The FHTMS cast - with Director Gail Kilkelly (at lower right) does a “hands in” at the end of rehearsal.

South Burlington Teens Bring Fiddler on the Roof “To Life”(L’Chaim)

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Thursday May 02, 2013


Friday May 10  7:00 p.m.
Saturday May 11 2:00 p.m.* and 7:00 p.m. 
South Burlington High School Auditorium
*Saturday matinee to benefit Boston Marathon Victims

If I were a Rich Man.” “Sunrise, Sunset.” “Tradition”  The beloved songs of Fiddler on the Roof will once again thrill audiences, as a cast of 54 F.H. Tuttle Middle School students bring the multiple-award-winning Broadway musical back to the stage. Co-directed by Gail Kilkelly, South Burlington Curriculum Area Supervisor for Grade 6-12 Visual and Performing Arts, and FHTMS math/science teacher David Bailey, the production brings fresh perspective on issues that still resonate today—over 100 years after the story’s fictional setting in a turn-of-the-century Russian shtetl. 

 “This moving story brings to life themes with which every student can identify: courage, humility, compassion, and the steady foundation a community can give our lives,” notes Kilkelly. “It’s about holding onto the traditions that keep you grounded, and following your convictions even when your world is falling apart.”  Still widely performed all over the world, the 1964 production of Fiddler on the Roof  won nine Tony awards, became one of Broadway’s longest-running shows—and, in 1971, an Academy-Award-winning film. A brief, fascinating presentation about the play and its historical context can be viewed at It was created for the cast by South Burlington educator and artist Dana Rachlin.

At a recent run-through, Kilkelly spoke about upcoming rehearsals to the students, who have been working on the play since February.  “Come with your focus; come in your character” she urged them, concluding with “This is going to be great.”   

She also noted that many at FHTMS were close to a couple who were both injured in the recent Boston Marathon bombing.  Kilkelly asked the students if they would be willing to add a Saturday matinee performance to their busy schedule, and if they would like to donate the proceeds of that show to victims of the tragic events in Boston.  Without hesitation, all of these talented actors present raised their hands to agree to the proposal.

Performances of Fiddler on the Roof  are May 10th at 7:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. and May 11th  at 7:00 pm at South Burlington High School Auditorium, 550 Dorset Street in South Burlington. The matinee performance on Saturday will benefit Boston bombing victims.  Reserved-seating tickets ($8/$6 students and seniors) are available at FH Tuttle Middle School front office (500 Dorset Street), and will also be on sale at the door before each show.  For more information, visit or call 652-7541.