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Ridge HS Drama Club's 'Fiddler on the Roof' Makes Debut, Runs Through Sat., Feb. 25

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Students from Ridge High School's drama club are staging 'Fiddler on the Roof' from Thursday, Feb. 23 through Sat., Feb. 25. Fri. and Sat. shows are at 7 p.m. Credits: By Betsy Bacot-Aigner
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The last rehearsal for the cast and the crew that devised the set for Ridge High School's production of "Fiddler on the Roof," with shows at 7 p.m. on Feb. 24 and 25. Credits: By Betsy Bacot-Aigner
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The famous fiddler from "Fiddler on the Roof." Credits: Courtesy of the Ridge Drama Club
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BERNARDS TWP., NJ - The Drama Club at Ridge High School is presenting their version of the long-running Broadway music, “Fiddler on the Roof” this weekend. The student production debuted on Thursday, Feb. 23, and will again be presented at 7 p.m. on Friday and Saturday, Feb. 24 and 25 at the Ridge Performing Arts Center (PAC), 268 S. Finley Ave., Basking Ridge.

The production stars Ridge students Owen McKenna, Virginia Lafean, Rohin Verma, Sydney Vollmar, Helen Shen, Chance Friedman, and Emily Kopchains, according to The Devil's Advocate, the Ridge High School publication.

This musical theater classic is set in the small (and fictional) town of Anatevka in 1905, under the thumb of pre-revolutionary Russian officers. The story centers on the lives, problems, and evolving traditions of an oppressed Jewish community, and spotlights milkman Tevye (portrayed by Ridge senior Owen McKenna), his wife, Golde (junior Ginny Lafean), and their five daughters. 

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The story line also centers around the daughters' choices of husbands, and the question of how far Tevye will stretch from his beloved "traditions."

The 1964 Tony Award-winner for Best Musical was based on the stories about Tevye the Dairyman by Sholem Aleichem. The Broadway book was written by Joseph Stein, with music by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick producing lyrics. It has had several revivals on stage, and was later filmed as a movie.

Combining drama, comedy, and a hauntingly realistic tale, the musical examines the family’s conflict between traditional values and the ever-changing world in which they live. The cast, crew, and director Martha Harvey invite you to join them for a memorable evening.

Tickets for the Friday and Saturday performances are $16 for adults and $12 for students/senior citizens. Tickets can be purchased ahead at www.ridgepac.com

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