Our next Spring production

 

Fiddler on the Roof

@ The Elgiva Theatre,

April 2019.

 

Winner of nine Tony Awards at its debut in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof is the brainchild of Broadway legends, Jerome Robbins and Harold Prince; songwriters, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; and book-writer, Joseph Stein. Touching audiences worldwide with its humour, warmth and honesty, this universal show is a staple of the musical theatre canon. Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centres on Tevye, a poor milkman, and his five daughters.

 

With the help of a colourful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instil them with traditional values in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia. Rich in historical and ethnic detail, Fiddler on the Roof's universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.

 

 

 

CMTC is a Musical Theatre group and we are always looking out for new talent both on stage and behind the scenes - one cannot happen without the other, after all.

For onstage performance you will need to be able to demonstrate at least basic singing ability; there is an audition in front of the committee when you first join the company. This is to get to know you and confirm your singing talents. Then there are acting, singing and dance auditions for roles in each show and these are in front of an audition panel.

There are many different backstage roles that all need to be filled, which range from stage management to lighting design and operation to art and programme design to set building; this last is a great way to learn to handle tools at the same time as building camaraderie. There are roles for makeup, hair, front of house; these all depend upon willing volunteers and are vital for the smooth running of a show.

Social activities too: the company strives to be a social hub as well as a theatrical producer and members are always welcome to help out with time, ideas, etc. Sometimes an event might have the aim of raising funds for a given production, but at other times it is just for the sake of a good old get-together. Barbecues, quiz nights, theatre trips, picnics - these are just a few examples.

Get in touch with us for any of these roles by email or telephone and go here for information on membership fees and show levies. We keep these as low as possible, but operating costs have to be met for the company to continue to produce the shows for which we are known.

Please note that, although children are able to take part in shows, performers must have had their 16th birthday before the start of a show week to be eligible for full membership."

 

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