Messenger Cover: Fiddler on the Roof, Coming Soon!

“A fiddler on the roof – sounds crazy, no?” That is the opening line of Fiddler on the Roof, our upcoming church-wide musical. Although the story was written in 1964 and is set in the tiny village of Anatevka, lo- cated in Tsarist Russia in 1905, this production holds a great deal of relevance for modern day audiences as we struggle to find our way and maintain our relationships with God, our family and our community in an ever evolving society.

Performances will run Thursday–Saturday, March 6–8, the Fellowship Center, with 7:30pm performances each night and a 2pm matinee on Saturday. Tickets will go on sale this Sunday in Holy Grounds and will be available on Sunday mornings (Holy Grounds) and Wednesday eve- nings (Gathering Space), as well as through the church office Monday- Thursdays from 9am–1pm. In addition, we are offering online sales through our website, at Since space is lim- ited, we highly recommend purchasing tickets in advance. Ticket prices are $16 for adults, and $12 for children twelve years old and under, sen- iors and groups of 10 or more, so get your friends and neighbors to- gether now for the group rate! Although this production is family friendly, a nursery will be provided for very young children.

A production of this magnitude requires a great deal of financial support and we would like to invite everyone to “get involved” by becoming a sponsor of the production using the enclosed form. All sponsor names will be printed in the program and money raised will help offset the costs of the orchestra, the rental and royalties of the music and scripts, set construction and costume expenses, as well as many others. Thank you in advance for your support!

Finally, Fiddler on the Roof is one of Broadway’s favorite musicals, en- joyed and loved by millions of people in America and around the world. Yet many of those same fans who love the outstanding music and the lovable characters don’t really understand what lies behind the show: the Yiddish culture of 19th century Eastern European Judaism. To help gain some understanding of that little-known background, Rev. Carl Lindquist will be offering a two-week study on Wednesdays, February 19 and 26, from 6:15pm to 7:00pm. Rev. Lindquist is a retired Method- ist pastor who, along with his wife Mary Beth, joined Christ UMC a year ago, and he will be playing the lead role of Tevye, the milkman and a “papa”, in March’s production. You can sign up for this special Wel- come Wednesday class through the church reservation line ( or 299-1571, x333). Come learn more about the “traditions” of Fiddler on the Roof!