The Play is Back and Better than Ever!

By Aedan and Benjamin

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The middle school’s annual play is back! This year’s production is "Fiddler on the Roof," and everyone is really excited for the performance. Mrs. Brewer, Mr. Romas, and Mr. Kinsley have been working hard with the performers and band to create a fabulous presentation. The play will be taking a modern twist by taking place in the sixties, and Ms. Brewer has re-written the script to make the play more enjoyable and fun for both the actors and the audience.

Mrs. Brewer has worked hard to rewrite and jazz up the old Fiddler on the Roof. She is very devoted to this year’s play, she is doing everything she can to make Fiddler on the Roof the best play Portland Jewish Academy has ever had.

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Mr. Romas and Mrs. Brewer agree that the play is a great opportunity for the students and that it is also a big commitment. This year is also the first year that the school play practice is being held after school. There are also many volunteers and school faculty helping out with the production and a lot of students will be able to help build the set. “I think it’s a great opportunity to do something fun together and to participate in some hands on learning, and to put together a product they can be proud of and show it to their community,” said Mr. Romas.

The play was scheduled for June 6th; however this date conflicted with graduations and needed to be changed. The play is now scheduled for June 7th. Much work still needs to be done, but the finished play will definitely be one to remember. Mrs. Brewer said, “I’m tired, it’s a long day but I think I wouldn’t do it if I didn’t love it.” I think everyone in the play agrees.

Fiddler on the Roof is a classic play that everyone loves. The director, Mrs. Brewer said, “I think Fiddler on the Roof is about change and tradition, and about reaching past generational divides and trying to find common ground.” Quoted from the actual play “Some may say every one of us is a fiddler on the roof trying to make out a pleasa
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nt simple tune without breaking our neck.” I think this quote symbolizes that in order to live in life it needs to be a balanced life. Fiddler on the Roof does have some balance in the people’s lives, like for instance Tevye. He is a poor salesman but he has a good life. A line that Tevye says is “God why do break my car on this day of all, Shabbat? Why do you curse me? Well you have blessed me with all girls and a wonderful wife, but sometimes I think when you are bored you say to yourself 'Now what mischief can I cause to my friend Tevye today?'” I think this quote said by Tevye symbolizes that everything in life is balanced.

PJA’s Middle School cast for the school play is…
Tevye: Daniel
Lazar Wolf: Maxwell
Motel: Zachary
Perchik: Moses
Fyedka: Paxton
Rabbi: Benjamin
Mendel the Rabbi’s son: Aedan
Golde: Annie
Yente: Rachael
Tzeitel: Sarah
Hodel: Zoe
Chava: Estee
Shprintze: Eleanor
Bielke: Lea
Shandel: Sophie
Malka: Emma
Avital: Hannah G.
Naomi: Hannah M.
A village woman: Sarit
The Fiddler: Bettine