Sunday, 29 April 2012

review: fiddler on the roof

We went to see Fiddler On The Roof 
last night at the Cessnock Performing Arts Centre.  

We sat for 3 hours (with a short break) totally engrossed in this beautiful story, told through songs, acting, dancing and all the trimmings of a first-rate full-blown threatre production.

What a cast!  There must have been 40 people on stage at some points.  All in their costumes and singing with their beautiful voices.  

In fact, the singing was outstandingly beautiful.  There were solos, duets, trios and ensembles.  The harmonies were spot-on. I was so impressed by the level of professionalism and calibre of musicianship from Opera Hunter,  who produced this first-rate show.

I totally loved the Russian dancing in this show! Yes! There were scenes of Russian blokes doing those squat-kicks, leaps, and unbelievable moves requiring legs of steel springs. It was fantastic to watch. Just incredible.

a bit about the story
Set in a Jewish settlement within Russia circa 1880-1905, the Jewish community uphold strong traditions - particularly surrounding arranged marriages. A poor father has 5 daughters and each time one gets married, he is torn between the traditional ways of marriage, and love for his daughters.  His daughters are pushing the boundaries of the all-important Jewish traditions by the way they find their own husbands, agree to engagements without the father's consent, and in one case even agree to marry a non-Jew!

If you're quick, there's still time to catch this production. Check out the links here for details.

Have you ever seen this production?  Did you enjoy it?

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