Traditions Are Made To Be Broken In ‘Fiddler On The Roof’

The Sounds of South presents the classic Broadway musical that depicts life in a small Jewish shtetl.

Tevye

Photo: Sounds of South

Jonathan Enari as Tevye

Event Information

Fiddler on the Roof

by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick. Performed by Sounds of South, directed by Gwen Witten-Upchurch and Chris Miller.


Carmichael Hall of Bloomington High School South

October 23, 30 and November 6, 2010

Fiddler on the Roof is the Tony Award-winning musical based on the stories Sholom Aleichem wrote about life in a shtetl, a small Jewish community under often brutal czarist rule.

In this warm and humorous tale, Tevye, the poor milkman, and his wife Golde are following the age old tradition of hiring a matchmaker to find husbands their three daughters. The daughters, though, would prefer to create their own traditions.

Does Money Make The Man?

Levi Wesemann is a senior at Bloomington High School South and a veteran of the musical group Sounds of South. He plays the butcher, Lazar Wolf, who’s a suitor of Tevye and Golde’s daughter Tzeitel. Levi describes the situation in the drama:

“The matchmaker thinks that I’m a good catch for Teitzel, and her mother is impressed that I’m wealthy, but Tevye has reservations. He wishes I were a scholar, but he comes around. The only catch is that Tzeitel has ideas of her own. So my part is meaty, but it’s kind of a bummer.”

You Go Home With The Man You Danced With

Jordan Goodman is also a senior with lots of stage credits, which she began accruing even before she was at South. “My character is Hodel, one of the wild daughters. I shock the family and the whole town when I agree to dance with a man in public – with Perchik, the revolutionary student that Tevye brought into our home to tutor us. Hodel is an independently minded young woman, and I’m last seen getting onto a train to join him in exile in Siberia.”

George Walker

George Walker was born in Winchester, Virginia, and raised in Owl’s Head, Maine, and Valhalla, New York. After graduating from the University of Michigan, he came to Bloomington in 1966 and completed an M.A.T. degree in English at Indiana University. George began announcing for WFIU in 1967. Currently, along with regularly hosting classical music shows, he interviews artists in a wide variety of areas and reviews plays and operas. He’s the proud father of grown sons Ben Walker (and his wife Elise Katzif Walker) and Aaron Walker. In his time away from WFIU, George enjoys an active life with wife Carolyn Lipson-Walker, singing, reading, exercising and playing guitar.

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