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Ouachita Baptist University’s School of Fine Arts will present the Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof, based on Sholem Aleichem stories with book by Joseph Stein, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and music by Jerry Bock. The opening performance will be on Thursday, April 20, at 7:30 p.m. in Jones Performing Arts Center. Performances will continue April 21-22 at 7:30 p.m. with a matinee Sunday, April 23, at 2:30 p.m. Tickets may be purchased from the OBU Box Office for $12 each.

Fiddler on the Roof follows the life of Tevye, a Jewish dairyman, and his wife, Golde, and their attempt to maintain their Jewish and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon their family’s lives.

“The musical is about a community being pulled in several different directions, whether by their traditions or following their heart,” said Kayla Walker, a senior musical theatre major from North Little Rock, Ark., who plays Golde. “It’s a very moving story about real people and their lives.”

Set in the small Jewish village of Anatevka, Russia, in 1905 during a turbulent time of Tsarist rule, the story is told with wit and humor but remains a powerful statement about the evils of prejudice and persecution. Dr. Scott Holsclaw, professor of theatre arts and stage director for the musical, said he found this to be a compelling message for a modern audience.



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