When Fiddler on the Roof opened on Broadway in 1964, the critics enthusiastically proclaimed it "one of the great works of the American music theatre." For 35 years, the tender tale of Tevye, a poor dairyman struggling to raise his five daughters in the midst of an ever-changing world, has touched and uplifted audiences around the globe.
The spirit of this play has touched the Plymouth community as well. Plymouth is indeed rich in its traditions and talents, and once again we have been astounded by the caliber of local performers who have worked so diligently with our guest artist Scott Severance (Tevye) to bring Sholem Aleichem's stories of Tevye and his family to life.
During our twenty-four days together, we have forged our own Anatevka, creating new family relationships, transforming a Dean to a Rabbi and a Police Chief to a Russian Constable. We have explored the impact of prejudice and religious discrimination on a community, perhaps allowing us to better understand these injustices in our own world. We have celebrated a Shabbat dinner together, sung together, danced together, and laughed together, building new memories and traditions that will sustain us long after the last notes of the fiddler fade away.
Thank you for your support. Without you, and the contributions of Plymouth State College, Plymouth Elementary School, and Friends of the Arts, the ETC tradition would cease to exist. We value the collaboration of the many individuals who have helped to create not only this production, but the art display in the lobby, the after-school integrated arts workshops, the Children's Arts Conference, the Young Actors Ensemble, and the 4th Annual Integrated Arts Conference for Teachers. The arts are truly alive here in Plymouth, New Hampshire. We are grateful to all those who have helped make ETC possible for all of us to enjoy.