SMCSU’s performance of Jerry Brock and Joseph Stein’s classic musical Fiddler on The Roof can be summed up in a single word: magical.
The cast raced seamlessly through the musical’s story set in the traditional Russian village of Anatevka in 1905. Within the village, the patriarch Tevye must learn to let his daughters choose their own paths in life — regardless of the village’s ancient tradition.
The vocals were outstanding across the board, but the spotlight belonged to Michael and Nicole Bazzocchi, as Tevye and Yenta respectively. The choreography showcased the distinct talents of the different cast members. Musical director Christopher O’Heir, kept the audience engaged throughout the entire performance.
Director Jeffrey Kennes illustrated the humor of the show by emphasizing the scripts antiquated gender roles and traditions. A comedic highlight of the show was the incorporation of Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” into the performance.
SMCSU has managed to deliver a unique rendition of a musical theatre classic, with enough laughter and heart to win over the most cynical theater-goer.