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Clear Spring HS Drama Club presents 'Fiddler on the Roof'

Clear Spring HS Drama Club presents 'Fiddler on the Roof'

When Elizabeth Lulciuc traveled with fellow members of the Clear Spring High School Drama Club in the fall to see “Fiddler on the Roof” on Broadway, she instantly connected with the character of Golde. 

“That’s when I decided this was the character that I want to be,” she said.

So when the 17-year-old senior was cast in the production, she felt that she could bring personal experience to the sharp-tongued wife of Teyve. 

“I feel like I can relate a lot with her because I come from a very traditional family and although it’s not a Russian family, my family is actually Romanian, so some of the cultures are very similar, I felt I could relate a lot to that,” she said during a break from rehearsals Tuesday night. “And being around my family who reacts the same way to certain things, I would be able to channel that into my character.”

Clear Spring High School Drama Club will present the Tony Award-winning musical, “Fiddler on the Roof,” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7, and Saturday, April 8, and 2 p.m. Sunday, April 9, at the school, off Broadfording Road in Clear Spring. 

The story tells of Teyve, a married father who watches as three of his five daughters decide to marry for love, moving further away from their Jewish heritage. At the same time the family is being forced from their homeland by the tsar. 

Elizabeth, who plans to major in civil engineering in college, said there are many lessons to be learned from “Fiddler on the Roof.”

“I think that just seeing different cultures is a big part of how we are in America, and just trying to accept different values,” she said. “And with this, it’s just a part of history that we want to learn to accept others and see being persecuted can affect a certain group of people. We don’t want to replicate that. And the same time we see how different cultures have to overcome these problems. It just gives motivation to Americans, too.”

Senior Jacob Pugh, 17, plays Teyve. 

“He kind of lives in a life of poverty,” he said. “He’s just a poor milkman and he’s kind of watching his traditions unraveling in front of him.”

When Jacob approached his parents about auditioning for the show, he said his mother, Peggy, was extremely excited because the musical is a longtime favorite of hers. 

Jacob said although he saw that last year’s production of “Grease” was upbeat, there are many lessons to be learned from “Fiddler on the Roof.” He said there are historical lessons that many people don’t know about. 

“It’s turn-of-the-century Russia and it depicts the life of the Jews during this time,” he said. “I think it’s really interesting to actually see this story unravel and learn the history around it.”

This is Jacob’s first turn in a musical, so in addition to the storyline, he had to learn a lot about timing, especially when to start singing.

“It’s not relying on the music to know when to sing, but more on the singer to sing and music is play in the background,” he said. “Sometimes I would find spots I’m listening to the music to come in and really, they were waiting on me to kind of drive the music.”

Jacob, who plans to become a civil engineer, said he’s had fun playing Teyve by “getting down his sense of humor and his references, and the way he words things, the way he handles situations.”

“It’s a very unique character, “ he said, noting that he grew out his beard for the part. “He has a little bit of specialness to him.”

Senior Hannah Delaney, 17, plays Fruma-Sarah.

“I love the humor, but I also love the story,” said Hannah who plans to major in actuary science in college. “The first act has so much humor and is so lively. But the second act calms down and gets into a negative mood, as all of these things happen in the town and they have to leave in the end.”

This show is one of the larger productions the school has staged, and Hannah said it’s great to be able to be with such a large cast. 

“I think it’s cool to be such a group of people because you can have separate little groups within it, but at the same time know that everybody still has your back if something goes wrong and you have all those people cheering you on,” she said. 

Hannah said this show is a way to experience something different. 

“I think it’s a good chance to see another culture and hear another story,” she said.

The biggest lesson from the show, Elizabeth said, is for those in the show themselves both on and off stage. 

“Even the people are producing the show, I think they learn to accept other cultures because in Clear Spring you don’t see a lot of Jewish people. But putting on this production, we’re playing these Jewish people and we have to learn how to cooperate with them and correlate with their traditions and make it part of our character. And that’s just something everybody can learn from.”

If you go ...

WHAT: “Fiddler On The Roof”
WHEN: 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 7 and Saturday, April 8; 2 p.m. Sunday, April 9 
WHERE: Clear Spring High School Auditorium, 12630 Broadfording Road, Clear Spring
COST: $10; $8 for students, senior citizens, and active military. Tickets are available at the door.

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