BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - "Fiddler on the Roof" is a classic Broadway musical that has entertained audiences since 1964. The original Broadway production won 10 Tony Awards and ran for almost 10 years. Center Stage in Biloxi is bringing its own version of "Fiddler" to the stage.
This universal story is definitely a crowd pleaser. It's about tradition and change, but it's also a story about love and family.
"Fiddler on the Roof" takes the audience to the Russian hamlet of Anatevka in 1905. Wayne Stephens plays the lead character, Tevye, a milkman and father of five daughters.
"Tradition is the whole thing. That's what he thinks keeps the family together," said Stephens.
Becky Green plays Tevye's sharp tongued wife, Golde.
"She's tough, but she loves her family so much," said Green.
Keeping their family and Jewish traditions going isn't easy in the changing times. Their three oldest daughters are developing ideas of their own that break with tradition. There are political changes threatening their homes and way of life.
Stephens says that's the backdrop of this heartwarming and poignant story.
"This is in Russia in the early 1900s, and there are programs going on against the Jews. The Tzar wants them out of Russia, and we are part of that pushing out," said Stephens.
Tevye fights to hang on to his traditions, his family and his dreams.
A talented group of 26 actors and musicians round out the cast, bringing the village to life that is the heart and soul of the show. As the story and music come to life, it's easy to see why "Fiddler" has stood the test of time. Green says the Center Stage production won't disappoint.
"The audience will see a fabulous production, professional sets, fabulous music and the acting is great. There's something for everyone," said Green.
Don't miss "Fiddler on the Roof" now through Aug. 2, at Center Stage in Biloxi. Call 228-388-6258 for ticket information.