Fall Production in the Works: Behind the Scenes of “Fiddler”


Nova Nichols

Drama students run through their scripts during a play practice.

Olyvia Mullinax, Paolite Staff Writer

The Drama Club’s annual fall production is in progress. This year, the musical is “Fiddler on the Roof.” It takes place in the small village of Anatevka. The story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to marry off his daughters and instill in them a sense of tradition in the face of growing anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia.

Auditions were held on September 8, with the cast list being posted the following Friday. The play will star senior Adin Monroe as Teyve, senior Isabell Shipman as Golde, eighth grader Piper Frank as Tzeitel, sophomore Mary Cook as Hodel and sophomore Lillyana Beatty as Chava. Other parts include Perchik played by senior A.J. Lopez, Fyedka played by junior Dyson Nichols, Constable played by seventh grader Havoc Nichols, Bielke played by eighth grader Sophie Holliday, Yente played by senior Mia Stroud, Motel’s Mother played by senior Nova Nichols and the Fiddler played by senior Ella Sims.

I’m excited to be back and to have a character that interacts with the audience more than my other characters have

— Adin Monroe

Monroe, the leading actor, is no stranger to the stage after starring in roles like Simba in the Drama Club’s 2017 production of “The Lion King” and playing the part of Smee in “Peter Pan.”

“I’m excited to be back and to have a character that interacts with the audience more than my other characters have. Tevye, my character, has a very wide range of emotions that I am excited to use in order to give the audience a captivating performance,” said Monroe.

The cast will have rehearsals each night after school until 6 p.m. leading up to the live performances on October 20-22.

“I hope that everyone that participates has a good time and the audience enjoys watching,” said Drama Director Maria Wishart.

For more information about the upcoming musical, contact Wishart in-person or via email.