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Lionheart Theatre presents 'Fiddler on the Roof'

IF YOU GO

• What: “Fiddler on the Roof”

• When: Nov. 2-18

• Where: Lionheart Theatre, 10 College St., Norcross

• Cost: $12 to $15

• For more information: Visit www.lionhearttheatre.org

NORCROSS -- Join Tevye, Golde and Yente in the classic tale of "Fiddler on the Roof" at Lionheart Theatre.

For Producing Artistic Director Tanya Caldwell, this play has personal significance for her.

"I did this show in high school and it was the show that made me fall in love with theater. Not necessary in the acting field, but being involved in some way," she said. "In the back of my head, this play has haunted me wanting me to do it. Once I saw we could do 'Big River,' I knew we could do 'Fiddler.'"

Together with Director Myrna Feldman and Musical Director John Jones, Caldwell has put together a team of actors, musicians and dancers to bring this tale to life.

"Fiddler" was first released in 1964 on Broadway and the story follows Tevye, a poor Jewish milkman with five daughters who lives by tradition and his Jewish morals in an ever changing world. He is constantly trying to stick with his old ways while his girls are becoming more modernized in front of his eyes.

Even though this play was released more than 45 years ago, people are still familiar with the performance, according to Caldwell.

"Everyone in this show know the show. I don't know many people who don't know it," she said. "It's something everyone knows. It's very popular right now (with other local theaters)."

The crew will perform the show in its entirety, including the songs "If I Were a Rich Man," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" and "Do You Love Me?"

Through the tunes and plot, the audience will walk away with several messages said Caldwell.

"Well, there is that family tie are strong even in adversity, you can't tell your children what to do and there are changes in traditions," she said. "As much as we grab on to our family traditions, there is always change and you never know what's in the future."

And this family friendly musical is beginning to sell out -- fast.

"The minute these tickets went on our website, two nights sold out and half of another is sold," Caldwell said. "The show is selling out so fast that we may add two more productions."

Nov. 10 and 17 are sold out. Dessert is included with admission.