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Rutland Musical Theatre surprised by video message from Broadway Cast of 'Fiddler on the Roof'




Members of an amateur dramatics group are on cloud nine after swapping video messages with Broadway performers.

With the curtain about to go up on its 40th year in show business, Rutland Musical Theatre had been preparing to perform of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ at Uppingham Theatre.

And as part of those preparations, member Katie Ross contacted a cast member of the Broadway production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ to discuss ideas about her on-stage character.

Cast members from the Broadway production of 'Fiddler on the Roof'
Cast members from the Broadway production of 'Fiddler on the Roof'

However, as the coronavirus crisis hit, the discussion turned to their feelings of disappointment about the cancellation of their productions and, in an act of solidarity, performers from both groups each shared a video to lift spirits either side of the Atlantic.

The shared videos include introductions from the cast and stage crew, as well as messages of hope and well-wishes for their future productions.

As well as their 'real' video, Rutland Musical Theatre members also compiled the out-takes to create an amusing collection of 'bloopers'.

Rutland Musical Theatre's 'Fiddler on the Roof' rehearsals
Rutland Musical Theatre's 'Fiddler on the Roof' rehearsals

‘Fiddler on the Roof’ will now be performed by Rutland Musical Theatre in April 2021.

“It will be bigger and better with the show being next year,” said Katie.

To prepare, members are keeping up with rehearsals and reading lines via Zoom.

The group has a tradition of visiting the Horse and Jockey Inn in Manton after rehearsals, so during lockdown members have been having ‘virtual drinks’.

Rutland Musical Theatre's 'Fiddler on the Roof' rehearsals
Rutland Musical Theatre's 'Fiddler on the Roof' rehearsals

Katie said: “It’s weird not seeing people because it’s almost like a second family.

"We see each other so much; we support one another non-stop so not seeing each other two or three times a week is so strange.”

Members of the group had also planned a summer ball to mark the 40th anniversary but will instead hold an online quiz to mark the milestone.

Rutland Musical Theatre's 'Fiddler on the Roof' rehearsals
Rutland Musical Theatre's 'Fiddler on the Roof' rehearsals

Thanking those who had supported the group, Katie said: “For us, being a fairly small amateur theatre group, having to postpone a show is a difficult decision both financially and for the cast.”

The videos can be found on the Rutland Musical Theatre Facebook page and on the group's new YouTube channel.



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