WHO'S WHO IN "FIDDLER ON THE ROOF"....COREY KATONA IS MORDCHA, THE INNKEEPER
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.
Corey Katona, along with being an understudy for several roles including the Rabbi's son Mendel, plays the role of Mordcha, the Innkeeper. He says, "Mordcha is a wonderful role for me because of the humor and playful nature of his character. I really enjoy the dialogue I get to say during the show. One of the things I've had to approach differently is that Mordcha, in the show, is older than I am, so I've had to slow my movements to fit the role."
Of this task, Katona says,"This was difficult for me at first due to my athletic background where I must make sharp and quick movements. To approach this role, I've focused more on making my movements "strong" instead of "quick"."
This is not Katona's first time on The Media Theatre stage, however. "I have been in several shows here, including Three Little Pigs, Alice in Wonderland, Hair and most recently in the Broadway Series musical Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat."
He is also interested in sports. "As previously mentioned, I have a strong athletic background, focusing on lacrosse and martial arts," he said. "I have earned a second degree black belt in Tang Soo Do style karate along with being a member of the varsity lacrosse team at my high school. My future dreams are to play college lacrosse and to be involved in many campus productions. I wish to become a professional actor after college, focusing on voice-over/voice work while continuing to learn and become the best actor possible."
He has high praise for the "Fiddler" experience. "It is an honor and pleasure to be in this production which is one of Broadway’s legendary musicals," he explained. "Life lessons presented in the show can be appreciated by all ages and have stood the test of time."
He talks about the show's legendary status. "This musical's historical significance comes from showing the changes in Russia during the early 1900's along with challenging tradition in society. It is very clear in the show that most of the villagers of Anatevka are unhappy with how the Tzar is leading Russia. As the rich flourish and indulge, the poor suffer from poverty, food shortages and more. Jews were forced from their homes and moved to places far away from where their families had lived for generations."
He is also keen on the romantic aspects of the show. "As for challenging tradition, the story shows how arranged marriages were challenged by the younger generation. They want to marry for love and happiness, not for their own or their families personal gain . These two ideas clash throughout the show. Additionally, the "traditional" societal roles, where the men work, the women cook and clean, boys learn trades from their
To see Corey Katona and the entire cast of "Fiddler On The Roof" in the production directed by Jesse Cline, the theatre's Artistic Director, call 610-891-0100 or visit www.mediatheatre.org. The show runs thru August 10.