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How Fiddler has Adapted

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Isaac Critchfield
Ending of Lafayette’s performance of “Fiddler On The Roof” in Beeler Auditorium on January 25th, 2024.

Fiddler on the Roof is a famous musical commonly known for its theme of Jewish tradition, with the plot line exploring Jewish identity, costumes, and relationships. The musical occurs in a Jewish community in pre-revolutionary war Russia with a poor milkman determined to find husbands for his five daughters. This musical requires a large cast of 135 students, from actors to stage crew to musicians.

While starting work on the musical, an issue emerged in the Beeler Auditorium. On December 8th, 2023, Beeler Auditorium caught fire from a chemical fire caused by a wood stain. No one was harmed, and the sprinklers quickly contained the fire, but students began working on the set and props for Fiddler on the Roof. Sadly, fire and water damage had been made throughout Beeler and the connected classroom.

Students then had to relocate temporarily into different music rooms to continue working on the musical. “We were pretty lucky to be only out for about a week, and our wonderful friends in the music department let us borrow the orchestra room,” Lafayette theater teacher Ms. Gorrell said.

Thankfully, winter break was near, and repairs began. These repairs included fixing parts of the backstage area and repainting all of it. Although many repairs could be done, replacements, such as power tools and some of the curtains that sustained water damage from the sprinklers, still need to be made. The theater teachers and administration are currently figuring out the price of replacements. Ms. Gorrell commented, “We have to make a spreadsheet of how much everything costs and how much it will be to replace it.”

A handful of cast members said that the fire and NTI (non-traditional instruction) slowed down the show and made the final days feel more rushed. Some of the cast members took advantage of the empty auditorium, and while they were taking a break, they took naps in any comfortable place. So despite their typical work environment needing to be repaired and stress from having to help clean it up, “Fiddler on the Roof” had six successful showings, with audiences ranging from students to the public.

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About the Contributors
Harper Hudkins, Staff Writer

Harper is a freshman at Lafayette High School. When they are not busy at school or doing gymnastics, you can see them trying out for school plays, reading, or just listening to music. They have a multitude of hobbies and will talk to you about them at the most random moments. They are very excited to write for the Times.

Isaac Critchfield, Photography Editor
Isaac Critchfield is a sophomore at Lafayette High School enrolled in the SCAPA program, majoring in visual arts. This is Isaac’s second year in Journalism and he strives to contribute with his cartoons and photography. Isaac likes to dive and rock climb and frequently enjoys video games and doing art. Isaac is a part of the Lafayette swim and dive team and would like to join the volleyball team this spring. Isaac’s goals for this year are to continue his cartoon series “Get With The Times” and become a copy editor for the Journalism team.