Fenn's Ward Hall resounded with “Day by Day” and other well-known melodies from the hit Broadway musical Godspell on March 4 and 5. The production, directed by Tiffany Culp, featured Fenn School boys and Nashoba Brooks School girls. The musical director was John Eldridge.
At Nashoba, the Tony-award winning musical Fiddler on the Roof was performed on March 5 and 6 by a joint cast directed by Rachelle Vachon, with Christel Michaud as musical director. This is the first year two joint winter musicals were staged by the schools; in prior years a single production alternated between the schools.
Leading the cast of Godspell (pictured) were Fenn boys Aidan Dove as Jesus, Tyler Arle as John the Baptist/Judas, and Tad Scheibe as Jeffrey, and Nashoba girls Margaret Nerrow as Robin and Sara Cooper as Peggy. Other Fenn boys in the cast were Jimmy Allen, Ollie Cheever, Sam Pring, George von Weise, Will Parker, Sawyer MacDonald, and Grey Hussey. Techies for Godspell, directed by Rob Morrison, were Nick Landman, Lucas Lisman, Dan Pring, Matt Sanders, Colin Cunningham, Callan Fries, Andrew Metellus, and Mark Reiss. Assisting the director was former faculty member Dr. Charles Streff.
In Fiddler, Greyson Kaye-Flemming played Tevye and Mira LaRocca played his wife, Golde. Other Fenn boys in the cast were Matt Gainsboro, Matt Kirkman, Conrad Krapf, Max Ewing, Max Steinert, Chris Davis, Henry Patton, Charles Brookby, Ben Carbeau, and Max Byron. Techies for that production included Owen Heaton and Lucian Sharpe. Several Fenn parents helped out with hair, make-up, and costumes for both productions.
Godspell, written by Tony award winning songwriter and lyricist Stephen Schwartz, tells the story of a group of young people who help Jesus Christ relate several parables through games, storytelling, comedy, and an eclectic blend of songs. The play, which dissolves hauntingly into the Last Supper and Crucifixion, conveys a broader message about the importance of kindness, tolerance, and love.
Fiddler, the brainchild of Broadway legends Jerome Robbins and Harold Prince, centers on Tevye, a poor dairyman, and his five daughters in a tight-knit and colorful Jewish community in Czarist Russia. Tevye tries to teach his protect his daughters and to teach them traditional values in the face of changing social mores and growing anti-Semitism. Its universal theme is the importance of maintaining tradition.