Fiddler On The Roof
[Fiddler On The Roof] January 11 - February 16

Based on Sholem Aleichem stories by special permission of Arnold Perl.

Book by Joseph Stein, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Produced on the New York Stage by Harold Prince

Original New York Stage Production Directed and Choreographed by Jerome Robbins

Perhaps the world's most beloved musical, Fiddler On The Roof returns to the Magic Circle Rep. for the first time in six years. The authors have taken a traditional story of a poor milkman and his family in a tiny village in Russia and infused it with sparkling music, humor, tragedy and hope. Fiddler On The Roof is perhaps the perfect show for our times. The citizens of Anetevka endure terrorism, but are able to deal with it through a strong faith, a reliance on traditions and an emphasis on family values.

Director Rosemarie Gerould has once again assembled a stellar cast from the nearly 100 actors who auditioned for this show. Heading the company once again is [Stephen L. Kolb] Stephen L. Kolb, a member of Actors Equity Association and AFTRA, in the role of Tevye the milkman. Steve received our Birdsall award for best performance by an actor the last time he performed with us. Steve has appeared in many television commercials and several films, but most of his work has been on the stage. He has performed; in the Sacramento Light Opera Association, Broadway Series, in two productions at Sacramento's Music Circus and in four productions with the Sacramento Theatre Company. In addition to his professional work, Steve has appeared at Garbeau's Dinner Theatre, the Sacramento City Actors Theatre and Davis Musical Theatre Company.

[Janette Kragen] Joining Steve in the role of Golde, Tevye's wife is another Birdsall award winner, Janette Kragen. Janette received her Birdsall as best leading actress in a non-musical for her work in Murder At The Howard Johnson's. Her other appearances here have included Out of Sight... Out of Murder, On Golden Pond, Arsenic And Old Lace, Tribute, Fools Paradise, and our first version of Murder At The Howard Johnson's, for which she received a Birdsall award nomination. Janette has performed professionally in European repertory theatre productions of Under Milkwood, Our Town and The Wild Duck, as well as in European opera productions of Carmen, Hansel And Gretel and The Magic Flute.

Tevye's three oldest daughters are played by a trio of Magic Circle Rep. Workshop performers, Keri Newton, Katherine Coppola and Kristen Heitman. [Keri Newton] Keri, who plays Tevye's oldest daughter, Tzietel, last appeared on our stage in Catch Me If You Can. She received a Birdsall award as best supporting actress in a musical for her role as Ermengarde in Hello Dolly. Her other main stage appearances have included, Camelot, But Why Bump Off Barnaby? and Moon Over Buffalo. In our Master Youth workshop she has appeared in, Grease, Anything Goes, 42nd Street, Bye Bye Birdie, Hello Dolly, Li'l Abner, Oliver, West Side Story and Peter Pan. She has also been a featured performer in our Holiday shows and in the annual Birdsall Award show and has also appeared in our Children's Theatre productions. For the two years Keri received the Best Supporting Actress award in our high school drama competition for her work in Little Women, and Every Seventeen Minutes The Crowd Goes Crazy.

[Katherine Coppola] Hodel, the second oldest daughter, is played by Katherine Coppola. Katherine first appeared with the Magic Circle Rep. in our youth Master workshop production of The Music Man playing Marion. She also played the lead role of Rosie in our last Master workshop production, Bye Bye Birdie. Katherine is a member of the Funtime Company which performs for children on Saturday afternoons. Her first mainstage production was My Fair Lady. Katherine has also appeared in productions of Annie, Cinderella, and The Wizard of Oz.

[Kristen Heitman] Birdsall award winner Kristen Heitman plays the next oldest daughter, Chava. Kristen won her Birdsall for best supporting actress in a musical for her portrayal of Little Red Riding Hood in Into The Woods. Kristen's other main stage appearances have been in, Camelot, Quilters and But Why Bump Off Barnaby?. She has also appeared in Magic Circle Rep. Youth Master Workshop productions of Grease, Oliver, 42nd Street, West Side Story, and Anything Goes. Kristen can be heard daily on Radio Disney as "Twistin' Kristen the weather girl".

The love interests for these girls are played by Jeremiah Lowder, Chris Plank and David Holmes. [Jeremiah Lowder] Jeremiah's first production with the Magic Circle Rep. was in the role of Sasha in our first Fiddler On The Roof. Since then he has appeared in, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Camelot, and Into The Woods. Jeremiah has also appeared with our Children's Repertory Theatre Company and as a guest artist with our Youth Musical Theatre program. He has been very active in Sacramento area theatre appearing in productions of, Grease, Pippin, Blood Brothers, West Side Story, and You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown. Jeremiah plays Motel the tailor.

Chris Plank, who plays the revolutionary student, Perchik, is making his first appearance with the Magic Circle Rep. Chris' extensive experience includes roles in Anything Goes, Company, Grease, The Music Man, You Can't Take It With You and City Of Angels.

[David Holmes] David Holmes made is first appearance at the Magic Circle Rep. in The Music Man. His other shows with us have included, West Side Story, Into The Woods, and South Pacific. Around the area he has appeared in productions of Grease, Scrooge, The Man Of La Mancha, Death Of A Salesman, Blood Brothers and The WHO'S Tommy.

Fiddler On The Roof plays every Friday and Saturday evening at 8:00pm from January 11th through February 16th. There will be two Sunday matinees with curtain times at 2:00pm. These are on February 3rd and 10th. To purchase tickets or request information please call the theatre at (916) 782-1777.

Special rates are available for groups of 10 or more!