When it came time for the theatre department at Peninsula High School to choose their annual spring musical, they knew they needed to go big. After all, last year’s production of Les Miserables sold out five of its six showings with more than 400 students, family, and community members in attendance each night.
What better production than the story of the poor milkman who finds his convictions tested by his five daughters in 1905 Czarist Russia?
“Fiddler on the Roof — the title speaks for itself,” said Kara Beloate, director of the Peninsula High School Theatre department’s spring musical. “All we had to do was say it out loud, and the response (from the department) was a thunderous ‘yes.’”
Despite being written more than 50 years ago, Beloate said the story written by Sholom Aleichem will resonate with audiences today just as much as it did when it was written.
“(It) connects to our world today with an aching humanity,” she said. “The eternal theme of forced emigration, of persecuted peoples being driven from their homelands in search of fundamental dignity and hope reminds us that regardless of our differences, we all laugh, we all cry, and we all love.”
Catch Fiddler on the Roof at the Milton S. Boyd Performing arts center beginning at 7 p.m. May 4, running each Thursday, Friday, and Saturday through May 13 with a special 3 p.m. showing on May 7. Tickets can be purchased online or at the door, admission is $10 for seniors, students, and military and $12 for everyone else.