On March 4th, at 8 p.m., the non-profit Friends of Chappaqua Performing Arts Center (ChappPAC) will be presenting a concert and conversation with members of the cast of Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish. There is also an opportunity to participate in a meet and greet with the cast after the performance!
A portion of the proceeds from this performance will be donated to UJA’s efforts to help Ukrainian refugees. Tickets can be purchased through the ChappPAC website: chappaquaPAC.org. ChappPAC is located at 480 Bedford Road in Chappaqua.
The 90-minute show will share the story of the how Yiddish “Fiddler” came to be, featuring Zalmen Mlotek, the National Yiddish Theatre Folksbiene’s artistic director and the production’s musical director, who conceived the New York production, along with Merete Muenter, the associate director of the show, and Lauren Jeanne Thomas, the infamous fiddler. The concert will also have several songs and screens with English subtitles.
Cast member Bruce Sabath, was integral in casting this concert along with Michele Gregson, Chair of ChappPAC. “We tried to do this concert two years ago and everything was set and then Covid came along so we put it on hold,” said Bruce Sabath who played Lazar Wolf in the production. “Our shtetl of Anatevka, which is in the Ukraine, has become a real family after all the years we’ve been together with this production. Putting this concert on in Westchester County is really special for us and donating some of the proceeds to help Ukranian refugees gives the performance even more meaning to the cast.”
“ I saw the production this past December and hoped we could resurrect the concert at ChappPAC,” said Michele Gregson. “We are thrilled to be able to bring this incredible version of Fiddler to Northern Westchester, along with many stories shared by the cast of how a small theater production at the Jewish Museum downtown, which was supposed to have a very limited engagement, became such a crowd favorite and played for 18 months and then again for seven weeks in 2022.”
The cast members who are scheduled to appear are: Abby Goldfarb, Ben Liebert, Rosie Jo Neddie, Raquel Nobile, Bruce Sabath, Adam Shapiro, Drew Seigla, Stephanie Seigla, Jodi Snyder, James Monroe Števko, Lauren Jeanne Thomas, Bobby Underwood and Mikhl Yashinsky.
News Courtesy of the Friends of Chappaqua Performing Arts Center. Photo courtesy of “Fiddler on the Roof in Yiddish”