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Doug Osmond, 'Fiddler on the Roof' on stage in Midway

Published: Wednesday, July 4 2012 11:18 a.m. MDT

"FIDDLER ON THE ROOF," High Valley Outdoor Theater, Midway, through July 9, tickets at Day's Market and highvalleyarts.org, running time three hours with one intermission

MIDWAY — For "Fiddler on the Roof" to work, you need a wonderful Tevye.

Doug Osmond, of the Osmond family's Second Generation and a new resident of Midway, who saw the audition notice and decided to give it a shot, is a wonderful Tevye.

He's gruff without being abrasive. He's a softie without being a pushover and he has the Osmond chops for singing, stomping and acting.

He really is remarkable in the role of a Jewish father finding himself and his traditions being tested by his daughters' romantic choices.

That isn't to slight the rest of the cast in this community theater production.

Taken as a whole, the cast is well-disciplined and competent.

As is to be expected with community theater, some are more comfortable in their parts than others. Some sing much better than others. There were also some microphone lapses, uneven pickups and rough segues from dialogue to song.

But there are also standouts. The older daughters of Tevye and Golde (Savannah Bigelow as Tzeitel, Liz Holbrook as Hodel and Malori Balle as Chava) sell their roles well. Motel (Daylen Pollard) portrays the part of a slightly insecure tailor forced by his love for Tzeitel to take on Tevye. He is convincing.

Lazar Wolf, the butcher (Destry Pollard), is good as the indignant cast-off suitor.

The dream scene featuring Wolf's dead wife who comes back to stop the wedding is done well. The fire flashing from her fingers is a surprise and a nice touch.

Yente, the matchmaker, played by Ellie Gallagher, is another iconic role as the butinksy gossip. The role requires some acting skill to come across as both amusing and slightly bothersome. Gallagher pulls it off.

Golde, played by Robbi O'Kelley, matches nicely with Tevye. They make for a believable couple bound together by years, children and a common faith.

For only the second show produced by this all-volunteer, mostly amateur production company, there are definitely some wins.

The simple set, hinged on an arrangement of changeable panels and a number of carry-on props, works.

The costuming is nicely done with muted colors and patterns throughout (but maybe Tevye's boots could be better chosen).

Most of the music is very well-sung and shows evidence of good direction from music director Debbie Foreman and assistant music director Kyle Loertscher. It's crisp, clear and familiar.

For an evening of theatrical entertainment away from the heat and noise, “Fiddler on the Roof,” directed by Sue Waldrip, is a good choice.

Do bring chairs, a jacket and a blanket, as the show is long and the temperature really drops once the sun sets.

Sharon Haddock is a professional writer with 35 years experience, 17 at the Deseret News. Her personal blog is at sharonhaddock.blogspot.com.

Email: haddoc@desnews.com

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