UB Department of Theatre and Dance to Present Student Production of "Fiddler on the Roof"

By David Wedekindt

Release Date: March 24, 2004

BUFFALO, N.Y. -- The University at Buffalo Department of Theatre and Dance will present a student production of "Fiddler on the Roof" on April 15-18 and April 21-24 in the Drama Theatre in the Center for the Arts on the UB North (Amherst) Campus. Media sponsor for this production is WBFO.

The production of "Fiddler on the Roof" is based on the book by Joseph Stein, with music by Jerry Bock and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and is directed by Lynne Kurdziel-Formato.

The musical "Fiddler on the Roof" premiered on Broadway in September 1964. The show is based on the short story "Tevye and His Daughters" by Sholom Aleichem. Set in 1905, "Fiddler on the Roof" takes place in Anatevka, a small Jewish village in Russia. The story revolves around the dairyman Tevye and his attempts to preserve his family's traditions in the face of a changing world. When his eldest daughter, Tzeitel, begs him to let her marry a poor tailor rather than the middle-aged butcher that he has already chosen for her, Tevye must choose between his own daughter's happiness and those beloved traditions that keep the outside world at bay. Meanwhile, there are other forces at work in Anatevka, dangerous forces which threaten to destroy the very tradition he is trying to preserve.

Tickets for "Fiddler on the Roof" are $15 for the general public and $6 for students and seniors. Tickets are available from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the Center for the Arts Box Office and all Ticketmaster locations, including Kaufmann's. To charge tickets, call 852-5000; in Canada, call 1-416-870-8000. For group sales, call 645-6771. For more information call 645-ARTS. The Center for the Arts is a TicketFast location.