The Success of Fiddler on the Roof


Photograph by Kaitlyn Melendez, Fiddler on the Roof

The Hawthorne High School Theater Department performed Fiddler on the Roof April 26 to April 30 and it was a huge success.

The show was directed by Ms. Kimberly Griffin, Ms. Marchel Roniet, and the music was performed by Mr. David DeRosa (pianist), who conducted the orchestra as well. The theater group first performed for senior citizens at the Gala Performance. The senior citizens came at five o’clock for soup and sandwiches, which were served by Hawthorne High School’s Peer Leaders, and then happily continued to the dress rehearsal of Fiddler on the Roof. Everyone knew this was going to be a hit show after that night. All the seniors were raving about the show and spreading the word that this was not one to miss.

From opening night to the last performance on Sunday afternoon, each show was a hit. Everybody from the cast, crew, and pit worked hard to put on an unforgettable production. The Hawthorne Clarion had the pleasure of interviewing a few people from Fiddler on the Roof to learn more about their experiences and perspective on the show.


“The play astounded all of us, I think. We all had such an amazing time and letting go of the show was so hard. The message, the experience, everything. It was just incredible.”

-Daniella Bonafede, Yente the Matchmaker


“The play seemed to astonish us and the audience that came. We all really came together as one to perform the best performance possible. It was hard for us all to let it go. When we got that last standing ovation, at the last performance, it was so refreshing and made this whole experience worth it. With all the hard work we put forward we made this musical one of the most successful plays at Hawthorne High School. We all would do anything to perform just for one more weekend.”

-Chris Branagh,  Lazar Wolf the Butcher


“I am really happy with the outcome of the show. Everyone who came out to see it had positive comments. Some people even went as far as saying that it was one of the best shows they have seen in years. From this show forward we hope to move the audiences who come to support us. This show, as challenging as it was, gave us all an experience that is truly unforgettable.”

-Kaitlyn Melendez, Stage Crew Manager of the Lights


“Fiddler on the Roof was such a great show to be a part of. Playing in the orchestra pit let’s me play music that is more challenging for me. I think everyone should be a part of the shows in one way or another.”

-Brian Reilly, Pit


On behalf of The Clarion, we would like to give a round of applause for such an outstanding performance. Until next November, Hawthorne High School cannot wait for the next show that will surely be spectacular.