Cast size: Large, 20 plus
Music by Jerry Bock Book by Joseph Stein Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick

Joseph Stein | kids MUSICAL | large 20 plus

  • About the Show

    This special edition of one of Broadway's great masterpieces, Fiddler On The Roof Junior covers the full range of human emotions, presenting young performers with unique acting challenges-especially the mature young man starring as Tevye-among the most memorable and rewarding roles in musical theatre.

    One Act Book Musical.

    Broadway Junior Version - MTI's Broadway Junior Collection includes some of Broadway's best-loved musicals which have been specially adapted for young performers - abridged to 60-80 minutes, with music transposed into keys appropiate for young voices.

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    Tevye explains the role of God's Law in providing balance and meaning in the villagers lives. In the opening song, "Tradition", Tevye and his fellow Anatevkans extole the virtues of their Jewish heritage.

    Tevye's wife and daughter's prepare for the Sabbath while Yente brings the news that she has found, in Lazar Wolfe the butcher, a match for Tzeitel. Motel visits briefly before being sent away by Golde. Tevye's daughters wonder if the Matchmaker will find them the men of their dreams ("Matchmaker").

    Tevye reflects on how much he wishes he had a small fortune. ("If I Were a Rich Man"). Tevye then meets a stranger, Perchik, who brings news of trouble in the world beyond Anatevka. Tevye invites the young revolutionary student to come to his home for Sabbath dinner in exchange for lessons for his daughters.

    Motel the tailor attempts to ask for Tzeitel's hand, but gets tongue-tied. The family and their guests welcome the Sabbath ("Sabbath Prayer").

    Tevye goes to meet Lazar Wolfe and agrees to the match with Tzeitel. A boisterous celebration ensues ("L'Chaim"). As Tevye staggers home, he meets the Constable, who warns him that a demonstration is planned against the Jews of Anatevka.

    Perchik gets to know Hodel then Tevye appears to tell Tzeitel about her engagement to Lazar Wolfe. Golde rejoices. Motel tells Tevye that he and Tzeitel gave each other a pledge to marry. After a struggle with himself, Tevye agrees to their marriage.

    The villagers are gossiping in the street about the mix-up in Tzeitel's marriage plans. As Chava enters Motel's tailor shop, a small group of Russians on the street taunt her. Fyedka stops them. As they leave, Fyedka follows Chava into the shop. They strike up a friendship. Motel enters and puts on his wedding hat.

    The wedding. The company sings ("Sunrise, Sunset") as the traditional Jewish ceremony takes place. As the wedding progresses the Constable and his men enter. They destroy the wedding.

    Tevye now chats with God about recent events. Perchik proposes to Hodel and she accepts. He must leave for Kiev. He promises to send for her as soon as he can. Tevye approves despite his misgivings. Tevye then asks Golde if their own arranged marriage has somehow turned into a romance ("Do You Love Me?").

    Tevye takes Hodel to the train station. She is going to Siberia where Perchik has been sent after his arrest. ("Far From the Home I Love").

    Fyedka and Chava have decided to marry. Chava tries to speak to Tevye about the situation. Tevye refuses to listen to her and forbids her to ever speak of or see Fyedka again.

    Tevye returns home to learn from Golde that Chava and Fyedka have been married by the priest. Tevye ignores Chava's plea for acceptance. Chava exits as unseen voices sing ("Tradition").

    The Constable brings the news that everyone in town has to sell their houses and leave Anatevka in three days. As the villagers think of their future they sing fondly of the village they are leaving ("Anatevka").

    The family is packing their wagon to leave. Tzeitel and Motel are staying in Warsaw until they have enough money to go to America. Hodel and perchik are still in Siberia. Chava appears with Fyedka. Tevye refuses to acknowledge her. Chava explains that they are leaving because they cannot stay among people who can do such things to others. As they leave, Tzeitel says goodbye to them and Tevye prompts her to add, "God be with you!" Chava and Fyedka leave. Final goodbyes are said and Tevye begins pulling the wagon. Other villagers join the circle, including the Fiddler. Tevye beckons the Fiddler to follow him. The Fiddler tucks his fiddle under his arm and follows the group upstage as the curtain falls.

    Musical Numbers

    If I Were a Rich Man
    Sabbath Prayer
    To Life
    Sunrise Sunset
    Wedding Dance
    Do You Love Me?
    Far From The Home I Love

    Casting Information

    Cast size: Large (over 20), Flexible
    Cast Type: Ensemble Cast - Many featured roles
    Dance requirement: Standard (Musical Staging/Some Dance/Optional)

    Character Breakdown

    CHAVAThird youngest daughter. Introspective, shy, intelligent. Good voice.
    Mezzo-Soprano: B flat - C flat
    CONSTABLELocal sheriff representing the anti-semitic Russian government. Strong actor.
    FYEDKAYoung Russian soldier, Chava's love interest. Strong actor.
    Minimal or non-singing
    GOLDEBackbone of the family. Gruff exterior, able to frighten Tevye, but softer side comes through now and then. Commanding voice.
    Alto/Mezzo-Soprano: G - D flat
    HODELMiddle daughter, strong, independent, outspoken. Good singer/actress.
    Mezzo-Soprano: B flat - D flat
    LAZAR WOLFEThe butcher who is 'matched' to Tzeitel. Imposing figure (even a bit repugnant), able to sell a song.
    Baritone/Tenor: A - C
    MORDCHAFriendly, interesting innkeeper. Can carry a tune for group numbers.
    MOTELThe tailor, in love with Tzeitel. Ability to move well, good voice, comic timing.
    PERCHIKYoung student "radical" in love with Hodel. Idealistic and opinionated, but likable and charming.
    Tenor: B flat - B flat
    RABBIThe spiritual center of the community, usually played as "practically ancient"--with some comic effect, but is serious role. Some group singing.
    RUSSIANSThe villains of the story, imposing, should move well for stage combat. May sing from offstage to support group numbers.
    SHPRINTZE & BIELKETwo youngest daughters, considerably younger than "matchmaker" three. Ability to carry a tune.
    TEVYEThe heart and conscience of the show. Strong integrity and zest for life, robust. Able to show wide ranges of conflict and emotion and comfortable speaking directly to audience. Strong voice.
    Baritone/Tenor: A flat - D
    THE FIDDLERSilent, lead role. Ability to move and express themselves very well. Also ability to play "air violin/fiddle" a plus.
    TZEITELOldest daughter, determined to marry Motel, the tailor--not the match that has been arranged. Good voice.
    Mezzo-Soprano: B flat - C flat
    VILLAGERSThe many faces of Anatevka, good singers who can hold harmonies, can move well.
    Various SATB
    YENTEThe matchmaker. Ability to play mature and carry a tune for group numbers.
    YUSSELA hatter, a craftsman. Can carry a tune for group numbers.

    Rehearsal Set

    The following materials are provided in the Showkit™, which is offered for sale:

    20 x Student Books
    1 x Director's Guide
    2 x Accompaniment and Vocal Guide CDs
    1 x Choreographic DVD
    20 x Family Matters
    1 x Piano Vocal Score


    A Performance Accompaniment CD is provided with the Showkit™


    Logo Pack

    Production Slides

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