Auditions to be held for RYOT’s production of Fiddler on the Roof

January 21, 2014

MANSFIELD, OHIO. Renaissance Youth Opera Theatre (RYOT), a theatre program for students in grades 2 – 12, will hold auditions for Fiddler on the Roof and its companion piece on Saturday, February 8th from 11:00am – 4:00pm and Sunday, February 9th from 1:00pm – 4:00pm at the Renaissance Theatre in the ballroom. Performance dates are May 24 and 25, 2014. Those auditioning should be prepared to sing a song of their choice and must bring the sheet music with them in the proper key. An accompanist will be provided. Fiddler on the Roof will be directed by Lori Turner. To schedule an audition time, please call Linda Chambers at 419-522-2726, ext. 213 or email her at

Fiddler on the Roof showcases a large cast with lots roles for both males and females (10 each). Its celebrated score, by Jerry Bock and Sheldon Harnick, features many well-known songs including “Tradition”, “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Sunrise, Sunset”. The show is set in Tsarist Russia in 1905 and is based on the story of Tevye the Milkman by Sholem Aleichem. The story follows Tevye, father of five, as he tries to uphold tradition in an ever changing political and social landscape. Told with humor, warmth and honesty, the musical is extremely popular all over the world and was the first Broadway show to play for over 3000 performances. The original production ran for almost 10 years!

The Real Schlemiel or Kvetch Me If You Can will be another fabulous original musical by the Renaissance’s own Michael Thomas. Based on Jewish folklore and traditional klezmer music, The Real Schlemiel offers many leads and cameos for our younger performers – all presented with a comic twist!

Utilizing the magnificently large Renaissance stage, we will have both age groups appearing together for several scenes. Lots of comedy shtick for the little ones and lots of parts for all.