EAC presents musical, Fiddler on the Roof
By Lori Dugan
THATCHER, AZ—Eastern Arizona College’s musical theatre department will be staging what will be the crown jewel of Drama Department Chairman Dr. Crae Wilson’s acting career with six performances of crowd favorite, Fiddler on the Roof, March 28, 29, and 31 and April 4, 5 and 7, at 7:30 p.m. in the College’s Fine Arts Auditorium.
In addition to entertaining local audiences with his rendition of Tevye, Wilson has performed Fiddler for audiences worldwide when he toured with the USO in the mid 1980s. “It was definitely a career highlight for me,” said Wilson of his stint with the USO. “And it afforded me an abundance of real-world stage experience that I was able to pass on to the literally thousands of students who have participated in my classes over the years.”
The all-star cast also includes EAC’s Musical Theatre Director Trish Jordahl as Golde, Tevye’s wife. “I can’t wait to present this show to the Gila Valley later this month,” said Wilson. “I have looked forward to this performance for some time, and when I found out that Trish was taking on the role of Golde, it affected me on both a personal and professional level,” said Wilson. He concluded that, “audiences will not be disappointed when they hear Trish’s voice…so beautifully suited to Golde.”
This rousing musical, based on the stories of Shalom Aleichem, takes place in pre-revolutionary Russia and centers on the life of Tevye, a milkman who is trying to keep his family’s traditions in place while marrying off his three older daughters. Yet, times are changing and the daughters want to make their own matches, breaking free of many of the constricting customs required of them by Judaism. In the background of these events, Russia is on the brink of revolution and Jews are feeling increasingly unwelcome in their villages. Tevye—who expresses his desire for sameness in the opening number, Tradition—is trying to keep everyone, and everything, together. The music is excellent, with plenty of familiar songs such as Sunrise, Sunset and If I Were a Rich Man, which audiences will be humming long after the curtain falls.
“We have planned to do Fiddler as Crae’s swansong and I am so glad it has worked out for us to not only offer it,” said Jordahl, “but for me to get to star in it with Crae. To share the stage with him has made it that much more special,” she said, “not just for me, but for our audience. Many will remember Crae’s performance from 1998 as Tevye and be delighted we are offering it once again.”
Tickets for EAC’s offering of this incredibly popular musical are $5 for all seats, and are on sale at the EAC Ticket Office. Call (928) 428-8228 for more information. Full-time EAC students are admitted free with ID; however, due to the popularity of this show and its all-star cast, advance purchase is advised to ensure the best seating.