I was lucky enough to catch a fabulous preview of Gold Coast Little Theatre's latest show - Fiddler on the Roof.
Fiddler is the story of Tevye, his wife Golde and their five daughters. Tevye has dreams of fortune for himself and his family, and good marriages for his daughters. Marriages are arranged by the Papas, but Tevye's daughters want to choose their own husbands that he feels are unworthy. What does he do to keep his daughters (and wife) happy while saving face in the village?
This classic musical was done beautifully by director Julanne Shearer. The set was simple and clever. The large cast of 30 weaved their way around each other with ease.
I could not take my eyes off Stuart Lumsden, as Tevye. He captured every scene with his hilarious comic timing and brilliant singing.
I loved that alot of the songs are ones that I knew; in fact, I found it difficult not to sing along with some.
Other actors I thought were fabulous were Michael Gallegos as quiet but determined Motel, Chantelle Wright as sweet Hodel, Sue Randazzo as overbearing Golde, and Angel Emanuelli who was playing the part of Tzeitel for the evening (was the understudy) and did a fabulous job.
There were a few missed lines, but I am sure that was first night nerves. The first act is a little lengthy, at 1.5 hours, and made for a long line for the ladies bathroom come intermission.
I don't think this is a play for youngsters as it is not 'light and bright' enough to keep their attention, but it is a great night out for teens and adults.
Fiddler on the Roof is on until 29 September. Tickets can be purchased on 5532 2096 on the website.