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Broadway at Bethel to present "Fiddler on the Roof"

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NORTH NEWTON, KAN. – After a week of intense rehearsal, participants in Bethel College's annual Broadway at Bethel theater camp will present Joseph Stein's "Fiddler on the Roof" at 2 p.m. on Sunday, June 25, in Krehbiel Auditorium of the Fine Arts Center.

Broadway at Bethel is a week of instruction in vocal music, dance, acting techniques and technical stage work for 13- to 18-year-olds. Participants receive direction from current Bethel faculty and students during the day and stay in the dorms overnight. Evening activities include movies, a talent show and a dance.

"Fiddler on the Roof," opened on Broadway for the first time in 1964, is set in the small Jewish village of Anatevka, Russia, in 1905. Living under the harsh conditions of Tsarist rule, Tevye, a milkman, and his wife Golde attempt to find husbands for their three eldest daughters, in accordance with religious tradition. The daughters, one of whom falls in love with a student revolutionary named Perchik, would rather decide for themselves whom to marry. "Fiddler on the Roof" is a story about tradition in the midst of changing times and oppressive conditions.

Tickets to the show are $5 and can be purchased at the ticket window of the Fine Arts Center on the day of the show. Admission is open to the public and viewers of all ages are invited.

Director is John McCabe-Juhnke, professor of communication arts.

Students participating in the camp include Douglas Bartel, Olathe; Bianca Brown, Lawrence; Jordan Brown, Lawrence; Riley Bruce, Wichita; Kelsey Collis, Olathe; Andrew Connolly, Lawrence; Kylene Cosand, Mankato; Katherine Cottrell, Lawrence; Alyssa Davis, Garden City; Samantha Dean, Mankato; Sierra Dirksen, Newton; Jordan Dusenbury, Wichita; Rachel Friesen, Paoli, Ind.; Ella Fund-Reznicek, Gaff; Lindsay Geisler, Leonardville; Karita Geist, Scott City; Lisa Geist, Scott City; Hope Goertzen, Hesston; Rex Hargis, Lawrence; Tara Harms-Becker, Hesston; Kelly Hieman, Lawrence; Josh Hofer, Dolton, S.D.; Vanessa Hofer, Dolton, S.D.; Kelly Karasek, Lawrence; Robb Krehbiel, McPherson; Michael Krumm, Baldwin City; Cecilia Madonna, Midwest City, Okla.; Taylor McCabe-Juhnke, North Newton; Megan McGrath, Meadville, Pa.; Amy Larson McGuirk, Providence, R.I.; Bethany McCowan, Clay Center; Crystal Mitchell, Formosa; Alyce Murphy, Stillwater, Okla.; Camden Pankratz, Hesston; Chance Penner, Wichita; Sarah Pohl, Moundridge; Sierra Pryce, North Newton; Jackie Reed, Edinburg, Texas; Kelly Reed, Edinburg, Texas; Charlotte Rippe, Peabody; Marike Stucky, Moundridge; Erin Thieszen, Lake City, Iowa; Roman VanNahmen, Cimarron; Lindsay Waltner, Freeman, S.D.; Holly Ward, Anthony; Oliver Whitney, Peabody; and Allison Yoder, Kalona, Iowa.

Bethel College is a four-year liberal arts college affiliated with Mennonite Church USA. Founded in 1887, it is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Bethel is known for its academic excellence and has been named a Top Tier college by U.S. News & World Report every year since 1998. For more information, see the Bethel web site at

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