Saturday, April 20, 2013

Dinner and a show: Fiddler on the Roof

My friend performed in a church production of Fiddler on the Roof on Saturday night.  I went with my grandma, sister, papa, and friends of my grandma.

It was dinner and a show; dinner was served at 18:00 and the show began at 19:00.  Here's what we ate:

Although I have seen and know many musicals, I had never seen Fiddler on the Roof (though I had sang Matchmaker in middle school choir, so I knew all of the lyrics to that one).

The church that put on this production is a Catholic church, and I felt lots of irony in the room throughout the performance.  In the musical, the village doesn't want to break their Jewish traditions even though many of the traditions seem nonsensical to the younger children (for example letting the matchmaker pick who you will marry).  There was no reason apart from tradition to keep deciding marriages this way, yet the audience (and characters in the musical) could see it was foolish; love is a better indication.  Many Catholic traditions are held on to dearly simply because they're traditions, even if they're not the most logical.  I wonder if anyone else in the audience thought about their own traditions after they could so easily laugh at the Jewish traditions featured in the musical.

Did anyone else have similar thoughts after seeing this musical for the first time?
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