“It was ‘Dance or die,’” said a member of the cast as Emily Ditkovski, the musical’s director, introduced the cast to the political and social turmoil of turn of the century Tsarist Russia.
Certainly true in the realm of musicals, this phrase became the mantra for the cast and crew of this year’s musical, “Fiddler on the Roof.” Whenever someone is having trouble they say, “dance or die” to each other and the situation, whatever it may be, is ameliorated.
“Every cast is special, every cast is unique, but this one has so much energy,” says Ditkovski of the 39 students involved in the play this spring.“There are so many beginners this year, but they’re all able to channel the characters perfectly.”
The Widdigers and Caterwaulers have been working all winter on a fantastic program of music for the 11th Annual Choral Coffeehouse. The event will be held in the Dodge Room in the Reed Campus Center on Tuesday, February 28 at 7:00 p.m.
The performance will include a cappella music, as well as many small group pieces with acoustic guitar and piano. Works by artists including Orlando di Lasso, Adele, The Beatles, Boyz II Men, Coldplay, Nina Simone, Pistol Annies, Stevie Wonder, Flight of the Conchords, Corinne Bailey Rae and more are on the program.
The event is open to the public, and for those unable to be there in person, the performance will be webcast at www.williston.com/live.