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Northern Light Opera to present 'Fiddler on the Roof'

The story of "Fiddler on the Roof" centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain family and religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope with both the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters and the Tzar's edict that evicts the Jews from their village.

After the musical premiered on Broadway in 1964, it won nine Tony Awards, including best musical, score, book, direction and choreography. The musical spawned a successful 1971 film adaptation and revivals have enjoyed enduring international popularity with Fiddler on the Roof's ageless story of tradition and change.

The lyrics of "Matchmaker," "If I Were a Rich Man," "Sunrise, Sunset" and "Anatevka" are among those that are poignant and well remembered.

Fiddler on the Roof will be the Northern Light Opera Company's eighth annual summer presentation this year. The production begins Friday, July 31 at 7 p.m. Additional performances will be at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 1; Thursday, Aug. 6 and Friday, Aug. 7. Matinee performances will be at 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 2 and Saturday, Aug. 8. All performances will be held at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.

As a bonus for audiences attending productions Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and 2, Sharon and Allen Friedman of Park Rapids will talk about Jewish traditions. Their presentations will start one hour prior to the shows in the Area High School commons. Those who attend will be able to hold a seat in the auditorium.

Previous productions of the NLOC include Trial by Jury and The Telephone, Pirates of Penzance, Ruddigore, The Mikado, Oliver, Oklahoma and Into the Woods.

A grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature partially funded this year's production of Fiddler on the Roof.

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