AUDITION: Fiddler on the Roof Jr.
Presented by The Majestic Academy of Dramatic Arts
Tuesday, November 5th at 6:30pm
Saturday, November 9th at 12 noon
(Ages 8-16*) *You must be within these ages at the time of audition; proof of age may be required.
Music by Jerry Bock
Book by Joseph Stein
Lyrics by Sheldon Harnick
Based on Sholem Aleichem’s stories, by special permission of Arnold Perl.
This special adaptation of the nine-time Tony Award-winning Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof JR. follows Tevye the milkman as he tries to protect his daughters and his way of life from a changing world. Created by Broadway legends Jerome Robbins, Harold Prince, Jerry Bock, Sheldon Harnick and Joseph Stein, Fiddler on the Roof JR. tackles the universal theme of tradition in ways that reach across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion.
Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to marry off his daughters and instill in them a sense of tradition in the face of growing anti-Semitism in Czarist Russia.
Fiddler on the Roof JR. is a great introduction to the world of musical theatre. Young performers will love its humor, warmth and honesty.
DIRECTED BY A. ROBERT DIONNE
- We will be learning about this classic musical while at the same time learning about the Jewish culture. We will do this through media, guest speakers, and interactive activities. This is definitely a show where we will learn the history and plights of what the Jewish people went through in Anatevka (and in real life). This will all be done in an age-appropriate way.
CHARACTERS (All ages considered for all roles):
- TEVYE: The heart and conscience of Fiddler on the Roof JR. Tevye is often cast as a larger young man, but his stature really comes from his integrity and zest for life. Tevye should be able to show the wide range of conflict, joy and pain that this character feels throughout the story. Your actor needs to be comfortable speaking directly to the audience and must develop a comfortable rapport with them. He does not need to have a great singing voice, but he must have a strong, easily projected voice that can fill your performance space.
GOLDE: The backbone of the family. She has a rather gruff exterior, but in her heart is sheer dedication to her family. When casting Golde, remember that she must be able to manage Tevye. She runs the household, and must be able to keep Tevye’s more emotional side in check. Conversely, she should be able to show a softer side when dealing with Chava and Tevye’s rift. She, like Tevye, does not need to be the greatest singer in the world but should have a commanding voice.
- TZEITEL: The oldest daughter of Tevye and Golde. She is the first to challenge the traditions of Anatevka by pleading with her fateher to let her marry Motel the tailor, to whom she has pledged her love. Keep in mind that she is the oldest daughter, is determined and can manipulate her father. This is the perfect spot for a dramatic actress.
- HODEL: A strong, independent middle child. She is outspoken but respectful. She has her eye on the Rabbi’s son at the outset of the story, but she is charmed by the revolutionary Perchick the moment she meets him, though she may not show it right away. Her dedication and love is real as she follows him to Siberia. An excellent singer and actor is needed for this role.
- CHAVA: The scholarly daughter who loves to read. Her love the Russian, Fyedka, tests her father to the very limit and provides the largest conflict in the story. A good role for an actress who is able to display a wide emotional range.
- SHPRINTZE and BIELKE: The youngest daughters of Tevye and Golde. They are considerably younger than the three “matchmaker” daughters. They only have a few lines but are featured in quite a few scenes. They don’t need to be strong singers or actresses but should be confident onstage.
- MOTEL: The poor, young tailor who is charmed with Tzeitel. He is an endearing sort of Woody Allen type. He doesn’t have to be a great singer but requires a sensitive and nervous, yet lovable portrayal.
- PERCHIK: A young student who brings with him radical new ideas that challenge the traditions of the community. Perchik should be able to hold his own with Tevye. He is a strong character, and clashes with Tevye idealistically, but is likable, charming and ultimately becomes a loyal family member.
- LAZAR WOLF: A butcher, the town’s wealthiest citizen and is the same age as, if not older, than, Tevye. Lazar could easily be played by a large boy, but an actor of any size can pull off this role. Lazar must appear rather distasteful and feisty, which is why Tzeitel is frightened to marry him. Lazar is one of the featured singers in “To Life”.
- FIDDLER: The Fiddler must be an actor who can hold the attention of an entire audience with stylized movement, facial expression and dance. Freedom of movement and expression are the keys to casting this character. The Fiddler is a silent role, yet an important one, and can easily be played by either a boy or a girl.
- YENTE: The middle-aged widow who matches up the young people of the village in hopes that they will marry. She is a village busybody and knows all the news of the town. Great comedic timing needed.
- CONSTABLE: The local sheriff representing the Russian government. Cast an actor who can provide a sense of threat and conflict. The constable is a complex character, caught between his good nature towards the people of Anatevka and his duty to the non-Jewish Russian government. This is a non-singing role that requires a strong actor.
- FYEDKA: A strong, young, Russian soldier who falls in love with Chava. This is a great role for a strong, non-singing actor.
- MORDCHA, YUSSEL, AVRAM, RABBI, MENDEL: Smaller roles that add much to the richness of the community portrayed in Fiddler on the Roof JR. Mordcha is a friendly, interesting innkeeper. Yussel is a hatter. Avram is a bookseller. Mendel is the Rabbi’s son. The Rabbi is the spiritual center of the community and the actor should be able to play an old man onstage. He should have a comic feel, although this is a serious role. These roles have a short part in “To LIfe” that can be spoken or sung
- VILLAGERS: The Villagers will portray the people of the village as Papas, Mamas, Sons or Daughters. Also included in this group are the Guests, Inn Patrons, Motel’s Parents and Motel’s Relations. They are the faces of Anatevka.
- ENSEMBLE: The First Man, Second Man, Another Man, First Woman, Second Woman and Third Woman all have spoken lines and are great featured roles.
- RUSSIAN SOLDIERS: Under the command of the Constable. Sasha has two short lines, and all the Russians sing together.
- REHEARSAL SCHEDULE: (at Majestic Studios)
- STARTS SAT. 11/16/19
- MONDAYS and WEDNESDAYS from 6pm-8:30pm (small groups)
- SATURDAYS from 10:00am-1:30pm (full cast)
- MANDATORY DRESS REHEARSALS: (at Derry Opera House)
- MONDAY, JANUARY 20th from 6:00-9:00pm
- TUESDAY, JANUARY 21st from 6:00-9:00pm
- WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22nd from 6:00-9:00pm
- THURSDAY, JANUARY 23rd from 6:00-9:00pm
- MANDATORY PERFORMANCES: (at Derry Opera House)
- FRIDAY, JANUARY 24th at 7:00pm / 6:00pm call
- SATURDAY, JANUARY 25th at 7:00pm / 6:00pm call
- SUNDAY, JANUARY 26th at 2:00pm / 1:00pm call
- followed by MANDATORY STRIKE for all cast members (usually about 30 minutes past the end of the final show).
- You do not need to make an audition appointment, simply show up. We see people in the order they arrive and complete paperwork. To print and fill out the audition form ahead of time please click here: Audition Form 2018-19 – Youth
- IMPORTANT: If you audition for our production and are cast it is expected you will follow through and do our production; failure to do so may prevent you from being cast in a future show as you will have possibly taken a spot from someone who was not cast. If you are auditioning ONLY for specific roles you may specify that on the audition form and you will only be considered for those roles. If you do not specify we will assume you will accept ANY role offered.
- There is a $125 production fee associated with this production (if you need financial assistance please fill out our Majestic Theatre Scholarship App Form 18 – this should be done immediately AFTER casting as needing scholarship assistance is NOT a factor in casting). This includes all rehearsal materials for the show, a show t-shirt, and a professionally taken photos from the production.
- In addition, there is a $75 “Doing Your Part” deposit that you get back once all production support items are completed: Fiddler DYP
- Please prepare a musical selection that shows off the character of your voice; please bring sheet music (pianist provided) or a backing track (blu-tooth to our stereo or bring a CD).
- Please note we do not currently have public wi-fi in our building, so it’s suggested you DOWNLOAD your YouTube video or Track onto your device prior to coming to audition.
- Audition may also consist of readings from the script (provided at audition time).