WAUKESHA, WIS.— The first major theater production of Carroll University’s 2011-2012 season will be “Fiddler on the Roof.” Performances are in Otteson Theatre, 238 N. East Ave., Waukesha, on Friday, Nov. 18, 2011, at 7 p.m., and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 19. Tickets should be purchased in advance; call 262.524.7633. Prices are $10 adults, $5 seniors 60 and older/Carroll parents/Carroll alumni, and free for any student with a valid ID.
“Fiddler on the Roof,” with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Joseph Stein, is based on “Tevye the Milkman and Other Tales” by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their simple lives. It was nominated for 10 Tony Awards, winning nine, including Best Musical, Best Score, Best Book, and honoring Jerome Robbins twice for Best Direction and Best Choreography. The show has played to millions and enjoyed enduring international popularity.
The Carroll production is directed by Trisha Himmler, a sophomore business and theatre arts double major, with choreography by Declan Boran-Ragotzy, a sophomore Spanish major, and music direction by Brian Myers, a local artist who also accompanies the show. Costumes are designed by Stephanie Brownell, a senior theatre arts major, set and props are by Scott Boyle, assistant professor of theatre arts, and lights designed by Scott Fudali of Carroll's information technology services department.