CU/Town Hall Productions' 'Fiddler on the Roof' begins tonight

CU/Town Hall Productions' 'Fiddler on the Roof' begins tonight

July 3, 2014
For Immediate Release

By Joan C. McKinney, news and publications coordinator

CAMPBELLSVILLE, Ky. – Campbellsville University and Town Hall Productions  “Fiddler on the Roof” continues through Sunday, July 6 at Russ Mobley Theater in the Alumni Building, 114 University Drive, on Campbellsville University’s campus.

The show will be presented at 7 p.m. Thursday, July 3; 6 p.m. Friday, July 4 (a special early start time due to the fireworks show); 2:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, July 5 and at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, July 6.

“Fiddler on the Roof” is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Joseph Stein, set in Tsarist Russia in 1905.

Ray Hollenbach, a former adjunct instructor at CU,
plays Tevye, the main character in "Fiddler on the
Roof." (Central Kentucky News-Journal Photo by
Calen McKinney)

Jan Sapp of Campbellsville, a familiar actor on
the CU stage, plays Yente, a matchmaker and
busybody. (Central Kentucky News-Journal
Photo by Calen McKinney)
The play is based on Tevye and his daughters (or Tevye the Milkman and Other Tales) by Sholem Aleichem. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives.

He must cope with both the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters—each one’s choice of husband moves further away from the customs of her faith—and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village.

John VanMeter of Campbellsville is Fiddler, and Ray Hollenbach of Campbellsville plays Tevye. Suzanne Bennett of Greensburg, Ky., is Golde, Tevye’s wife; daughters are Kelli Stanfield of Campbellsville as Tzeitel; Kristen Delagarza of Campbellsville as Hodel; Catherine Gray of Campbellsville as Chava; Gabby Tucker of Campbellsville as Shprintze; and Malorie Byrne of Campbellsville as Bielke.

Jan Sapp of Campbellsville plays Yente, the village's matchmaker and busybody.

Other actors are: Connor Wooten of Campbellsville as Motel; Samuel Kessler of Campbellsville as Perchik; Ron Green of Campbellsville as Lazar Wolf; Jeremiah Jackson of Campbellsville as Mendel; Dr. Robert Doty of Campbellsville as Rabbi; Andrew Simmons of Campbellsville as Avram;

Philip Olson of Campbellsville as Yussel; Chad Curry of Greensburg as Mordcha; Dr. Tony Cunha of Campbellsville as Constable; Bryan Rule of Elk Horn, Ky. as Fyedka; Dalton Adkins of Campbellsville as Sasha; and Melinda Gray Campbellsville of Shaindel.

The company includes: Jacqueline Hardy of Campbellsville; Taylor DiTaranto of Campbellsville; Abigail Thompson of Campbellsville; Macy McAnelly of Campbellsville; Sophie McAnelly of Campbellsville; George Prebee of Campbellsville; Mary Gray of Campbellsville; Connie Tucker of Campbellsville; Edwina Rowell of Campbellsville and Bruce Rule of Elk Horn.

The crew includes the following: Nathan Allen, assistant theater director at CU, as artistic director/choreographer; Starr Garrett, associate professor of theater and director of the theater, as technical director; Cyndi Chadwick, CU alumna of Campbellsville as musical director; Andrew Ward/Town Hall Productions, producer; Jameson Dakota Rogers of Harrodsburg, Ky., CU alumnus as assistant director;

Becca Noel, CU student of Bardstown, Ky., as stage manager; Matt Nall, assistant director of theater, set construction; Alia McClendon, CU student of Radcliff, costumes; and Zach Wilson and Nathan Cahall, a CU student of Oneida, Ky., with props and tech.

Tickets for the play include: general admission, $10; seniors (65 and up), military and Campbellsville University employees, $7; children (12 and under) and CU students, $5.


Alumna Kelli Stanfield of Campbellsville
plays Tzeitel, who hopes she will be matched
with Motel, played by Campbellsville resident Connor Wooten. (Central Kentucky News-Journal Photo by Calen McKinney)

For more information, go to or call (270) 789-5266.

Sponsors of the show include: Brothers, Wise Denistry for Kids, Ken Keltner: State Farm, Ancil Reynolds Used Cars Inc. and Tucker Diamonds and Gold Inc.

Campbellsville University is a widely acclaimed Kentucky-based Christian university with more than 3,600 students offering 63 undergraduate options, 17 master’s degrees, five postgraduate areas and eight pre-professional programs. The website for complete information is

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