MIDDLETOWN — The award-winning Acting Out Playhouse, in conjunction with SummerStar Theatre, will present the beloved theatrical masterpiece, Fiddler on the Roof, with six performances planned for Feb. 18, 19, 20, 25 and 26, at the Orange Hall Theatre on the Middletown campus of SUNY Orange.
Created by Broadway legends Jerome Robbins, Harold Prince, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick, and Joseph Stein, Fiddler on the Roof tackles the universal theme of tradition in ways that reach across barriers of race, class, nationality, and religion. Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman who tries to protect his daughters and his way of life from a changing world. Featuring the Broadway classics “To Life (L’Chaim!),” “If I Were A Rich Man,” “Sunrise Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “Tradition,” Fiddler On the Roof is an uplifting celebration that raises its cup to joy! To love! To life!
The production is directed and choreographed by Terry Odell, with musical direction by Dominick Pascullo, costuming by Yvonne Bel-Blatt, set design by Anna Thomas and lighting design by Darryl Hey.
Acting Out Playhouse players will perform three different productions:
The first and youngest groups of Acting Out Playhouse players - grades kindergarten through 5 - will perform Fiddler on the Roof Jr. on Saturday, Feb. 18, at 2 p.m., and Sunday, Feb. 19, at 7:30 p.m.
The second group - grades 6 through 8 - will perform Saturday, Feb. 18, at 7:30 p.m. and Monday, Feb. 20, at 7 p.m.
The High School Camp will perform the full production of Fiddler on the Roof on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 7 p.m., and a Sunday matinee performance held at 3 p.m. on Feb. 26.
With a cast of 65 young performers from around the Orange County area, all groups have exquisite vocals, spirited dance, and all around superb performances.
With more than 30 years of experience as a director, dance instructor, performer and vocalist, Terry Odell has combined her special and elementary education experiences with the performing arts to form The Acting Out Playhouse. The Playhouse is now an important learning and social community for many Orange County students. The Playhouse fosters the belief that “life skills” are learned and academic skills are reinforced while learning “theatre skills.”
Odell states, “We work from the inside out," said Odell. "Our students learn empathy, humility, and social awareness. We don’t stroke egos, we build confidence!”