The Lambert High School performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” placed first at the Region 5-7A One-Act Play Competition on Oct. 27 at Milton High School.
Under the direction of Carly Berg, the theater director of Lambert’s Acting Troupe, Drew Davison earned best actor for his role as Tevye and Erin Van Horn was earned best supporting actress. Additionally, Lambert’s crew earned best technical execution.
During One-Act competitions, all performances must be a maximum of 55 minutes, which made it a challenge for Berg to condense the two-and-a-half-hour performance of “Fiddler on the Roof” to competition length.
Berg was up to the challenge. She co-founded, co-directed and choreographed for six years at Play on Players Children’s Theatre and previously directed theater companies such as The Historic Holly Theatre.
She chose “Fiddler on the Roof” because it “has a very strong and rich history,” Berg said. “It is a story that is still very relevant today.”
She said she is proud to have portrayed the younger generation bringing the reality of change to the older generation through such a devoted cast and crew.
The powerful message asks each audience member, “How we can find a balance between tradition, between what we want for our children, and our children’s hopes and dreams for themselves.”
The cast devoted themselves to pulling the audience into the lives of the characters going through real tragedies.
Davison felt that they had achieved their goal through “the feedback from the audiences and judges” and the cast’s “overall willingness to help and support each other.”
“We spent countless hours talking about the characters, relationships, dialects and physicalities of each person on stage,” Davison said.
Berg said students rehearsed daily the week before the region competition, trying to “overcome many technical hurdles and all come together to successfully pull off a production with such a large cast.”
Davison said the cast felt invigorated and powerful during their performance that Saturday.
Berg celebrated her students’ “honest portrayal of tradition, family, faith and love.
“They pulled it off beautifully,” she said.
Though “Fiddler on the Roof” gained recognition from the audience and judges, Davison said the show taught him about acceptance and opened him up to thinking about things in a new way.
“Fiddler made me feel the importance of family and love,” Davison said.
Now the cast and crew continue to rehearse for the Georgia High School Association One Act Play Championship on Saturday at Houston County High School in Warner Robins.