Fiddler On The Rooftop at Potomac State College

By Michael Myers

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     The Theater Department at Potomac State College of West Virginia University has chosen “Fiddler on the Roof” as the major musical for 2016.

     The original Broadway production opened in 1964 and had the first musical theater run in history to surpass 3,000 performances. Fiddler held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years until Grease surpassed its run. It remains Broadway’s sixteenth longest-running show in history.

     Brian Plitnik of Potomac State’s Music Department will produce the performace. Chris McCabe is director, and Kimberly Rowley is choreographer.

     The cast features area community theater veterans, as well as some newcomers. Kevin Shreve of Keyser will portray Tevye, and Karen McCabe will star as Tevye’s wife, Golde.

     Thirteen PSC students are involved in the play, either in the cast, crew, or as an usher.

     Students must balance coursework, jobs and practice time. B.J Sires is an RA, serves on multiple committees including SGA, works in the mail-room and serves as design editor of the Pasquino.

     Sires said, “Time management and memorization are key in being in a production. Many of us are full-time students, have jobs and are involved on campus.”  

     Stage crew member, Ken Powers, has been involved in five Fiddler productions, which include high school and professional productions in Indiana.

     For this production, Powers works with the backstage director, sets props, and keeps actors organized. He plans a career in psychiatry.

“Being on stage is intense emotional therapy.”

     Powers said, “I find that theater and psychology go hand in hand. Being on stage is really intense emotional therapy. It helps you explore emotions you typically are not allowed to exhibit in society.”   

     Show dates for “Fiddler on the Roof” are Friday and Saturday, March 11-12 and 18-19 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, March 13 and 20, at 2:30 p.m. at the Church-McKee Arts Center.

     Tickets are free for Potomac State College Students with ID, $12 for students and $18 for adults (general admission); $14 for students and $20 for adults (reserved seating); and $20 for students and $25 for adults (VIP priority seating and backstage tour).  Group discounts are also available for groups of 10 or more.

Cast List

Kevin Shreve   Tevye 
Karen McCabe    Golde
Morgan Witmer   Tzeitel
Lisa-Anna Maust   Hodel
Skylar Spanburg   Chava
Karlee Witherite   Sphrintze
Jesse Wilson   Motel
Justice Courrier   Perchik
John McConnell   Lazar Wolf
Tommy Nester   Mordcha
Ron Growden   Rabbi
Cody Sheldon   Mendel
Tom Vogtman   Avram
Kimberli Rowley   Yente
Jared Hallow   Nachum
Laurie Bender   Grandma Tzeitel
Danise Whitlock     Fruma-Sarah
Fred Robertson   Constable
Curtis Westfall   Fyedka
Jaiden Courrier   The Fiddler
B.J. Sires   Yussel
Justise Clay   Ensemble
Ali Barrett    Ensemble
Kenneth Powers   Stage Crew
Pierce Miller   Stage Crew
Travon Anderson   Usher
Chandrea Clegett   Usher
Katrina Powers   Usher
Miracle Copeland   Usher
Lea Baker    Assistant