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Fiddler Celebrates Tradition

Coinciding with the 50th anniversary of the beloved classic premiering on Broadway, Fiddler on the Roof will be performed by the Sid Jacobson Community Players on the East Hills stage beginning Jan. 25. 

 

The story centers on Tevye (played by Frank Hendricks of Glen Cove) , the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives in 1905 Russia. The first musical to surpass 3,000 performances, Fiddler held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost ten years.

 

“I have been trying to get the rights to Fiddler for a few years and have been turned down because it has been on tour locally, says JCC Theatre Arts Director and the show’s producer, Susan Kalman. “I am thrilled to finally have the honor of producing this glorious

musical, particularly since 2014 marks the 50th anniversary of Fiddler’s Broadway opening.”

 

“I am very passionate about this play. Fiddler is a beautiful show with a timeless message for all generations—and speaks to people of all religions and backgrounds,” the producer continues. “It’s about family and tradition, changing with the times, and prejudice and community.”

 

The extremely gifted ensemble of 35 adults, teens and children have been rehearsing three evenings a week since November, all donating their time and talents because of their love of theater. Cast members come from a variety of professions, including doctors, lawyers, teachers and students. The youngest is 7-year-old Keira Stolowitz from Port Washington.

 

Two mother-daughter pairs are sharing their skills. Mom Lisbeth Licht Wolgel not only co-stars as Golde but also doubles as the show’s choreographer, and daughter Chelsea Wolgel plays Fiddler. Tzeitel is portrayed by mom Stacey Weinberger and real-life daughter Alexa Weinberger plays Bielke, Tevye’s youngest daughter.

 

The musical marks the JCC’s ninth annual community theater production. Music director Steve Belfer, choreographer Wolgel and some of the actors have been a part of the community theater productions with Kalman since the beginning. Shprintze is played by Sofia Adams from Plandome.

 

“Fiddler is one of my favorites, having directed it twice and performing in it once with our wonderful Tevye (Frank Hendricks),” says third time JCC director Rich Buckley of Williston Park. “I am always amazed at the emotional impact it has on an audience time and time again. As we celebrate its 50th anniversary, it seems as topical today as it was when the curtain opened for its debut performance at the Imperial Theater,” says Buckley, who prior to directing at the JCC, acted in two plays there.

Mordcha, the innkeeper, is played by Daniel Kary from Glen Cove; the role of Mendel is played by Michael M. Harrington from Locust Valley and Nate Connolly from Glenwood Landing is a member of the children/teen ensemble.

 

Fiddler on the Roof will be performed at the Sid Jacobson Community Center in East Hills on Jan. 25 and 26 and Feb. 1 and 2. Saturday evening shows begin at 8 p.m. and Sunday matinees begin at 2 p.m. Tickets cost $22 with the reduced price of $20 for members and $18 for seniors and students. For more information, contact Kalman at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or 516-484-1545, ext. 110.


News

If Heather Lehrman is not yet a familiar face to local pet owners, her name is likely to soon become a household name to dog lovers and families with young children, as her children’s book, Bullied at the Dog Park, was released this week. The book is based on a real-life incident with her own dog, Herbie, and fans will have a chance to meet her and Herbie at a book signing at Petco in Glen Cove on Saturday, Oct. 25.

 

“I wanted to help get the message out in my own way about the effects of bullying,” says Lehrman, a resident of Great Neck. “This book teaches children valuable lessons about treating all dogs (and people) with respect, and the importance of simple kindness.”

It was Dec. 31, 1999, the last day of the 20th century, and Florence Dolling was preparing an elaborate Thai dinner for a New Year’s Eve celebration in her home in Glen Cove when the phone rang.  It was her doctor reporting that, “Yes, it was breast cancer.” She kept on cooking, attempting to retain as much normalcy as she could muster, knowing that, with the new millennium, there would certainly come change.

 

“I wore a red strapless bustier for the party because I thought I was saying goodbye to the ‘girls’,” she says. “My husband, my sense of humor, and my friends, helped me get through that night,” she recalls.


Sports

On Tuesday, Oct. 7, the Glen Cove Finley Middle School opened their football season with a home game against Thompson Middle School. The game opened with the Glen Cove offense going on a nice drive, which saw quarterback Mike Vaughan score on a 30-yard touchdown run. 

Six North Shore High School athletes competed in the 2014 JCC Maccabi Games and led the New York Delegation to victory, winning gold. The students included Jacob Abramowitz, Brett Bennett, Drew Jacklin, Ben Lerner, Josh Mandell, and Ben Saltzman. The Maccabi Games is a week-long Olympic tournament for Jewish teenage athletes, ages 14-16 years old. It is held in numerous venues across the United States. 

 

Bennett proudly said, “Competing in the Maccabi Games was a unique and thrilling experience for me. It not only was a highly competitive basketball tournament, but it also emphasized the importance of building strong values such as good sportsmanship, leadership, team unity, compassion and respect.

This, for me, was an experience of a lifetime!” 


Calendar

PTA Meeting - October 15

Live Music - October 16

Wine Tasting - October 17


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