Aloha Performing Arts Company will hold open auditions for volunteer singer/actor/dancers for its spring production of the legendary Broadway musical "Fiddler on the Roof" on Sunday and Monday, December 15 and 16, at 6 p.m. at the Aloha Theatre in Kainaliu. An invitational call-back audition may be held on Tuesday December 17 at 6 p.m. if necessary. Those auditioning will be asked to read a speech provided from the script, learn a short movement routine, and sing a few bars (a minute or less) of a song from the show or from the traditional Christmas carol "Deck the Halls." Tunes from the show include "Tradition," "Matchmaker," "If I Were a Rich Man," "To Life," "Miracle of Miracles," "Sunrise, Sunset," "Do You Love Me?," "Far From the Home I Love," and "Anatevka."
All roles are available, and include: Tevye, a poor milkman; Golde, Tevye's wife; Tzeitel, their oldest daughter, about nineteen; Hodel, their daughter, about seventeen; Chava, their daughter, about fifteen; Shprintze, their daughter, about twelve; Bielke, their youngest daughter, about nine; Motel Kamzoil, the tailor who loves and marries Tzeitel; Perchik, a student and Bolshevik revolutionary who loves Hodel; Fyedka, a young Russian man who loves Chava; Lazar Wolf, the butcher that Tzeitel was supposed to marry; Yente, the gossipy village matchmaker; Fruma-Sarah, Lazar Wolf's dead wife who rises from the grave; Grandma Tzeitel, Golde's dead grandmother who rises from the grave; Mordcha, the innkeeper; the village Rabbi; a Priest; the Fiddler, and the Russian Constable. In addition, an ensemble is sought, whose members will portray Russian dancers, bottle dancers, papas, mamas, sons, daughters, wedding guests, and various villagers. No experience is required, and newcomers are encouraged to audition.
"Fiddler on the Roof" features book by Joseph Stein, music by Jerry Bock, and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and is based on stories by Sholom Aleichem. It is set in 1905, in Tzarist Russia, in the tiny Jewish enclave of Anatevka. Jerry Tracy is directing, with musical direction by Joel Gimpel, vocal direction by Marinella Savarese, and choreography by Juanita Finkenberg. Producers are Barry and Gloria Blum.
Those auditioning will be seen in small groups in order of arrival, and are encouraged to dress comfortably and wear closed shoes. Rehearsals will begin immediately, with time off for the holidays, and shift into high gear in the new year. As a rule, rehearsals will be conducted Monday through Thursday evenings and Sunday afternoons. Not all cast members will be required at every rehearsal; individual time commitment depends upon the role. Production dates are February 14 through March 9, 2014. Cast members must commit to the rehearsal schedule with a minimum of conflicts and to the entire performance run. Scripts and scores are available for onsite perusal or checkout in exchange for a deposit, by arrangement with APAC Operations Director Suzanne Murdock. For more information, call 322-9924.