Local pastor stars in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’

Gary Guptill (Tevye) on the chair, Tim Truebenbach (Lazar Wolf) on right, and in back, from left, Tom Kase (Mordcha), Skip Solle (Nachum) and David McKeen (Avram) rehearse a scene from “Fiddler on the Roof.” Photo supplied

Gary Guptill (Tevye) on the chair, Tim Truebenbach (Lazar Wolf) on right, and in back, from left, Tom Kase (Mordcha), Skip Solle (Nachum) and David McKeen (Avram) rehearse a scene from “Fiddler on the Roof.” Photo supplied

Play Inc. Community Theatre will be performing “Fiddler on the Roof” on Friday, Feb. 8, at 7 p.m.; Saturday, Feb. 9, at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m.; and Sunday, Feb. 10, at 2 p.m., at the Richard G. Hardy Performing Arts Center at Cambridge-Isanti High School.

Gary Guptill, senior pastor Trinity Lutheran Church in North Branch, will play the role of Tevye.

The story of “Fiddler on the Roof” is about Tevye, a poor dairyman, who lives in the little village of Anatevka and tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia.

Rich in historical and ethnic detail, “Fiddler on the Roof” touches audiences around the world with its humor, warmth and honesty. Its universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness. The celebrated score by Jerry  Bock and Sheldon Harnick features beloved songs such as “Sunrise, Sunset,” “If I Were A Rich Man,” and “Matchmaker,” to name a few.

The cast is the largest since Play Inc.’s inception and includes some well-known members of the community.

Tickets are available in advance by purchasing online at showtix4u.com. Tickets are $8 for students/seniors and $10 for adults. Tickets will also be available at the door for an additional $2 per ticket.

This activity is made possible by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the East Central Regional Arts Council thanks to a legislative appropriation from the arts and cultural heritage fund.

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