Fiddler on the Roof Debuts at Corvallis High School

fiddlerThe legendary musical, Fiddler on the Roof, has arrived at the Corvallis High School Main Stage Theater, promising to be the biggest show of the scholastic drama program’s season. The show includes not only actors from the high school, but also the greater community. It’s a showcase of our local artists, craftsmen and performers, many of them recognized across the nation and all over the world with awards for their work.

For the unfamiliar, Fiddler is a celebration of the challenges of life, as told from the perspective of Tevye. He’s a poor milkman in a tiny Russian shtetl (basically the old Eastern European version of the projects) trying to marry off his daughters. As lighthearted comedic musicals go, it tackles some heavy material. It’s sort of like Father of the Bride meets Pride and Prejudice, but with more looming anti-Semitism and implied violence. Things get real pretty darn fast on the streets of early 20th century Anatevka.

The part of Tevya, made famous by legendary Jewish actors Zero Mostel on stage and Chaim Topol on film, will be played by CVHS senior, Nolan Lunsford.

This is the perfect chance for those of you who recognize the famous refrain from the most remembered number in the show (Tradition!), but have only been pretending all these years to know what it’s actually about.

Fiddler on the Roof runs from Thursday, Feb. 20 through Sunday, March 9, with shows on Friday and Saturday nights at 7:00 p.m. and matinees at 2:00 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Ticket prices are $10 for adults, $8 for students, and $5 for youth 11 and under. For more information visit

by Ygal Kaufman