“Fiddler” picked as summer musical

Walla Walla Community College Foundation goes with tradition in choosing the large-cast Broadway smash.

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WALLA WALLA — Playgoers here love and reward tradition, so Walla Walla Community College Foundation is going to serve it up big this summer with its presentation of “Fiddler on the Roof” for the 2014 outdoor summer musical.

The show debuted on Broadway in 1964. Its story revolves around Tevye, a father of five daughters, and his attempt to maintain Jewish customs for his family as the larger world gains influence upon their lives in tsarist Russia.

The musical is laden with tradition and more, which Walla Wallans have made clear they treasure, said Denise Marr, administrative assistant for the foundation.

“We did a survey last year at the end of season of online ticket buyers and the cast and crew and we found out some really interesting things,” she said.

By mining the survey’s answers, foundation officials discovered not everyone has made the connection that the WWCC summer musical is one and the same with the family-friendly, outdoor amphitheater event at Fort Walla Walla, Marr said. The survey also revealed that shows with large casts and family-friendly storylines are key to robust attendance.

“And people like being familiar with the music,” she added.

That all adds up to “Fiddler on the Roof,” which can accommodate a cast of 100 or so.

“We’ve done it two times before, in 1986 and in 1994, and both times they had great attendance,” Marr said.

A pre-audition meeting is set for 7 p.m. Feb. 21 at the college’s performing arts building. Auditions will be the last week of March, rehearsals begin in April and the show will be on stage on selected days from July 10 to July 26.

Sheila Hagar can be reached at sheilahagar@wwub.com or 526-8322.

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