Working as hard as… as a Fiddler on the Roof!

The FHC Spotlight Players prepare for their performance of Fiddler on the Roof.

With third quarter nearing its end, the spring musical, Fiddler on the Roof is in full swing. With 16 songs and over two hour running time, the show is no easy performance. Members of the ensemble are in almost every song, and therefore have lots of choreography and music to learn. Some cast members like AJ Vargas find learning multiple dances difficult, but still finds the experience fun.

“I’m not particularly amazing at choreography, but I still really enjoy it because you’re learning new stuff,” Vargas said. “It’s fun to see [the choreographer] Max do it since he’s so good. And then it’s trying to copy it and get it right.”

When faced with challenges, Jenna Woelfel find ways to work on their parts outside of school.

“Anatevka [is the hardest song for me vocally] because there’s a lot of octave jumps,” Woelfel said. “I have a piano keyboard at home, and so I’ll play the note and then sing to match it and then go through it a couple times.”

With any show, performances come quicker than some realize. This can create panic and nervousness within the cast, and Louis Jesse experiences this.

“[I’m most nervous for] ‘Tradition’. That’s our introduction to everyone. You’re saying ‘This is me’ so I have to make sure I’m not bad.”

But despite all the nerves, the musical brings people together under a shared excitement in regards to their time and effort.

“[I’m most excited for] being with everyone on show nights,” Woelfel said. “Feeling the energy of everyone being excited about all the hard work they put into the show.”

Vargas feels similarly, and is looking forward to seeing how all their hard work has paid off.

“I really want to see how it turns out,” Vargas said. “Especially ‘To Life’ and ‘The Dream’. They’re such iconic scenes in the movie and the musical so I want to see how it all comes together.”