The Media Theatre presents a special presentation of the classic musical "Fiddler On The Roof" this summer to celebrate the show's 50th anniversary. 

It's produced by Media Music Theatre Company and is on stage July 11 through August 10, with performances on Friday nights at 7pm, Saturdays at 2pm and 7pm, and Sundays at 3pm. 

A youth cast shares the stage with several professional adult actors to remind audiences of the brilliance of this wonderful Tony winning Broadway musical. "Fiddler On The Roof" is all about Tevye, a Jewish man in Russia in the early 1900's who is doing his best to keep his family together amidst changing times and while his five daughters are growing up right before his eyes. It's a musical steeped in "Tradition!" 

Let's look at Ben Pederson's interesting responses to several questions regarding the show and his burgeoning career! This is Ben's first time on The Media Theatre stage, so come on out to share the excitement
Young Actor Ben Pederson

A)   What's it like being in one of the most legendary musicals of all time, which is currently celebrating its 50th anniversary?    I LOVE being in it. It is the best show I’ve ever been in.  Everything is fun! I like learning the music, the  choreography, and even the work through. I like learning  about  theater and the background of the shows.

B)   What role are you playing and how did you approach it?          I am playing Avram, the bookseller. I am playing this role as  a comical 45 year old man with all of the news. Everything is  a crisis to Avram. 

C)   What historical significance does this musical have and why is it important?  It is really important to learn about the historical side to this musical, all of the problems, the brutal things that the tsars did. I did some research on this crucial part in world history. I am glad that Fiddler on the Roof was created so that other parts of the world could learn about the horrible things happening in Russia at that period in time.
D)   Tell us a bit about your past shows, hobbies, hopes and dreams, etc. The first show I was in was Charlie and the Chocolate Factory when I was 4.  I played Augustus Gloop.  I really enjoyed it.  A couple of my hobbies are reading/writing, karate, and theater.  

E)   What do you hope audiences take away from this production? I hope that the audience understands that this show is showing them what life was like for Jewish  people in 1905 Russia and that they were trying to keep in order with their traditions.

       F) In your own words, why is the Media Theatre's education program valuable?  It teaches kids of all ages about acting, going deep into the show, and lets kids who love theater have fun. 

To see BEN PEDERSON and the rest of the cast in "Fiddler On The Roof" during the show's celebratory 50th anniversary, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org