Community Theater outdoes itself in
Fiddler on the Roof: Don’t miss this show!!

November 15, 2014 at 3:47 pmby Elise Pearlmanin Town of Huntington

I have seen some fine productions staged by the Northport-East Northport Community Theater, but this talented group may have set a new gold standard with their current production of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ which runs through this weekend and next.

“The only way to make sense of change is to plunge into it, move with it and join the dance,” Alan Watts once said. “Fiddler on the Roof,” a joyous celebration of the dance of life and its challenges is set in Anatevka, a tiny Jewish community in czarist Russia at the turn of the twentieth century. In this poor town, the inhabitants barely eke out a living. The story revolves around the milkman Tevye, who has five daughters. As the show begins, Tevye explains how tradition and time-honored rules governing social interactions, and familial responsibilities keep the villagers’ lives in balance and unite them. Arranged marriages are the norm. Yet even the strongest of traditions cannot forestall change. As the story unfolds, Tevye must contend with challenges to his belief system that come from within his family as well as the outside world.

Lawrence Palevsky leads an extremely strong cast as the conflicted, yet philosophical father. He has great comedic timing and boasts a wonderful singing voice. Many of the roles are double-cast. On the night I attended, Barri Feuer played Golde and Suzie Lustig played Yente, the matchmaker. There are many heartwarming scenes and songs, and theatergoers will be hard pressed to choose a favorite. For the opening number, “Tradition,” the entire cast illuminates the stage with their talent, and it’s a showstopper as are “If I Were a Rich Man” and “Matchmaker.” “Sabbath Prayer” brought me to tears. Amy Courter is outstanding as the fiddler on the roof, a metaphor for precariousness of the villagers’ lives.

Enjoy the slideshow which includes a poster which you can click on to enlarge for information about the show and ticket purchases. This is a show not to miss! The photographs were taken by Alan Pearlman.



The Northport Daily News - May 7, 2014
by Elise Pearlman

Les Misérables- one of Broadway’s most acclaimed musicals, is based on Victor Hugo’s classic tale of one man’s lifelong quest for redemption. One of France’s greatest novelists, it took Hugo 17 years and several volumes to do justice to the story of intertwined destinies. Set against the backdrop of social and political upheaval that marked the French Revolution, Les Misérables follows the fortunes of convicted criminal Jean Valjean and the lives of those his path crosses as he tries to elude Javert, a single-minded police inspector determined to bring him to justice.
The story’s enduring popularity is due to its universal truths and emotions that have stood the test of time. Expect to be enthralled.

It is an extraordinarily ambitious project to mount a production of Les Misérables, but the Community Theater was more than up for the task. Simply put, it is sensational!

“It is the first time in the history of the Community Theater that all three shows got standing ovations from the very first bow,” Founder/Producer Bette Silver said of the audience’s exceedingly positive and appreciative response during the opening weekend. “It was very exciting; we were overwhelmed.”

You’ll find that the leads, the singing, the choreography, the orchestra, scenery, costumes and lighting all to be topnotch. Those who attended the first three performances are saying that it is the Community Theater’s finest production ever.

“There are 90 people on the stage,” Ms. Silver said of the cast which ranges from adults to young children. You’ll enjoy the talent of many familiar faces as well as newcomers, who all rise to the occasion under the guidance of Director Jim Redding, who has been with the local theater group since its inception. “He did a fabulous job,” Ms. Silver exclaimed.

Doug Carney plays Jean Valjean with Kevin Callaghan in the role of Javert, his nemesis. The role of Cosette is double-cast with Naomi Pierro and Fiona McGuire. James Reiss plays the brave and romantic Marius. Dori-Jo Gutierrez and Cassie Vitale alternate as Eponine. Caitlin Thistle and Jessica Murphy share the role of Fantine.

The comic part of Thenardier is played by Rich Lau, who has brought his talent and beautiful voice to so many Community Theater productions. His wife, Madame Thenardier, is played by Barri Feuer and Suzie Lustig, both known for their comic flair.

Andrew Frey, son of David Frey, whom we saw at auditions, won the part of Enjolras.

Ms. Silver also applauded the efforts of Musical Director Donna Gorelick, who started working with the musicians last January. “We’ve got a 16 piece orchestra,” said Ms. Silver.

And then there’s the set designed by Gary Valentine, which embraces the ambiance of the era that gave rise to the French Revolution, complete with the infamous barricade.

“You will really feel like you are in a sewer or a jail,” Ms. Silver said of the scenes which feature those venues. To add to the effect, the lighting done by Technical Director Rob Miller is magical.

The costumes designed with great skill and attention to detail by Jen Lau and Leia DePalo’s skillful choreography add to production’s artistry. Performances take place on Friday and Saturday, May 9 and 10 at 8 pm and there is a matinee on Mother’s Day, Sunday, May 11 at 2 pm.

Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for students and seniors, and group rates are available.

The show takes place at the Brosnan Center Theater, located in the Northport School Administration Building (158 Laurel Avenue, Northport Village).

Tickets can be purchased by calling Bette Silver at (631) 896-5970, emailing her at or online at - April 25, 2014

Les Misérables Opens At
One Week From Tonight!

by Diane Gutierrez

A spectacular production of Les Misérables will open for a two-weekend run (Fridays/Saturdays curtain at 8 - Sunday matinee curtain at 2) at the Northport Community Theater (Brosnan Center Audit., 158 Laurel Ave., Northport) IN JUST ONE WEEK (May 2, 3, 4; 9, 10, 11)! Tickets are on sale now and going fast. Call or email Bette Silver 631-896-5970, or at the door, as available (all seating reserved). Why travel into Manhattan and pay Broadway prices when you have quality, family-friendly affordable tickets available right in your own backyard? Les Misérables - - DON'T MISS IT!



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