LIGHTS. Overture. Curtain up. Could you be the next Topol, the musical theatre star who made his name playing Tevye the milkman in the smash hit musical Fiddler on the Roof?
Or perhaps you could be one of his head-strong daughters? Either way, Edinburgh Music Theatre is on the hunt for new talent to appear in their spring show, which means you could end up on the stage of the King’s Theatre.
Fiddler on the Roof tells the story of Tevye, a milkman, and his family, trying to remain faithful to tradition as they navigate the stormy waters of life in a Jewish community in Russia during the early years of the 20th century.
Appealing for talented singers, actors and dancers to become the residents of Anatevka, the small village at the heart of the piece, Hazel Beattie, chair of the EMT board, says, “We can’t wait to bring Fiddler on the Roof to the King’s Theatre next year. We’re looking for talented people to join our cast, no matter how much previous experience they have.”
The original production won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, when it premiered on Broadway, and was adapted for the cinema screen in 1971 - the movie quickly became the highest grossing film of that year.
With music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and a book by Joseph Stein, the musical features old favourites such as If I Were a Rich Man and Matchmaker, Matchmaker.
For anyone interested in becoming part of the production, an informal open evening will be held from 7pm on 14 September, at Barclay Viewforth Church, at which local prospective musical theatre stars can meet the production team and learn more about EMT.
Auditions to choose company members will be held three days later on 17 September from 10am to 5pm, with auditions for the lead roles taking place on 21 September. Beattie adds, “EMT is a warm, welcoming group and we love to get to know new people and foster new talent. This is a fantastic opportunity to perform this beautiful musical on a major stage.”
EMT’s production of Fiddler on the Roof will run at the King’s from 5-8 April, 2017, at 7.30pm, with a matinee performance on Saturday 8 April at 2.30pm.
The company was formed in 1982 to perform large-scale musicals in major theatres and past shows have included The Producers, Chess, Boogie Nights, and Sweeney Todd: the Demon Barber of Fleetstreet.
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