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Diary of a Middle School Golde, Part Five

By Ali Z. (8th grade)

Ah, well, it seems as if this will be the last post from Golde, seeing that the epic finale of our efforts was last Wednesday. I loved every minute of Fiddler on the Roof and wouldn’t change it for the world. We were all great, and everyone remembered their lines(!).

During the play, as I normally do, I had a little backstage fun. We all had high energy, and we were all doing our best. Did anyone notice that on the second performance, my candle broke? We had these candles with light bulbs that lit up when you screwed them on, and I accidentally made mine fall off! I also had difficulties picking up Chava’s book at the beginning.

I think my favorite part about the play was the costumes…I loved how they smelled a little funny, bunched up in weird places, and had this way of slipping down a little too low or falling in front of your face. Yes, I think I’ll miss the costumes the most.

In closing, I’d like to thank Donna, Colleen, Meri-Lee and everyone else who took time out of their day to help us with the production. It wouldn’t be as wonderful as it was without you! I’d also like to thank the entire cast for doing such a wonderful job, seeing as there would be no play without you!

—Golde (Ali Z.)

Read Diary of a Middle School Golde, Part One.

Read Diary of a Middle School Golde, Part Two.

Read Diary of a Middle School Golde, Part Three.

Read Diary of a Middle School Golde, Part Four.

View photos from the evening performance of Fiddler on the Roof by the Inly Middle School.

Diary of a Middle School Golde, Part Four

By Ali Z. (8th grade)

This week, we rehearsed the bottle dance from Fiddler on the Roof. It is so good! They even used real bottles. I am pleased to report that there is no broken glass on the barn floor.

At one point in the play, we sing “Tradition, Tradition, Tradition” and we have to hold each note for 10 beats. Ten beats! To put that in perspective, that’s about 30 seconds. For ONE of the three traditions. I think it’s okay for me to say that we’re all feeling a little oxygen-deprived.

We’ve run through the play again, and we’re almost all “off book”! I’m getting the pronunciation thing under control, too. We staged the duet I have with Mac M. (Tevye) on Friday, and it’s a very sweet song. To tell you the truth, I’m a little disappointed with Golde (my character). She’s not as mean as I thought. She’s actually kind of…nice. I’ve played really nasty mothers before, so this is a little different. Next week is immersion week (part one)!

Gotta go,
Golde (Ali Z.)

Inly Middle School Presents
Fiddler on the Roof
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
7:00 pm
Meehan Family Artsbarn
Free and open to the public

Read Diary of a Middle School Golde, Part One.

Read Diary of a Middle School Golde, Part Two.

Read Diary of a Middle School Golde, Part Three.

From One Tevye to Another: Perspectives on Fiddler, Middle School, and Photography

It was a stroke of good luck that the Tevye in the upcoming Inly Middle School production of Fiddler on the Roof had the chance to meet and interview the Tevye from 2003 while they were both at Inly last week working on separate projects.

Mac M. (8th grade) was at Inly for a week-long “behind the scenes” internship with the administrative team. As part of his responsibilities in the communications office, he was able to interview Conor Detwiler (’03) who was on campus teaching a Project Week class in the Middle School.

The two Tevyes: Conor Detwiler and Mac M. Photo by Lucy K. (a 7th grade student in Conor's photography class)

Mac: You were an eighth grader when you performed the role of Tevye in the 2003 production of Fiddler on the Roof. What was your experience performing this role?

Conor: It was a lot of fun. I remember practicing my lines during a vacation in Morocco. I learned my lines on a train to Marrakech and came back home and performed the role. It was a lot of fun. I remember rehearsals with Colleen and Donna—that was probably the closest thing to voice lessons that I had ever had. I remember we all worked well together as a group and enjoyed each other’s company.

[Fun fact: the 2003 production of Fiddler was the first musical staged in the Meehan Family Artsbarn.]

Mac: What was your middle school experience like?

Conor: I think that those two years were probably the best ones in my later education. We had a lot of freedom to study what we wanted, to communicate as we wanted among ourselves. To think about what we wanted with a group and lead our own experiences.

Mac: How did an Inly education serve you in high school and beyond?

Conor: I have become an artist and I think that Inly has influenced that a lot—the mentality of doing everything yourself, in a group but motivating yourself. Not performing up to a certain par or standard but instead making your own course which I continue to do through art. I started a business designing handbags a few years ago, which is a lot like being a middle school student here—you make things work and use the resources that you find available. An Inly education has you thinking the same way.

Mac: What high school did you attend?

Conor: The Commonwealth School in Boston.

Mac: I hear that you are teaching a class in the Middle School now during Project Week. What is it about?

Conor: I am teaching a photography class to six kids and it’s a lot of fun. They are so creative, make their own decisions, and show me great stuff. And they take my advice—it’s great.

Mac: How did you become interested in photography?

Conor: This is hard to remember. I took pictures when we would travel as family. I think that I actually became interested in photography here at Inly Middle School during an internship with a photographer.

Mac: And what about photography makes you, well, love it?

Conor: I think that it was a chance to express myself initially and it required the least amount of technical training so I could move with it right away. For now, it’s the same as all art, its freedom.

Mac: What concepts and basic skills are you trying to convey in your class?

Conor: I think I am really just trying to get the students to develop their own perspectives. I give them loose definitions of what I want them to do. And I really want to see what they’re interested in and give them personalized comments in order to incite their interests.

Mac: Has photography taught you anything about life?

Conor: How to look at the world. As a photographer, you are always paying attention to what’s around you and what you can change to make it more interesting. And I think that the perspective that you develop as a photographer really starts to saturate every day.

Mac: Do you believe that Inly has played a big role in getting you to where you are today, and if so, why?

Conor: It’s too hard to define, but it has definitely been a positive influence.

Mac: Thank you.

Inly Middle School Presents
Fiddler on the Roof
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
7:00 pm
Meehan Family Artsbarn
Free and open to the public

Diary of a Middle School Golde, Part Three

By Ali Z. (8th grade)

Greetings from Golde!

Last week, we rehearsed all the group numbers in Fiddler on the Roof, like “Tradition” and “The Dream.” I feel really confident with the play’s progress! Sure, we need a little help memorizing the songs, but what kind of show would it be if we didn’t have to work hard for it? Everyone looks like they’re having a lot of fun, and the songs are sounding BEAUTIFUL! We’re getting the movements down, and “The Dream” is fabulous!

At one point, I have to start pushing Tevye (Mac M.) around the stage, and it’s SO much fun!!! I’m getting really excited for the play. We’re going to have the next week without rehearsals, which makes me kinda nervous because the play’s so close, but I have faith that we’ll do great, no matter what.

Today we ran through all the scenes in the play, which was really cool and a lot of fun. In the scene after the dream, there are people gossiping about Motel marrying Tzeitel, and one of the people said by accident, “Did you hear? Motel’s marrying Tevye!” Everyone burst out laughing!

One of my scenes is very serious, and I have to tell Tevye that one of our daughters eloped, but I just can’t pronounce the name of the man she elopes with! His name is Fyedka, (pronounced Fee-ED-ka) but I keep saying Fredrika!

I’m really nervous about the bottle dance, because we’re going to be using real bottles and NO velcro. It’s going to be completely real. I can just imagine bottles flying all over the place.

It’s really cool having Donna (our head of school, above) direct us, because she knows us inside out and knows exactly how to play it. It’s also really funny, when someone else tries to do a little directing, she says, “When I die, you can be the director. Right now, though, it’s my turn.”

This is one of the coolest plays I’ve ever been in. The music is so exciting, the lines are so funny, and it’s just so honest. Unlike the other plays we’ve done, this one doesn’t really have a happy ending. However, just for that reason, the play is much more real and beautiful.

Gotta go!

Golde (Ali Z)

Inly Middle School Presents
Fiddler on the Roof
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
7:00 pm
Meehan Family Artsbarn
Free and open to the public

Read Diary of a Middle School Golde, Part One.

Read Diary of a Middle School Golde, Part Two.

Diary of a Middle School Golde, Part Two

By Ali Z. (8th grade)

Hi! It’s Ali again, refreshed by a long weekend! Today we learned “Anatevka,” the last number in Fiddler of the Roof. It’s a slow and depressing song, because something life-altering has happened to all the residents of the town (I’m not telling you what!). All through the show, my character, Golde, is supposed to be very unemotional, but for the last two scenes she shows that she’s really not at all. It’s quite bittersweet, and the song reflects that perfectly.

I was struck this week by the height differences between the “couples” in the play!

Hodel (Megan R, left) is way shorter than Perchik (Jimmy H., right);

the person who plays Motel (Tucker A., right) is at least a foot shorter than the person who plays Tzeitel (Grace H., left);

and the person who plays Fyedka (Tucker M., left) towers over Chava (Elizabeth H., right).

And then there’s me. I am about 12 inches smaller than Tevye. Very funny! Thank you to alumna Phoebe Knox (’10) for the photos.

Gotta go, more next week…

Ali Z (Golde)

Inly Middle School Presents
Fiddler on the Roof
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
7:00 pm
Meehan Family Artsbarn
Free and open to the public

Read Diary of a Middle School Golde, Part One.

Diary of a Middle School Golde, Part One

By Ali Z. (8th grade)

Hi! My name is Ali, and I am playing Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, which is this year’s Inly Middle School musical production.

We’ve been having rehearsals for about four weeks, and of those four weeks, we have been choreographing the number “Tradition” for about all of them. It’s one heck of a number! We’re all trying like crazy to remember it, and I think we’ve got it now. Everyone moves all over the place and everyone has to know where they have to be at the exact moment and what they have to dance and sing at the same time. It’s crazy!

Speaking of crazy, today we reviewed “The Dream”—it is, you guessed it, a dream sequence. It’s really weird! First, there happen to be musicians magically in Tevye and Golde’s bedroom, then all of Tevye’s dead relatives come out and start singing and dancing. Someone very imaginative must have come up with that one!

When we were rehearsing “The Dream,” I was singing the chorus and I thought I was doing great until Meri-Lee (our music director) said “Stop slurring the words! This isn’t “To Life” you know!” (“To Life” is a scene in a bar; you can guess why everything should be slurred.) I was subconsciously connecting the words together! I have a really, really LOUD voice, so when I make a mistake, you can tell.

Ali and Adrienne take a moment out of their rehearsal schedule to pose for a photo.

Adrienne, a girl in our class, is playing Fruma Sarah, a dead person who interrupts the dream party and threatens to place a curse on the family if one of their daughters marries her (still living) husband. That part was made for her! Adrienne is going to be so good at that part, and it’s going to be really cool! She gets very enthusiastic in the middle, and yells “pearls!” over and over.

Gotta go, more next week…

Ali Z (Golde)

Inly Middle School Presents
Fiddler on the Roof
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
7:00 pm
Meehan Family Artsbarn
Free and open to the public