Fiddler on the Roof

Date 1st September 2012
Society Glenrothes Amateur Musical Association
Venue Rothes Hall
Type of Production Musical
Director Euan Campbell
Musical Director Gillian Haycock

Report

Author: John Urquhart

This turned out to be a very polished production led by Alastair Campbell as an outstanding Tevye. I know Alastair has played the role before, but his portrayal was nothing short of magnificent – he completely held the audiences emotions. He was ably partnered by Claire Owens who created a strong Golde. Claire Mckinley excelled as Tzeitel, creating a very life-like character. Claire never stops working on stage to keep her character real. Jon Brown was well cast as Motel, creating a good rapport with Claire. Ewan Campbell handled the challenging part of Perchik, giving a nicely understated performance. He was matched very ably by Gillian Hewitt as Hodel. Gillian sang beautifully and her ‘Far from the Home I Love’ with Tevye proved one of the highpoints of the evening for me. The pairing of Jillian Spence and Ian Birse as Chava and Fyedka also worked well. Cathy Palmer, another veteran of previous productions, gave a nicely timed interpretation of Yente the matchmaker. Lorraine King as the Fiddler added a nice touch in being so involved and attentive in all the scenes. Gerry Duffy as always, made his mark as a highly likeable Rabbi. The large and enthusiastic chorus was used to advantage and all the company scenes were well handled. Fruma Sarah appearing as a projection was quite different. Singing was of a high standard and the orchestra provided a most effective accompaniment. Overall, this was a really good production.