BEHIND the CURTAINS of ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ with Actress Lisa Dyson

by on January 9th, 2011
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LOS ANGELES/GLENDALE, CALIF – Director Martin Lang made a superb choice by casting actress Lisa Dyson as ‘Golde’ in her debut role at the Glendale Centre Theatre in their production of Fiddler on the Roof.

There is a wonderful charm that exudes from actress Lisa Dyson in her performance and the audience is sure to know that she is having a wonderful time. “It is just super fun,” she said. Dyson is a bubbly, happy woman, so it is easy to understand why the cast is so well-connected to such a lovely actress.

“It’s great fun to work with Richard (Malmos) and the whole cast…we really have become our own little village.”

Fiddler on the Roof is one of the great works of American musical theater is based on the book by Joseph Stein. Based in a small Ukrainian village in 1905, Fiddler tells the story of ‘Tevye’ (Richard Malmos) and his five daughters who must confront long-standing traditions in their search for suitable husbands. The musical score by Jerry Bock includes some famous songs such as “If I were a Rich Man,” “Sunrise, Sunset,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and others.

“I’m playing ‘Golde’ for the first time,” Dyson said.” So, it’s really a fresh take on her. This theatre has a remarkable interactive feel to it…I just love it.”

She said that the intimacy of the stage and the seating allows the actors to truly include the audience in the production. “Of course we don’t make eye contact, but the audience is right there – just a few feet in front of us. It’s just a wonderful, wonderful environment to tell the story of Fiddler and bring the audience along on our journey.”

The ensemble cast of 24 members navigates around the small center stage in well-choreographed maneuvers, using the side stairs at times as well. From the start to final bow, this is a cast that is having a good time.

“There are some amazing musical numbers in Fiddler,” Dyson said, while joking with fellow actor Michael Montiel (Motel) during an aftershow telephone interview. “It’s hard to pick my favorites, but there are a few.” That’s an easy one: Teyve’s Dream has to be one of the funniest moments of the play, and Dyson’s facial expressions tell it all.

“Oh, I agree. That is one of my favorite parts of the whole play too,” she said.

Find out what Dyson is referring to as the Fiddler on the Roof continues to play through March 24 at the Glendale Centre Theatre. For tickets, visit http://www.glendalecentretheatre.com or call (818) 244.8481.


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