If you love great theater and have been longing to escape into a classic musical, make plans now to head down to the Old Town Temecula Community Theater to catch Fiddler on the Roof presented by the Temecula Valley Players and directed by J Scott Lapp.
The gorgeous set design and live orchestra set the tone immediately. The story is set in Tsarist Russia in 1905, and the viewer is immediately transported to Anatevka where Tevye, the father of five daughters, attempts to maintain his family and religious and cultural traditions while outside influences bear down upon their lives. He must cope with both the strong-willed actions of his three daughters—each one’s choice of husband moves further away from the customs of the family faith—and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village. The Fiddler is a metaphor for maintaining balance, through tradition and humor, in uncertain and precarious times.
The cast members are consummate professionals: each note soars, each line draws the viewer further into the lives of the townspeople and the dance numbers are a delight. The lead role of Tevye is deftly portrayed by the talented Sean Tamburrino. He began his career at the Moonlight Theater and has performed in musicals all throughout the country. His commanding stage presence and beautiful baritone are captivating. Tysa Curry delivers a strong performance as Golde, Tevye’s wife. Her tone of voice and delivery are perfect as the Jewish Mama holding the family together with tough love and humor. Tysa’s many years with the Theater in Temecula are evident in her portrayal. Joshua Cavanaugh as Perchik is a particular favorite as well. His six years of classical vocal training and pending degree in Vocal Performance make him an asset to any stage and he is an equally talented actor and dancer – a true triple threat. Kayla Parker is a revelation as Chava, the third daughter. Although she is 17 years of age, Kayla offers a very mature and impressive performance. Her beautiful voice fills the theater and her commitment to her role is spellbinding.
Do not let the fact that Temecula is a relatively small town dissuade you from experiencing the Theater. This is an exceptionally professional production expertly directed by J. Scott Lapp and choreographed by the talented Gary Iversen. Lapp’s selected directing credits include RENT, Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, The Music Man, Oliver, Christmas Carol, Beauty and the Beast and the list goes on. His upcoming projects include Limelight and the pre-Broadway run of Bonnie & Clyde in Florida. Iversen has choreographed for numerous theatrical venues throughout Southern California, including Disney and the Crystal Cathedral. He was recently honored with an ITL Founder’s Award for Choreography in TVP’s production of 7 Brides for 7 Brothers.
The Old Town Temecula Community Theater is a perfectly intimate venue for this story to play out, and you will be entranced. Please visit: www.temeculatheater.org to purchase tickets.
Showtimes are: Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 7:30 pm and Sunday at 2 pm. The show closes on September 5th.
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Here’s a sneak peak for you: