Ilford dramatic society set to perform the classic, Fiddler on the Roof

PUBLISHED: 10:20 29 November 2012

The Ilford Operatic and Dramatic Society during a dress rehearsal of Fiddler on the Roof.

The Ilford Operatic and Dramatic Society during a dress rehearsal of Fiddler on the Roof.

(c)Shane Cary

A musical set at the turn of the 20th century in Russia, which has wowed audiences worldwide ever since its Broadway debut in the 60s, will be performed on stage in Ilford.

The Ilford Operatic and Dramatic Society will take on the challenge of the internationally acclaimed musical, Fiddler on the Roof, at the Kenneth More Theatre (KMT), Oakfield Road, which will start tonight (Thursday) and run until Sunday.

The group, fresh from their recent run of Singin’ in the Rain, will present the life-affirming story of Tevye, a poor milkman whose love, pride and faith help him face the oppression of Tsarist Russia.

Classic songs include Tradition, If I Were A Rich Man and Sunrise, Sunset.

The society are no strangers to the engaging musical, with this production being the third time the group have brought the show to the local stage.

Jeremy Smith, of Ilford, who will be reprising his role as the lead, said: “I am delighted to once again play the role of Tevye.

“It is a really challenging role, which I loved playing before and am thoroughly enjoying this time round.

“Each director has their own spin on a show, which provides a whole new perspective and this show is really amazing and I’m working with some really talented performers.”

The production also marks the directorial debut of Martin Smith and welcomes back KMT favourite, Jamie Bell, as musical director.

Mr Smith added: “I am delighted to be in the director’s chair, having spent so much time treading the boards myself.

“I have always loved the music in Fiddler on the Roof, and it’s been great to work closely with Jamie to ensure our production is first rate.

“The show has something for everyone – humour, drama and great music. We’ve all worked really hard, and we really hope we’ll be able to fill the theatre with an appreciative audience.”

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