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Show and Character Descriptions

Show Synopsis Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centers on Tevye, a poor milkman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Forced to flee from their homes and land, Tevye and his fellow villagers persist, preparing to restart their lives in new places. Fiddler on the Roof's universal themes cut across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion and remain relevant today.
Character Descriptions
Tevye: As the narrator and main character of this story, Tevye is the father of five daughters, an impoverished milkman, a leader in his Jewish community, and husband to the headstrong Golde. He is faced with struggles to uphold the traditions of his people, especially through the marriages of his daughters. Tevye is a likeable, hard-working, pious man (somewhat of a dreamer) who sees the positive side of life. He is humourous and usually relaxed, but when pushed, shows stubbornness and rage. Vocal Range: Tenor/Baritone (Ab2 – F5)
Golde: As Tevye’s wife of twenty-five years and mother of his five daughters, Golde is an efficient helpmate and traditionalist, faced with changes of a “new world.” She has a sharp tongue and wit. Her love of family helps her face the challenges that her family encounters. Vocal Range: Mezzo/Alto (A3 – Eb5)
Tzeitel: Tevye and Golde’s eldest daughter in love with Motel. She persuades her father to let her marry Motel in spite of the fact that Tevye has made her a match with Lazar Wolfe who is old enough to be her father. Vocal range: Soprano/Alto (B3 to D5)
Hodel: Tevye and Golde’s second daughter, Hodel falls in love with Perchik and they defy tradition by not seeking her father’s permission to marry, only his blessing. Later, she leaves Anatevka for Siberia to be with the imprisoned Perchik. Vocal Range: Soprano with strong chest voice (B3 – E5)
Chava: Tevye and Golde’s scholarly, third daughter who loves reading. She falls in love with the Russian soldier Fyedka and elopes with him. This huge break from tradition breaks her father’s heart and her family disowns her, until the end when Tevye momentarily acknowledges them. Ballet and/or Lyrical Modern dance training preferred. Vocal Range: Soprano/Alto
Shprintze: Tevye and Golde’s fourth daughter. Vocal Range: Soprano/Alto
Bielke: Tevye and Golde’s youngest daughter. Vocal Range: Soprano/Alto
Yente: The village matchmaker. She is a widow and a meddling busy-body who makes it her business to know all of the town gossip. Strong comedic talents preferred. Vocal Range Soprano/Alto (F3 – F5)
Motel Kamzoil: An impoverished tailor and secretly pledged to Tzeitel, Motel gathers the courage to ask Tevye for her hand in marriage. He feels “even a poor tailor is entitled to some happiness.” They marry and start a family, which also includes the “new arrival” of a sewing machine. Vocal Range: Strong Tenor (E3 - F#4)
Perchik: A radical student from Kiev and later Hodel’s husband, Perchik leaves Anatevka to work for the revolution in Kiev. He is arrested and sent to prison in Siberia. Vocal Range: Tenor (B2 – E4) Lazar Wolf: A rich butcher, widower of Fruma-Sarah, and the man Yente the matchmaker sets as a match for Tzeitel. Vocal Range: Baritone (C3 – F#4)
Grandma Tzeitel: Golde’s deceased grandmother who appears as a ghost in the Dream Sequence. She has a great solo in which she endorses the marriage of Tzeitel to Motel. Vocal Range: Mezzo/Alto (C#4 – D5)
Fruma-Sarah: Lazar Wolf’s dead wife who appears as a ghost in the dream sequence to warn Tevye and Golde not to allow Tzeitel to marry her husband or dire results will befall the family. Vocal Range: Mezzo/Alto (C4 – Eb5)
Fyedka: A Russian soldier who falls in love with Chava, Tevye’s third oldest daughter. He and Chava elope because Tevye cannot accept this total break in Jewish tradition.
Ensemble: Mordcha: An innkeeper;
Rabbi: Anatevka’s Jewish spiritual leader; Mendel: The Rabbi’s son; Constable: A local Russian official, the constable, though he has a good relationship with Tevye, follows his orders to perform an “unofficial demonstration” during Tzeitel and Motel’s wedding, and then forces all the Jewish villagers to leave Anatevka;
Avram: A bookseller;
Nahum: A begger;
Sasha: Fyedka’s friend;
Shandel: Motel’s mother;
Yussel: A hatter;
Villagers of Anatevka, as Mamas, Papas, Sons or Daughters; Russian soldiers; and (of course) The Fiddler

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