Legacy Christian Academy stages classic musical

Legacy Christian Academy presents one of the most widely acclaimed musicals “Fiddler on the Roof” for its spring production.

Tevye and his wife Golde are two main characters in Legacy Christian Academy’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Teyve is played by junior Zach Port. Golde is played by junior Britta Schomburg. Photo courtesy of Michelle Andre

Tevye and his wife Golde are two main characters in Legacy Christian Academy’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Teyve is played by junior Zach Port. Golde is played by junior Britta Schomburg. Photo courtesy of Michelle Andre

Kristy Winkes directs.

Winkes describes the academy as a small Christian school that loves and cares for each other and easily embraces the small village of Anatevka, the setting of the story.

“Most casts, when they begin a work, don’t know each other,” she said. “We work together, play together, cry and laugh together, just as the compelling characters of this marvelous play… .”

To prepare for the play, the cast visited Mt. Zion, a Jewish temple in St. Paul. They attended a sabbath service and spoke with congregants and the rabbi afterwards.

“The welcome we received and the rich traditions we observed inspired us to carefully, respectfully and tenderly portray our characters,” Winkes said.

Audience members will be treated to such songs as “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were a Rich Man,” and “Matchmaker.”

The story, set in Tsarist Russia in 1905, centers on Tevye, a poor milkman, who struggles to keep Jewish traditions going among his wife and five daughters, despite outside influences and changing times.

The family-friendly show creates a world that no longer exists, Winkes says.

“Only through this heartwarming play can we now get a peek into the day-to-day lives of the small Jewish village.

A cast of 41 and stage crew of 10 bring Anatevka to life.

“Fiddler” is from a book by Joseph Stein. Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock and is based on the literary work “Tevye’s Daughters” by Sholem Aleichem.

The show opened on Broadway in 1964 and was the first musical theater production in history to surpass 3,000 performances.

Legacy Christian Academy presents “Fiddler on the Roof,” April 5, 6, 12 and 13, 7 p.m. April 13 matinee at 1:30 p.m. Adults $10, students and seniors $5, preferred seating $15. 3037 Bunker Lake Blvd. N.W., Andover. For more information, call 763-427-4595.

Elyse Kaner is at elyse.kaner@ecm-inc.com

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