Fiddler auditions

Sep 3 2016 | By More

EMT casting call for Fiddler on the Roof

Edinburgh Music Theatre has put out a casting call for singers, actors and dancers as it moves to the Kings Theatre for its April 2017 production of Fiddler on the Roof.

The local amateur company will be holding an informal open evening on September 14 for existing and prospective members to meet the production team of director Ian Hammond Brown and MD Paul Gudgin and hear their ideas for the production.

Leo's daydream: Jerrard Doran with showgirls and accountants. Photo: Alan Potter

Some of The Producers’ cast – Jerrard Doran with showgirls and accountants. Photo: Alan Potter

Company auditions will be held on 17 September with auditions for principal and named roles on 21 September. The open meeting and auditions will all be held in the company’s regular rehearsal venue in the Barclay Viewforth Church Centre, Wrights Houses.

Set in the small Russian village of Anatevka, Fiddler on the Roof follows the story of Tevye, a poor milkman, and his family as they try to stick to traditions while navigating the stormy waters of life in a Jewish community in Russia during the early years of the 20th Century.

Premiering in 1964, the musical features music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and a book by Joseph Stein. Based on Tevye and His Daughters, a series of stories by Sholem Aleichem, the original production bagged nine Tony awards, including Best Musical, while the 1971 film adaptation was the highest grossing film of that year.

talented people

Hazel Beattie, chair of the EMT board, said: “We can’t wait to bring Fiddler on the Roof to the King’s Theatre next year. We’re looking for talented people to join our cast, no matter how much previous experience they have.

“EMT is a warm, welcoming group and we love to get to know new people and foster new talent. This is a fantastic opportunity to perform this beautiful musical on a major stage.”

The Chess Game. Photo Alan Potter, StagePics

EMT’s production of Chess. Photo Alan Potter, StagePics

Performances of Fiddler on the Roof will take place in the King’s Theatre Edinburgh on 5-8 April at 7:30pm, with a matinee performance on Saturday 8 April at 2.30pm. Tickets are already available through the King’s Theatre website.

All cast members should have good availability for Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings from October until April for rehearsals. They should also make sure that they are fully available for all evenings of show week and the Saturday preceding it. The minimum age for joining EMT is 16,

EMT was formed in 1982 to perform large-scale musicals in major theatres. The company perform a yearly musical and also present two cabaret shows at the Fringe.

This is the first time the company has staged a show at the King’s for several years. Recent years’ shows at the Church Hill Theatre have included: The Producers, Chess: The Musical, Boogie Nights, How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying and Sweeney Todd (click on the name to go to Æ’s reviews).

Listings & Links

Fiddler on the Roof Open Evening
Barclay Viewforth Church Centre, 1 Wrights Houses, Edinburgh, EH10 4HR.
Wednesday 14 September: 7pm
Just turn up or put a note in the Facebook event page:

Fiddler on the Roof Auditions
Barclay Viewforth Church Centre, 1 Wrights Houses, Edinburgh, EH10 4HR.
Company Auditions:
Saturday 17 September Between 10am-5pm
Principal Auditions:
Wednesday 21 September

Fiddler on the Roof
King’s Theatre, 2 Leven Street EH3 9LQ
Wednesday 4 – Saturday 8 April 2017
Evenings: 7.30pm.
Matinee, Saturday 8: 2pm.
Tickets and details:

Purchase the music on Amazon: Music selections
Purchase the DVD/Blu-ray on Amazon: DVD versions
Download the music from Amazon: MP3 downloads

EMT website:
EMT facebook page: edinburghmusictheatre


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