Fiddler on the Roof

Date 24th May 2012
Society Walmsley Church Amateur Operatic and Dramatic Society
Venue Walmesley Church Hall, Bolton
Type of Production Musical
Director Nora Howcroft
Musical Director Mike Pinder

Report

Author: Jackie Kay

Choreographer: Lara Crombie

It is a joy to watch a show when everything is perfect. I and am sure all the audience were sorry to see it end. The show had everything, a lovely set,very slick changes and delightful costumes.
Director Nora Howcroft brought out the very best from a talented cast. I have always been impressed with the harmonies this society have produced,and this show was no different . Mike Pinder MD must have worked so hard in getting all the musical numbers just right: they were brilliant. My congratulations on his control of a very good orchestra, the sound perfect.
Every character was well cast. Steve Benson was exceptional as Tevye, the father of five daughters itself a problem, trying to find husbands for them and at the same time trying to keep to his faith and traditions. All his musical numbers were so well sung. He was well supported by his wife Golde well played by Adrienne Wormald. His daughters, Tzeitel (Grace Firth), Hodel (Lindsay Farnworth), Chava (Jess Barnett), Shprintze (Lauren Hassall) and Bielke (Hannah Worrall) all acted and sang very well. The three older girls gave us a super rendition of `Matchmaker, Matchmaker`. Vicki Wilson gave a lovely performance as Yente, the Matchmaker, well done.
All the men in this show were just right for the parts. David Wilson gave us a gentle Motel, the scene when he asked Tevye for permission to marry Tzeitel was so funny as was his delight when the sewing machine arrived. Perchik, the student with his radical thinking was well sung and acted by Joe Conner.
Because of the type of show this is, the director must try to lighten it where possible, the dream scene did just that. It was really well done.
I had a wonderful evenings entertainment.Thank you for the care and attention given,and look forward to my next visit ..