La Porte brings ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ to stage

 PUBLISHED IN THE CHICAGO TRIBUNE MAY 6, 2015

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Beginning May 8 and running for two weekends, the La Porte Little Theatre will be showing the beloved musical, “Fiddler on the Roof.

“Fiddler on the Roof” is an American Broadway classic. It has won Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score, and Best Book.

The story of “Fiddler on the Roof” follows the character Tevye, a father of five daughters, and goes through his attempts to maintain his Jewish cultural and religious traditions as the Tsar of Russia is evicting Jews from the village.

Robert “Bobby” Komendera, director of La Porte Little Theatre’s “Fiddler on the Roof” said, “I love this show. Its America’s most beloved musical. This is my fourth time directing it.”

“Even though it’s set in 1905 in Russia, before the Russian Revolution, it’s compatible with everything that we have going on today with terrorism,” said Komendera.

Although “Fiddler on the Roof” is set in Russia, is connects so much to the ideals of the American dream. “No matter how bad things get, if you have family and friends that band together, you can get through anything,” said Komendera. “We can do anything with love and traditions, and build new traditions.”

Not only does the show “Fiddler on the Roof” tell a tale of helping people out, Komendera also works to assist youth through the La Porte Little Theatre production. “A lot of people think I’m nuts because I cast 50 people,” said Komendera, “Live theater is dying out a little in the schools and theater programs are being eliminated. I want the chance to give everyone a chance to be on stage.”
Tickets for La Porte Little Theatre’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” are available at the box office before the show and cost $12 each. It will run May 8-10 and May 15-17. The show begins on Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and 2 p.m. on Sundays.

Beth Casey is a freelance writer.

“Fiddler on the Roof”

May 8-17

La Porte Little Theatre, 218 A Street, La Porte

Tickets: $12

219-362-5113 or http://www.laportelittletheatreclub.com

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