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Julian Wiles, Founder and Producing Artistic Director
Marybeth Clark, Associate Artistic Director

February 20, 2008

Matchmaker! Matchmaker! Designer’s Runthru for Fiddler on the Roof

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On Monday, we had a designer’s runthru for Fiddler on the Roof.  This is the first full runthru of the show in our Mt. Pleasant rehearsal studio with both Director Marybeth Clark and Music Director Wendell Smith.  At this point, actors have all lines, music and movements learned (almost!).  The Designer’s runthru allows the lighting, sound, prop, and costume designers to have a look at the show to be sure all of their design elements will work . . . can they dance in that dress?  Do I need more light in that area?  Is that chair strong enough for them to stand on, etc.   It’s an exciting runthru because it’s really the first time actors go through the entire show without stopping.  With the designers in the audience, it’s more of a performance than a rehearsal. Of course in rehearsal, skirts and hats replace real costumes, there’s no set, only a few tables and benches, but seeing and hearing a cast of 40 perform a full blown musical in a small room while sitting only 10 feet away is quite an event.  I can’t wait to see this cast of thousands onstage.

Julian Wiles, Producing Director 

Here are a few snapshots from Monday’s Designer’s Runthru for Fiddler on the Roof .

dsc_0015.jpg  Tradition!   dsc_0023.jpg 
Matchmaker Matchmaker, make me a match!   dsc_0028.jpgTo Life!  Tevye (John O. Fennel and Lazar Wolfe (David Halat) share a drink.  
dsc_0037.jpg The Bottle Dance!

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