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Northwest Youth Theatre stages 'Fiddler on the Roof Jr.'

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Musical follows the story of Tevye and his five daughters in czarist Russia.

COURTESY PHOTO - Elizabeth Poole plays Frum Sarah and Luca Virjo is Tevye in Northwest Youth Theatre's production of 'Fiddler on the Roof Jr.Northwest Youth Theatre will present "Fiddler on the Roof Jr." March 23 through 25 at Hillsboro High School, 3285 S.E. Rood Bridge Road.

"Fiddler on the Roof Jr." is a student version of the musical "Fiddler on the Roof," which features music by Jerry Bock, book by Joseph Stein and lyrics by Sheldon Harnick, and is based on Sholem Aleichem's stories.

The musical tells the story of a poor dairyman, Tevye, who tries to instill in his five daughters the traditions of his tightly knit Jewish community in the face of changing social mores and the growing anti-Semitism of czarist Russia. The traditions of his ancestors are shattered as his daughters assert their independence, and government troops force Tevye and his fellow villagers from their homes. The curtain falls on Tevye's uplifting determination to create another life in the New World.

The show features 45 students, ages 6-16. Performance are at 7 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday, with a matinee show at 2 p.m. Saturday. Advanced tickets are $12 for adults, $10 for students/seniors presale ($16/$14 at the door) and are available at www.NWYouthTheatre.org.

For more information on the show, call 503-941-0228. A portion of proceeds go to Hillsboro High School's Drama Department.