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Award winning Fiddler on the Roof coming to Columbia Theatre

Contact: Tonya Lowentritt


     HAMMOND – “Fiddler on the Roof,” winner of nine Tony® Awards, is coming to Southeastern Louisiana University’s Columbia Theatre for the Performing Arts for one show only on Friday, Dec. 2.
     Presented by the Jefferson Performing Arts Society (JPAS), the production begins at 7:30 p.m. in the downtown Hammond theatre.
Columbia Theatre Interim Director C. Roy Blackwood is excited about the performance.
     “The ever popular ‘Fiddler’ comes to Columbia’s stage as a tradition-bound yet fresh description of the human condition,” said Blackwood. “With a deeper focus on the rich humanity of the main characters, Tevye, for example, represents a universal ‘Everyman’ struggling to maintain his family, his faith and his very identity in the face of an ever-changing world that makes ruin of tradition.” 
     In the little village of Anatevka Tevye, a poor dairy man, tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tight-knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia.  
     “When ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ opened in 1964, it was among the last of a generation of American musicals before the onslaught of massive spectacle replacing substance,” Blackwood said. “Book and music were integral to one another, and songs advanced the development of characters and plot. Join us for a delightfully heart-rending performance of this American classic.”
     Tickets range from $30 - $36 and are available at the Columbia Theatre box office on Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 11 a.m. – 4 p.m. or by phone at (985) 543-4371. Patrons may also get tickets online at

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