June 9, 2022
What do fifty people in a tin shed in Kingaroy have to do with Ukraine in 1905?
They met for the first time recently to start rehearsals for the much-loved Broadway musical Fiddler on the Roof, which will be performed by the South Burnett Musical Comedy Society in early October.
The not-for-profit community group has attracted a large cast of all ages who have survived the auditions.
Now they must begin the lengthy but enjoyable process of rehearsing and putting on one of the most famous shows written.
There are a few things in common between the Kingaroy cast and the Fiddler story.
The story centres on a dairy farmer at risk of losing his livelihood.
It’s about parents with a love of God, family and community under the pressures of a changing world, with young people wanting to do things differently.
And it’s timely that Fiddler on the Roof is set in a Ukrainian village where families are forced to leave because of aggression from Russian authorities.
The first rehearsal on the weekend signalled a great production lies ahead.