Bronxville Middle School will present “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.,” a timeless musical that examines tradition, tolerance and faith, on April 29 and 30. Under the direction of theater director Pamela Simpson, who has been the high school musical and vocal director for the last 17 years, the production features more than 50 talented students who are part of the cast and crew.
“It has been such an absolute joy to work with these students,” Simpson said. “Their professionalism, dedication and hard work have been evident since our first interest meeting. They have all been so kind and supportive of one another and it’s beautiful to witness.”
“Fiddler on the Roof Jr.” tells the story of a poor dairyman who tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his close-knit community in the face of changing times and government persecution. Throughout the show, the audience will see the many facets of the family’s life – joy, love, sadness and betrayal.
“Traditions are repeated and also broken as the new generation finds their own way,” Simpson said. “It’s a wonderful musical for middle school students as they are also searching for the place where they fit in.”
Simpson chose “Fiddler on the Roof Jr.” in part because of the timely subject matter. “While the show is in no means political, we have talked about situations in the world where people are forced to leave their homelands,” she said. “We have tried to have an understanding of what it might be like to leave the people and places you love.”
Taking the helm as vocal director this year is former Bronxville graduate Hannah Geiling. Charlie Diserens, also a former Bronxville graduate, is the crew and technical director, while Jason Summers is returning for his second season as choreographer.
As part of the theater experience, Simpson said they’ve been holding workshops to teach students how technology plays a role in theater. The students have been empowered to use the new sound and lighting systems in the auditorium to bring a new level of professionalism and excellence to their work.
“The beauty of ‘Fiddler’ is its simplicity,” Simpson said. “There are no revolving stages or pyrotechnics. We follow the lives of the people in the village of Anatevka and, in the end, we hope our vision of the story leaves you holding those dear to you a little closer.”
Performances are Friday, April 29 and Saturday, April 30, at 7 p.m. Tickets may be purchased at the door or by clicking here.