sundays which are matinee performances at 1 p.m.

Tickets are $20 adults, $10 ages 18 and younger.

The musical is directed by Liz Wheeler.

It’s pre-revolutionary Russia in the largely Jewish community of Anatevka, Ukraine, whose residents are ruled by community and cultural traditions.

For the milkman Tevye, played by Torry Norling, and his wife, Golde, played by Leslie Lykins, those traditions include getting the town matchmaker, Yente, (Kellie Wright) to find their daughters suitable wealthy husbands. That is especially important since the girls will have no dowries.

Tzeitel (Jessica Bays), not yet 20, doesn’t like that Yente only chooses old men; she is in love with the poor tailor, Motel (Nate Lundstrom). Motel doesn’t believe Tevye would approve of a union between him and Tzeitel because of Motel’s poor socioeconomic state, and without someone arranging the union.

Hodel (Molly Tengwall) understands these traditions better than her elder sister. Hodel has her sights on the rabbi’s son, because of what he is, not because of who he is. But she changes her mind and decides to marry Perchik (Michael Cola), a student espousing Marxist ideals, recently arrived from Kiev. When Perchik is arrested by the Czar troops and sent to Siberia, Hodel decides to leave her family and homeland and travel to Siberia to be with her beloved Perchik.

Chava (Sydney Lanning) accepts her fate, marriage still being years away, but she hopes for someone she will love while she now focuses on her love of books. Later she decides to get married with the Christian Fyedka (Zach Swigerd) and Tevye does not accept and considers that Chava has died.

Other members of the cast include Rachel Lanning, Hannah Morrison, Cherry Olsen, Dale Bays, David Lanning, Joe Schnell, Ben Watson, Dean Madsen, Thomas Rosengren, Cathy Bays, Ashleigh Gulden, Dan Schell, Bill Wright, Mitch Schueler, Caleb Erickson and Lee Watson.

Additional chorus members include Brianna Dyson, Erik Kallio, Hannah Kallio, Margaret Lanning, Jacob Meyer, Megan Morrison, Gretchen Otness, Brent Peterson, Abram Schueler and Aubrey Schueler.

Aane Twedt is the technical director. Choreography is by Colleen Christianson and vocal direction by Tambrance Huisinga.

Costumes are by Shannon Eckhoff; Kirstyn Harasyn is in charge of props.

Becky Sorenson is the stage manager with Louanne Villnow as the assistant stage manager.

Carol Olson is the lighting assistant and makeup is by Trevor Eckhoff.

Dennis Benson is directing the pit orchestra which consists of Marcia Overton, Viv Watson, Judy Treptau, Celine Hern, Melissa Carlson, Michelle Suter, Hannah Martin, Danielle Elker, Madeline Sheard, Danielle Smith, Vic Treptau, Zack Treptau, Mark Nelson, Suzanne Karnowski, Jacklyn Skluzucek and Jay Skrukrud.

For ticket information contact The Barn box office at 320-235-9500 or visit the box office at 321 Fourth St. S.W. in downtown Willmar.

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