Havering Music Makers bring popular play on Tsarist Russia to Queen's Theatre
PUBLISHED: 12:00 01 July 2017
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An acclaimed tale of life and love in 20th-century Tsarist Russia will light up the stage this summer.
The Havering Music Makers return to Queen’s Theatre in July to present Fiddler on the Roof, the Joseph Stein play which bagged nine Tony Awards upon its debut in 1964.
Featuring a host of familiar songs, and a cast of 50, the show is sure to entertain theatre lovers across its four performances.
Lauren Ghost, 21, of Link Way, Hornchurch, plays Hodel, one of the five daughters of Tevye, the poor milkman who is the central character of the musical, set in 1905.
She said: “It’s about a Russian Jewish family who live in a town called Anatevka, and it’s sort of talking about their lives and their traditions really, and how the three oldest daughters eventually break with tradition.
“I’m the second oldest daughter and I really fancy the rabbi’s son, but something comes along that changes that. I’m sort of the sassy one I suppose.
“At the beginning I’m really keen to stick to tradition and follow the customs that we have, but my view changes throughout the play, and I have a romance.”
The Music Makers have tackled a variety of productions over the years, from Little Shop of Horrors and Oklahoma! to the recent Sweeney Todd. What appealed about Fiddler on the Roof?
“It’s got really great music and really nice big chorus numbers, so there’s quite a lot of parts,” said Lauren.
“It’s quite well known, I think, as well, but not one that you see done all the time, so that’s what probably swayed us towards it.”
Lauren has long held an interest in musical theatre: she was a member of the theatre school Future Faces between the ages of about seven and 18, and took a performing arts course at Havering College for four years.
Having gained the equivalent of a foundation degree, she will enrol at the University of Greenwich in September for a year to complete her studies.
Lauren came across the Music Makers two years ago, as they were gearing up for their take on The Witches of Eastwick.
Liking what she saw at rehearsals, she performed in that year’s autumn concert and then took a break, returning for Sweeney Todd.
“It’s really good,” she said of the group. “We have all the different ages and we don’t see the difference, if that makes sense, we all mix together and everyone’s really good.
“You’re making more friends, with these people you didn’t know before who live right near.
“There are actually quite a lot of children in this production, we normally go from 16 upwards but I think the youngest of them this time are six or seven.”
The Music Makers, who rehearse at Whybridge Junior School, Blacksmith’s Lane, Hornchurch, perform three shows a year, mostly at Queen’s Theatre and Ilford’s Kenneth More Theatre.
The society was founded in 1975, and members include newcomers and others who have been involved for two decades or more.
This upbeat new production includes songs such as Matchmaker, Matchmaker, Sunrise, Sunset, If I Were a Rich Man, To Life (L’Chaim!) and Tradition.
“It’s so much fun to join the group,” added Lauren. “It’s just a lot of fun and something that allows you to sort of let your hair down, I suppose, after a work day.
“I would say to people to come and see the show because it’s actually quite funny and there are some big characters, and some people you probably didn’t realise are actually from this musical.”
Fiddler on the Roof will run at Queen’s Theatre, Billet Lane, Hornchurch, from July 20-22, with evening performances at 7.30pm. A matinee will take place from 2.30pm on July 22.
Full-price tickets are £17.50, concessions £15.50. To purchase some, call the box office on 01708 443333 or visit queens-theatre.co.uk.
For more on the Havering Music Makers, go to haveringmusicmakers.co.uk.