Thursday, March 28, 2024


Mackay and Whitsunday Life

A Timeless Tale Of Tradition And Community

Winner of 9 Tony Awards when it debuted in 1964, Fiddler on the Roof is the brainchild of Broadway legends, Jerome Robbins and Harold Prince; songwriters, Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick; and book writer, Joseph Stein. Touching audiences worldwide with its humour, warmth and honesty, this universal show is a staple of the musical theatre canon. Next month, the Mackay Choral Society is bringing this classic to the CQCM Theatre over three days.

Set in the little village of Anatevka, the story centres on Tevye, a poor milkman, and his five daughters. With the help of a colourful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instil them with traditional values 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's universal theme of tradition cuts across barriers of race, class, nationality and religion, leaving audiences crying tears of laughter, joy and sadness.

Isobel Gillman said that cast members, chorus and musicians have been busy rehearsing since January under the expert direction of Nicole Thomson and Ken Brown and our invaluable accompanist Professor Judith Brown AM.

“The production crew are pushing ahead with sets, props and costumes ready to bring you a polished show with wonderful singing,” she said.

“We will even have a real live Fiddler on the Roof!

“Ken Brown is magnificent as Tevye supported by his lovely wife Golde (Cecilia Hyde) and the antics of their five daughters and various boyfriends will have you laughing and crying!

“The evergreen Ken Martin OAM will be front of stage as usual and we are delighted that many of our new, younger members have thrown themselves enthusiastically into supporting this production.”

What: Mackay Choral Society is proud to present Fiddler on the Roof
When: Friday 5th April 2024 at 7:30PM, Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th April 2024 at 2:00PM
Where: CQCM Theatre, 151 Boundary Road, Ooralea Qld 4740
Ticket Prices: Adult $35, Concession $30, Children $20
Book at: or call 0422 264 397

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