Taste of Broadway at Christ’s Hospital

Christ's Hospital production of Fiddler on the Roof (photo by Toby Philips)
Christ's Hospital production of Fiddler on the Roof (photo by Toby Philips)

The applause from the packed theatre at Christ’s Hospital School was prolonged following the production of Fiddler on the Roof which ran for three nights.

Fiddler on the Roof is set in Tsarist Russia in 1905 and is based on Tevye and his Daughters by Sholem Aleichem.

The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives.

Melanie Bloor-Black, director of drama at CH, said: “It has long been an ambition of mine to stage Fiddler on the Roof.

“It is an intriguing piece of theatre, yes it is a musical - yet it has all the nuances of a high end straight play.

“The piece is made all the more resonant with the current conflict in the Middle East, the themes eliciting sympathy for every race, gender and culture alienated and vilified.

“My dream was only been made possible through my appointment to the post of director of Drama in September as this put in place all the necessary ingredients for a show of this calibre to succeed.

“The most vital component were my cast who have been one of the most hard working, willing and talented group of students it has been my good fortune to work with. Their dedication and good will has been exemplary.”

She praised the musical director Andrew Clearly, and the rest of her department, including David Saunders, Caroline Kelley, and Neil O’Brian.

She added: “There are so many high points that, to quote a member of the audience, ‘it would be invidious to pick anyone person out, everyone was exceptional.

“For me it was the ensemble playing that marked out the piece. Everyone knew who they were, where they had been, where they were going and what their thoughts were on everything happening in their little village of Anatevka. Everyone played their part to perfection, contributing fully rounded performances to the production.”