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Heartwood And Lincoln Academy To Present 'Fiddler On The Roof'
Eli Daiute, Lincoln Academy senior, delivers the epic role of Tevye, in Heartwood and LA's annual collaborative youth project,
Eli Daiute, Lincoln Academy senior, delivers the epic role of Tevye, in Heartwood and LA's annual collaborative youth project, "Fiddler on the Roof." Opening Nov. 1.

The eighth annual collaboration between Heartwood Regional Theater Company and Lincoln Academy is accelerating, as Midcoast students in grades 7 to 12 delve into both story and music of the beloved Broadway musical, "Fiddler on the Roof."

Performances will open Nov. 1, under a winning leadership trio: Griff Braley (director), Beth Preston (vocal director) and Sean Fleming (music director and accompanist).

It is a perfect collaboration between two organizations of excellence, dedicated to challenging and nurturing youth - making a difference in the local culture.

Clearly, community businesses, too, are eager to collaborate with funding support. Chesterfield Associates, Supplies Unlimited and Colby & Gale are show sponsors; Damariscotta Hardware is the youth programming season sponsor; Granite Hill Estates is on board as the season productions sponsor, and Bath Savings Institution once again anchors Heartwood, as the season sponsor.

The original Broadway production of "Fiddler on the Roof" opened in 1964. It was the first musical theatre run in history to surpass 3000 performances and held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for nearly 10 years, winning nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, score, book, direction and choreography. Four Broadway revivals have since ensued, along with the famous 1971 film adaptation.

Set in Tsarist Russia in 1905, the story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions, while outside influences encroach upon their lives.

He reacts not only to the strong-willed romantic choices of his three older daughters - each one sliding further away from the customs of their faith - but to the edict of the Tsar, ultimately evicting the Jews from their village, their homes.

It is a difficult story, but one worth telling, again. The fiddler, a metaphor for survival in a world of uncertainty, symbolizes the joys of faith and tradition - roots one never outgrows - and hope.

Forty Midcoast students from Great Salt Bay School, home schoolers and Lincoln Academy are finding this epic musical a rigorous and creative experience, embedded with the unsurpassable rewards of individual and mutual growth and achievement.

It is another don't-miss production, with themes transcending time, geography and culture and a musical score that will linger in the air, in one's head and in one's heart, long after the final curtain.

Six performances will be given in the Poe Theater at Lincoln Academy, during the first two weekends of November: a 3 p.m. matinee on Sunday, Nov 3 and five 7:30 p.m. evening performances on Nov 1 to 2, 7 to 9. Tickets are $8 for students through high school, $16 for adults. Seating is unreserved, unless specially requested in advance. Reservations very strongly recommended: 563-1373 or (please do not contact Lincoln Academy for reservations). For more details, visit

"Fiddler on the Roof" is presented through special arrangement with Music Theater International. Based on the Sholem Aleichem stories, by special permission of Arnold Perl. Book by Joseph Stein, Music by Jerry Bock, Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, produced on the New York Stage by Harold Prince.

Related Links:
• Heartwood Regional Theater Company

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