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March 27, 2014

Haverhill High presents 'Fiddler on the Roof'

Haverhill High School’s chorus and drama club will present the popular Broadway musical “Fiddler on the Roof.”

A musical set in Tsarist Russia in 1905, the story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his family and Jewish religious traditions while outside influences encroach upon their lives.

Tevye must cope both with the strong-willed actions of his three older daughters — each one’s choice of husband moves further away from the customs of his faith — and with the edict of the Tsar that evicts the Jews from their village.

The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, had the first musical theater run in history to surpass 3,000 performances. The show held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years until Grease surpassed its run.

“Fiddler on the Roof’’ remains Broadway’s 16th longest-running show in history. The production was nominated for 10 Awards, winning nine, including best musical, score, book, direction and choreography. It spawned four Broadway revivals, a successful 1971 film adaptation, and the show has enjoyed enduring international popularity.

IF YOU GO

When: April 3 and 4 at 7 p.m. and April 5 at 2 and 7 p.m.

Where: Haverhill High School auditorium, 137 Monument St.

Tickets: $8 general admission at the door, $5 for senior citizens and students

Here are other activities and events in the Haverhill area:

School plans fundraiser event: The Haverhill Alternative School will hold a fundraiser to support student activities on April 1 from 5 to 9 p.m. at the Flatbread Company, 5 Market Square, Amesbury.

For every pizza purchased, $3.50 will be donated to the Haverhill Alternative School. The event will also include a 50/50 raffle. More information is available from John DePolo at 978-374-3482.

Library offers beginner Internet classes: The public library is offering free beginner Internet classes in April.

The classes are small, with lots of individual attention and hands-on practice. Each class is two hours long. You do not have to own a computer to take these classes, but you are welcome to come with your own wireless enabled laptop. Classes require advance signup. For dates, times and to reserve a spot, please stop by the Reference and Information desk at the library or call 978-373-1586, ext. 608. The library is taking reservations for classes in April.

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