A mostly sure-footed ‘Fiddler’ remains solidly on the roof

CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” includes a stellar leading performance and top-notch scenic and lighting design

THEATER REVIEW

Tevye is the sun at the center of the “Fiddler on the Roof” solar system. If he doesn’t flood you with light, gravity and nurturing, all-encompassing warmth, you might as well forget it.

That’s a major reason why CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre’s production works as well as it does. Darren Tharp, a seasoned community-theater actor making his debut as Tevye, often shines in a booming, well crafted performance as theater history’s most famous dairyman.

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To Life: A scene from CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Photo / Kyle Lowe

His “If I Were a Rich Man” is a delightful exercise in crisp comic timing. The nostalgic “Sunrise, Sunset” is heartfelt and achingly sung. Director Scott Hancock coaxes emotion and depth from this strong and nuanced actor.

I’m still not convinced that Tharp, who recently turned 40, is quite old enough to dig into Tevye as deeply as he might in the years to come, and he finds it a little harder in the second act to command the stage like he does in the first. But it’s still a notable outing.

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House Hunters International: the Russian Peasant Edition

As CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre’s production of “Fiddler on the Roof” opens, Tevye gets a chance to go shopping for a rich man’s house

THEATER PREVIEW

Like many of us when it comes to real estate, Tevye the milkman dreams big. He fantasizes about living in a home with “one long staircase just going up, and one even longer coming down.” And who can blame him? In “Fiddler on the Roof,” Tevye’s family of seven, plus a cow, is crammed into a far too cozy Anatevka fixer-upper.

“If I Were a Rich Man,” one of “Fiddler’s” most beloved tunes, offers a specific wish list for a house (rooms by the dozen, real wooden floors, a fine tin roof) that would have the most seasoned Realtor scouring the Multiple Listing Service for possibilities. Yes, Tevye sings that he plans to build this large and impressive edifice by himself, but why not skip the added timeline of a custom job and see what’s on the market instead?

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If he were a rich man: Tevye the milkman meets up with Adam Kitt, the “Singing Realtor,” for an afternoon of house shopping. Photo / The Munro Review

In honor of CenterStage Clovis Community Theatre’s new production of the stalwart Broadway classic, then, The Munro Review offered to do a little matchmaking of its own. Why should Yente get all the fun? We arranged to connect Tevye (who’d love for each of those five daughters to get her own bedroom) with a musical-theater-loving real estate professional, Clovis-based Adam Kitt (he calls himself “The Singing Realtor”), on a house hunt.

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