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Melanie N. Lee 
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Re: “Fiddler on the Roof

Oh, you are a cynic, aren't you! I just finished a run of "Fiddler on the Roof" in Flushing, Queens, NY yesterday, playing Fruma-Sarah and a Villager. I saw a Fiddler production at my nephew's middle school last month (he wasn't involved), and I might attend a Fiddler at a Bayside synagogue next month! And I saw the movie on PBS a few weeks ago! You ask how can people under constant threat of pogrom go to all those dance lessons. Think of our own Afr-Am slaves and their singing and dancing. When you have little or no power and are under constant oppression, sometimes all you can do to keep your spirits up is sing and dance. Why do you think dancing is only for the comfortable and privileged? In musical theater, the music and dance are stylized to be professional, but they are but vehicles to convey a story--whether a serious story like Fiddler or a more frivolous one like Once Upon a Mattress. Art should educate, uplift, and/or entertain, and Fiddler and the R&H musicals do all that. If you call hope in the face of despair merely a manipulation of sentimentality, I'm sorry for you. Fiddler and R&H musicals also convey faith, and maybe you don't have much. I apologize if I'm coming on too strong; to each his/her own taste. Anyway, in spite of your feelings toward "sentimentality", I'm glad you can recognize quality work when you see it. Peace, Melanie Lee "Fruma-Sarah", Fiddler, Andrean Players, Flushing, Queens, NY

Posted by Melanie Lee on 05/05/2008 at 2:05 PM

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