Written Joseph Stein. Directed by Bob Petersen

Performed on Tuesday 23 March - Saturday 27 March 2010 at Pentyrch Village Hall


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Fiddler on the Roof is a musical, set in Tsarist Russia in 1905 - music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and book by Joseph Stein. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. Tevye is a milkman in Tsarist Russia, whose equilibrium is constantly being challenged by his poverty, the prejudicial attitudes of non-Jews, and the romantic entanglements of his five daughters. Whenever the weight of the world becomes too much for him, Tevye carries on lengthy conversations with God, who does not answer but is at least more willing to listen than the milkman's remonstrative wife Golde. After arranging a marriage between his oldest daughter Tzeitel and wealthy butcher Lazar Wolf, Tevye is forced to do some quick rearranging when the girl falls in love with poor tailor Motel Kamzoil. Fancying himself more broad-minded than his gentile oppressors, Tevye cannot accept the notion that his other daughter Chava would want to marry Fyedka, a non-Jew. And after shouting the praises of "tradition," Tevye must change his tune-and his entire life-when he and his neighbors are forced out of Anatevka by the Czar's minions.

NODA Review (by Derek Grattidge on behalf of Frank Wooles)

This show needs a strong line up of primcipals and chorus and on the whole Bob Petersen had assembled just that, with several appearing with Hilltop for the first time. So much depends on the right choice of Tevye and Mike Beavan who has played many roles with other Societies was just that. Mike has a fine singing voice and the show stopping number If I Were a Rich Man was given the full treatment. I was also pleased that his conversations with God were not played to the front row of the audience as so often happens.He was well supported by Amanda Campbell as Golde The three elder daughters played by Fleur Greening, Victoria Walters and Abigail Dawson were convincing in their individual roles. The night I was present there did seem to be a few problems with the sound system which I am sure was sorted. Tim Driscoll - another newcomer with considerable experience with other Societies - made a good tailor - Motel. Tim has a pleasant stage presence which puts others around him, and the audience at ease. Liam Daly as Perchik was sound in song and dialogue. Incidentally this was the first time I had seen Perchik wearing a prayer shawl. Steve Williams made the most of his part of the Rabbi I thought Martyn Lench was an excellent Lazor Wolf. I have known Martyn for many years but this was by far his best part I have seen him play. Right in character in spite of having to wear a flat cap! All the minor principals played their parts and were well supported by a large chorus. A special mention for choreographer Laura Hallas for coping with a large Company on such a small stage. When I heard that Linda Coombes was the M/D I knew the music was in safe hands. The small group of very talented youngsters made a very pleasant sound for the whole of the performance and never dominated the cast. So well done Hilltop. Another triumph! I look forward to your next production


Tevye                               Mike Beavan

Golde                               Amanda Campbell

Tzeitel                              Fleur Greening

Hodel                               Victoria Walters

Chava                              Abigail Dawson

Schprintze                     Alice Liney

Bielke                              Megan Dodson

Yente                               Karen Thomas

Motel                                Tim Driscoll

Perchik                            Liam Daly

Lazar Wolf                      Martyn Lench

Mordcha                         Iain Campbell

Rabbi                               Steve Williams

Mendel                            Mark Gerry

Avram                              Simon Jones

Nachum                          Richard Jones

Yussel                             Phil Davies

Grandma Tzeitel           Karen Claridge

Fruma Sarah                 Angela Driscoll

Constable                      Dai Williams

Fyedka                           Connor Brewer

Shaindel                        Pat Beavan

The Fiddler                   Simon Carter

The Company 

Becky Church
Sue O Halloran
Lynne Newbury
Laura Hallas
Roz Jones
Hugh Ritchens
Brenda Slaugher
Anna Constantinou
Jan Stapleton
Eleanor Brewer
Bethany Petersen
Harris Beavan
Sian Williams
Nicola Shanahan
Julia Lewis
Emma Larder
Hannah Roberts
Libby Beavan
Davron Hicks
Sara Pickard
Jenna Claridge
Bethan Thomas
Ceri Rawlings
Luke Davey

Production Team 

Director and Producer                       Bob Petersen

Assistant Director                              Anne Morris

Musical Director                                 Linda Coombes

Choreography                                    Laura Hallas

Band                                                   Linda Coombes, Zoe Western, Mike Hill, Andrew Western, Lucy Millership,

                                                            Louisa Sham, Lizzie Hunt, Sam Williams,  Simon Carter                                                    

Stage Manager                                 Llwyd Herniman

Set Design & Construction             Wayne Brewer, Llwyd Herniman, Rhys Stapleton,  Andreas Constantinou

Wardrobe                                         Jan  Stapleton, Ros Jones

Backstage Support                         Nathan Brown, Huw Williams

 Properties                                       Steve Williams, Lynne Newbury

 Business Manager                         Richard Jones

Programme                                      Dai Williams

Marketing                                         Richard Jones

House Manager                               Bob Petersen

Bar Manager                                    Iain Campbell, Ray Claridge

Front of House                                 Members and Friends of Hilltop

Box Office                                        Brenda Slaughter