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Fiddler brings the house down

 The Priory's 2014 production Fiddler on the Roof played to near sell-out audiences on both nights.

The musical is set in Tsarist Russia in 1905 and is based around a small Jewish family living in the little village of Anatevka.

The story centres on Tevye, a poor milkman, the father of five daughters and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope with both the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters; each one's choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith- and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village.

For Tevye, his life is based on one and one thing only: tradition. And without it? As he says himself, "Our lives would be as shaky as a fiddler on the roof."

The show itself is an extended metaphor and through song and dance illustrates that, like a fiddler on the roof, life is a balancing act: a precarious journey filled with challenges, but also containing a share of pleasure and happiness.

After hours of auditions, practising and rehearsing, the show was complete and ready for lights, camera, action.

"Being a Russian speaker, I can confidently say the accents and the acting that went with the show was fantastic," said Assistant Head Mr Brown.

"It allowed everyone to shine in so many different ways, from the stage and lighting crew to the actors and singers themselves."

One member of the audience said the production was so good, they felt they had to go back for the second night. Another said: "All their hard work really paid off."

A member of the chorus said afterwards that everyone was now looking forward to next year's musical. Mr Brown had a final word for the cast: "Remember - in life, the only lasting tradition is change."

    The Priory Federation of Academies, Lincoln