Grosse Pointe Theatre Restages Fiddler on the Roof

Ellen Bowen is a much-honored Michigan high school vocal music and theatre director whose accolades include four coveted Grosse Pointe Community Theatre Clarence Awards. Ellen Bowen directed the theatre’s restaging of Fiddler on the Roof, which ran in January and February 2017 at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. The show was nominated by Playbill’s Broadway Detroit Magazine, as the outstanding community theatres’ best musical in 2017 award.

The theatre last showcased the endearing musical in 1972. Ms. Bowen, who directed the same work in 1975 for a high school production, chose to once again direct it for Grosse Pointe due to the show’s steadfast message and humor. She wanted the audience to experience its full range of emotions.

First staged in 1964, Fiddler is set in 1905, in a small Russian village called Anatevka. The story centers around a dairyman named Tevye and his five daughters. Tevye is bent on protecting them and keeping them grounded in traditional values, despite the evolving social customs and increasing anti-Semitism in Tsarist Russia.