Fifty years after its debut on Broadway, Light Opera Works brought the classic “Fiddler on the Roof” back to heartwarming life on the Cahn Auditorium stage in Evanston Saturday night.

The show tells the story of Tevye the dairyman, driven to distraction by his freethinking daughters and headstrong wife, as their traditional but precarious life in the Russian shtetl of Anatevka in 1905 is about to be to be torn apart by an edict from the Czar.

Tevye’s three oldest daughters, played by Meredith Kochan, Yael Wartens and Katelin Spencer, worry about who the matchmaker will find for them. (Photos by Mona Luan.)

The Light Opera Works production is directed and choreographed by the company’s artistic director, Rudy Hogenmiller with music direction by Roger Bingaman.

Tzeitel, played by Yael Wartens, persuades the poor tailor, Model, played by Neil Stratman, to marry her.

“Fiddler on the Roof” performances continue with 2 p.m. matinees today and on Wednesdays and Sundays through Aug. 24, and evening performances at 8 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 15, and Saturdays Aug. 16 and 23.

Ticket prices range from $34 to $94 and can be purchased online.

Bill Smith is the editor and publisher of Evanston Now.

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