Woodstock High School Takes On Musical Theater

Staff writer: Lani Yun

As the end of the school year comes to a close, Woodstock high’s drama production has pulled out all the stops. From big dance numbers, to spot on accents, Woodstock’s “Fiddler on the Roof” had it all. Based on the lives of Jewish citizens in Russia during 1905, the play “Fiddler on the Roof” was not only a hit on Broadway and the big screen when the film first premiered in 1971. But it also drew up some pretty large crowds to the Woodstock auditorium on March 23-25.

From the back rows, the actors and actresses made playing their parts seem effortless, but with all that dancing and singing I knew that it couldn’t have been an easy task to do. So I caught up with Elizabeth Haygood, a sophomore at Woodstock high school, to get an inside look at what it was like on stage.

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A Standing Ovation for the “Fiddler On The Roof” Cast

Lani: So what was it like to take part in the play?

Elizabeth: It was stressful and irritating at some points, but on performance nights everyone was so full of energy and love that it made all the chaos worth it. Our first actual performance was a week before opening night, it was actually an audition for the Schuler Hensley awards show. That was already stressful enough on its own, but everyone ended up getting sick last minute, which meant Justin Theurer (aka Lazar Wolf) had to take on Tevye’s character (the lead role), someone had to take Lazar’s role, and so on, but it turned out amazing nonetheless.

Lani: Did all the castmates get along well? Did you all work well together?

Elizabeth: Personally I’m very close with most of my castmates and the techies that work behind the scenes. But overall everyone works very well with each other and lucky for us there’s always that one person who steps up and takes initiative when needed. It can be hard to create friend ships with your fellow actors at first, especially when they’ve known each other for longer than you have and you’re a newcomer to the drama scene. But a really strong bond tends to develop quickly between people eventually in drama club.

Lani: How long has the drama club spent putting this production together?

Elizabeth: Well, auditions began in early November and we had a pretty good turnout but we didn’t actually start rehearsing until January. Which was actually a mistake but it all worked out in the end and we pulled it together within three months.

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The Cast Takes a Final Bow

And for such a short amount of time, the cast did exceptionally well, even if the play did end up running over by an hour. But I couldn’t simply rely on my own judgement when it came to reviewing this musical. Therefore, I turned to Ashlyn Vanburen, a senior at Woodstock high school, for a second opinion. When I asked what she thought of the play, she told me “Oh I thought it was amazing! Sure it ran kind of long and some instruments were out of tune but the singing parts were really, really good and they all just made it look so easy. I think that for a high school play, they did extremely well.” Personally, I couldn’t agree more and can’t wait to see what they have in store for next year’s theatrics.

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