Old rural Russia coming to Ponoka

Tevye (Ken Robinson) and Golde (Jamie Lewis) come face to face with family crises that turn their beloved traditions upside down

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Tevye (Ken Robinson) and Golde (Jamie Lewis) come face to face with family crises that turn their beloved traditions upside down, when their daughters decide to marry for love. The couple is joined by their Jewish community in 1910 rural Russia, as they encounter heart-rending, frightening and joyful situations.

Fiddler on the Roof is the perennial musical favourite being presented by the Klaglahachie Fine Arts (KFA) theatre group, on stage at the Ponoka United Church, 5020 52 Ave. from Nov. 30 through Dec. 9. The cast of 30, plus musicians, sound and light technicians, costume designers, props specialists, set builders/designers, venue decorators and administrators have been cheerfully volunteering hundreds of hours to make this show another fabulous extravaganza — just what KFA has become well known for.

Tickets are already selling quickly for the dinner plus theatre, and for theatre only. KFA contact info: klaglahachie@gmail.com or 403-783-4087.

“Truly I am amazed by everyone’s talent,” said Erna Marburg, the group’s assistant director and wardrobe director, who also plays Yente the Matchmaker).

“I don’t know how they can sing, dance, act, show emotions, move around the stage and remember pages of dialogue — all at the same time,” added musical director Althea Lewis.

Actors from young to mature, are having a great time already, and opening night is still some weeks away.

They can’t stop themselves from breaking out in song, even during their breaks during rehearsals. It’s no wonder, considering the show is filled with well-loved melodies such as Sunrise, Sunset, Tradition, Matchmaker, Matchmaker and the riotous To Life.

Director Kevin Ferguson is amazed at how talented the cast members are at giving him every complex emotion, action and vocal intonation he asks for. “Their abilities to do that, keep revealing deeper and more meaningful levels of this superbly-written script — these highly skilled actors just blow me away.”