Tevye, a poor milkman lives in the town of Anatevka with his wife Golde and his five daughters, Tzeitel, Hodel, Chava, Shprintze and Bielke. As they are preparing for their Sabbath meal they are visited by the Matchmaker Yente who has arranged a marriage between Tzeitel and the elderly widower Lazar Wolf. Tzeitel is secretly in love with her childhood friend Motel who loves her in return, they wish to marry but Motel is reluctant as until he
can save enough money for a sewing machine to show that he can support a wife.
Tevye invites Perchik a radical revolutionary to share their Sabbath meal, offering him food and lodging in return for him tutoring his two youngest daughters.
Set against a background of pogroms and expulsions of the Jews by the Russians; Tevye and his family need to face life in a changing world that flys in the face of their traditions.
Music by Jerry Bock.
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick.
Book by Joseph Stein.
Based on the book Tevye and his Daughters by Sholem Aleichem.
- Tevye, a poor milkman with five daughters. A firm supporter of the traditions of his faith, he finds many of his convictions tested by the actions of his three oldest daughters.
- Golde, Tevye’s sharp-tongued wife.
- Tzeitel, their oldest daughter, about nineteen. She loves her childhood friend Motel.
- Hodel, their daughter, about seventeen. Intelligent and spirited.
- Chava, their daughter, about fifteen. A shy book lover.
- Shprintze, their daughter, about twelve
- Bielke, their youngest daughter, about nine
- Motel Kamzoil, a poor but hardworking tailor who loves Tzeitel.
- Perchik, a scholar and Bolshevik revolutionary who comes to Anatevka and falls in love with Hodel.
- Fyedka, a young Christian man. He shares Chava’s passion for reading and is outraged by the Russians’ treatment of the Jews.
- Lazar Wolf, the wealthy village butcher. Widower of Fruma-Sarah. Attempts to arrange a marriage for himself to Tzeitel.
- Yente, the gossipy village matchmaker who matches Tzeitel and Lazar.
- Fruma-Sarah, Lazar Wolf’s dead wife, who rises from the grave in Tevye’s “nightmare”
- Grandma Tzeitel, Golde’s dead grandmother, also featured in the “nightmare”.
- Mordcha, the innkeeper.
- Rabbi, the wise village rabbi.
- Constable, a Christian man; the head of the local Russian police.
Rehearsals begin on Wednesday 1st of June at 7:30pm at the Hexham Community Centre on Gilesgate.
If you’re interested in joining us for this production please come along then and say hello.
Coming to the Queen’s Hall the week of November 7th 2016