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'Fiddler' comes to Park Rapids

The Northern Light Opera Company's production of "Fiddler on the Roof" will be July 31 and Aug. 1 at 7 p.m., Aug. 2 at 3 p.m., Aug. 6 and 7 at 7 p.m. and Aug. 8 at 3 p.m. at the Park Rapids Area High School auditorium.

Tickets are available at Beagle Books in Park Rapids, Sister Wolf Books in Dorset, Walker Art Gallery in Walker and online at and at the door. Prices are the same as last year with a 10 percent discount when purchased in advance.

As a bonus for audiences attending productions Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 1 and 2, Sharon and Allen Friedman of Park Rapids will talk about Jewish traditions. Their presentations will start one hour prior to the shows (at 6 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday) in the Area HIgh School commons. Those who attend will be able to hold a seat in the auditorium.

The story of "Fiddler on the Roof" centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain family and religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives. He must cope with both the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters and the Tzar's edict that evicts the Jews from their village.

After the musical premiered on Broadway in 1964, it won nine Tony Awards, including best musical, score, book, direction and choreography. The musical spawned a successful 1971 film adaptation, and revivals have enjoyed enduring international popularity with Fiddler on the Roof's ageless story of tradition and change.

"Fiddler on the Roof" will be NLOC's eighth annual summer presentation. It is made possible, in part, by a grant provided by the Region 2 Arts Council through funding from the Minnesota State Legislature.