Bringing back ‘Fiddler’

Maryville High School production is encore for drama teacher

The three younger sisters anticipate the wedding. From left are Allison Short, Jackie Keeney and Katie McCroskey.

Photo by Jolanda Jansma

The three younger sisters anticipate the wedding. From left are Allison Short, Jackie Keeney and Katie McCroskey.

Sherry Petrowski was a little nervous but, in the end, her students delivered.

The Maryville High School drama teacher was bitten by the “Fiddler on the Roof” bug back when her students put on the production more than 10 years ago.

She and Choral director Dr. Ken Hawkins led students in that year’s production, and she has good memories.

“Dr. Hawkins and I did ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ in 1999, and, for me personally, it was the musical where the magic of theater hit me. I had such great, fond memories of it , so when Dr. Hawkins suggested we revisit ‘Fiddler’ this year, I thought it was fantastic idea,” she said. “The downside for me personally was I have such great memories and feelings of ‘Fiddler’ from years ago and I didn’t want to be let down. I’ll tell you what, that hasn’t been the case.”

The students didn’t let her down in how they tackled the production. “I’m glad we went with it,” said Petrowski. “We have real strong students in lead roles and really great supporting roles, and the students have not disappointed,” she said.

Petrowski said the students started production the first week of school after winter break. “Dr. Hawkins and I don’t get these students until after Christmas. We started the first week with auditions, casting and then we go from there,” she said. “We’re on schedule in spite of missing a week of days due to weather.”

The teacher said students seem to be enjoying getting ready for opening night, which is Friday, March 4.

“The kids have been extremely enthused about this because primarily there are so many fantastic roles and characters in this production - male and female roles, singers, non-singers, dancers and non-dancers,” she said. “Everybody is involved to a degree where they all feel ownership.”

Hawkins will be directing the music for the performances. “We’ll have our live full student orchestra, and we’re very proud to showcase them as well as the kids on stage,” she said. “They’ve worked hard, too.”

The production will be held in the Maryville High School auditorium. Show times and dates are 7:30 p.m. March 4 and 5 and at 2:30 p.m. March 6.

Tickets are $10 adults and $7 for students and will go on sale the week of the show in the lobby of the auditorium during school hours. Advanced purchases are encouraged.

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