DU students begin rehearsing for Fiddler on the Roof musical performance

 Did you know about Fiddler?

                When asking around the DU campus if they had heard of the musical Fiddler on the Roof, a large portion of students were at least acquainted with the musical on some level. Some students knew all of the songs; some knew the basic story line and some had simply heard the name. Yet when asked if they knew that DU students were putting on this show at the Lamont School of Music, most students had no idea.DSC_0020

                With athletics and Greek life on the spotlight of the DU event calendar, students hosting other types of events might get less publicity or smaller audiences.  As a whole, most students believe there are only a few ways they are aware about events such as Fiddler on the Roof. “Unless you’re directly involved in the music school, or have a really close friend in a show, or are in a class where you get points for going, you probably won’t know about or go to the shows at DU” said sophomore Kirby Ann Connell.

 

Work hard, showtime!

                Most DU students who have not been involved in theatre productions are not aware of the time commitment a show requires. After sitting in on a rehearsal, I realized how much work is put into each element of the show. Vibrant and passionate director, Pamyla Steihl, works individually with each cast member to perfect every component of a scene.

                During the rehearsing of the song “Tradition” she separated the students into groups: the fathers, the mothers, the sons, and the daughters. First, she taught each group their individual choreography to go along with their song lines. Patiently, she went over the choreography with each group until they had mastered their steps. After each group had learned their steps and placement on the stage, she allowed them to rehearse the song as a whole.  Over and over they rehearsed each piece of the song for three hours. Needless to say, it was turning into a true work of art, improving by the minute.

 

Emily Keil, a passionate performer

         Emily Keil, a sophomore vocal performance major sat down to chat about her personal experiences in with the DU theatre. Keil plays the part of Hodel, Tevye’s second oldest daughter. Not only does Keil rehearse as a group, but individual as well. “As a group, I would say that we rehearse 12-15 hours a week, depending on where we are in the rehearsal process. As the show dates approach, rehearsal time definitely increases. As an individual, I probably spend 2-3 hours per week running lines and learning my music for the show.”

          Keil shared her thoughts about DU students’ knowledge and attendance to these shows. “Overall, I think that there is a general lack of knowledge about these shows; DU students might know about these performances in the back of their minds because they saw a flyer or something, but are more likely to come see it if they know someone performing in the shows. It’s my opinion that having that personal connection with someone in the cast encourages people to attend. Personally, I am so fortunate to have a fantastic group of friends and family who are always eager to show their support at my performances. I’d say a typical crowd is made up of family, DU students, and people who love musical theatre. I do think that many DU students would love the work that is being done by these talented music and theater students so if they can attend a performance, we’d love their support.”

          DU students’ should make an effort to see the passion and life these students bring to the stage. From 7 to 10 PM on weeknights, they work non-stop for this performance. The rehearsals are filled with laughter and energy, even amidst mistakes and stumbles. “Frankly, there is no place I’d rather be than on a stage. When I’m performing, I feel at home . . . Everything else that’s going on in my life melts away and I am able to just lose myself in the music and story line of my character. In my opinion, it always makes a production feel more worthwhile if your friends, family, and fellow peers are there to support you. There’s no greater feeling than seeing their smiling faces watch and hopefully enjoy your performance.”

          Alongside many other talented students, Keil is very grateful for the opportunity to work with an extremely gifted cast. “Being part of a cast like this is such a magical experience and will be one I will remember for years to come”.

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Brian Goetzinger, an incredible talent

 

                Sophomore , Brian Goetzinger, balances the roles of being a full-time student, residential assistant, and musical performer. In this performance, plays the rabbi and the Russian tavern soloist. “We have three hour rehearsals ever Monday thru Friday, but that’s not including finding your character, learning your lines and music, and practicing your dance moves.

 

                When asked if he thought students knew about the performance “I feel like they may not know, but I’m surely going to do my part in getting the word out” he said excitedly.  “I feel like it is harder to get DU students at this rather than sporting events. . . due to the fact that there aren’t as many opportunities to get to the even, it’s not weekly ya know? It’s also harder to draw people to get here, as many think theatre and music aren’t as entertaining as sporting events, but there is great cultural integrity in coming and experiencing the works of drama and music” .

 

Goetzinger is enthusiastic about the show “I’m so excited for the production; I’m really excited to get the set up and running. . . It’s exciting to see anyone’s faced in the audience, but particularly my friends; it is nice to know that people support and respect you enough to show up and applaud”. Brian looks forward to seeing as many DU faces as possible at the upcoming production.

 
Come and support!

 

“DU is a small community. As a student here, you don’t just know people in one group.” said sophomore Kirby Ann Connell. “Yet even though we know people in all of these parts of the community, we don’t always know what they’re up to or support what they do, and we should.”

 

Students may not realize how impressed they might be with their fellow peer’s work, until they make an effort to attend an event. “I think students will be proud to call these talented performers their peers said Connell.  DU students are encouraged to support their fellow peers by attending Fiddler on the Roof opening February 28th and running until March 10th and experience an amazing show by DU’s own.

 

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