One of the most technically demanding and emotionally-charged musicals in stage history is to be performed in Stornoway next week (Wednesday 19th to Friday 21st June).

Nicolson Institute S1 to S6 pupils are in rehearsal ready to take to the stage with Fiddler on the Roof, for four performances in the school hall.

First brought to life on stage in 1964 and a box office screen success in 1971, the musical is about life in Russia during the pogroms of the early 20th century. The background story is a serious one about the Jewish community in the fictional village of Anatevka, and the villagers’ fears about the arrival of the Russian soldiers (see photo) in their community. The story, however, is also about a busy family life, and marriage arrangements for a family of five daughters. The script is full of fun and songs, set in the background of the serious story line.

Pupils have been working hard rehearsing with staff and tickets are available now from the school office priced £3 for children and £5 for adults. The performance timetable is: Wednesday 19th June 7pm, Thursday 20th June – matinée 1pm, evening 7pm. Friday 21st June 7pm.