WHO'S WHO IN FIDDLER ON THE ROOF....THE JAFFE SISTERS

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.

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!" 

The Jaffe sisters, who have both been involved at The Media Theatre for several years, get to spend stage time together in the production directed by Artistic Director Jesse Cline.
Brianna Jaffe
Brianna Jaffe, 12, plays the role of Chava, the middle child of Tevye. "I approach the role as a bookworm teenager who starts a little crush," Brianna said. "The show is exciting for me because it's interesting to see such a legendary piece of history interpreted through modern day eyes."

Brianna explains the show in her own words. "It tells the story of a poor Jewish family in the early 1900's who have started to face anti-Semitism, so while it is entertaining it is very educational."

She's been in major Broadway Series productions at The Media Theatre in the past including "The Sound of Music" as Marta. She has fond memories of the production of "Annie" a few years ago in which she played the role of Kate and worked alongside Emmy winner Wanda Sykes. "I love to sing," she says. "I've done the National Anthem several times for the Philadelphia 76er's, too."

"After 50 years audiences still love the music in "Fiddler"", she said. "I would like audiences to also understand how beautiful the Jewish culture and traditions are as well."

As per The Media Theatre's New School and classes she has attended, Brianna gives them a rave review. "I have taken away so much confidence and real experience from the theatre's educational program. It has helped me to be a stronger performer and a more confident singer. Being in "Fiddler" will just add to that."
Jolie Jaffe
Her younger sister, Jolie, started out at The Media Theatre when she was 5. Now a much more mature 10 year old, Jolie also loves being involved. "I started acting classes at around five years old and my first show was "Snow White" when I was six," the veteran stage actress says. "I was Gretl in "The Sound of Music"--that was a great show! I go to summer theatre camps and was in the children's shows "Wizard of OZ" and most recently "Magic Tree House". I love being a part of the New School at The Media Theatre."

She's only 10, but she speaks with the wisdom beyond her years when referring to her classes at The Media Theatre. "As a student at the theatre, I can utilize my learning with great opportunities on the stage," she explains. "I would not have these opportunities anywhere else."

Being in "Fiddler" brings Jolie great joy. "It's exciting and fun to be in such a well known show! My cast mates feel the same way. We know the songs and the theme of the show." 

"I play Bielke in the musical," Jolie says. "She's the youngest daughter. She's curious and sweet and loving."

"The musical shows how hard life was back then for poor Jewish families and the stuggles they had," Jolie stated. "To me the show is important because it is educational, entertaining, and is interesting to watch because younger kids are performing this and thankfully we are not going through the struggle they had back then. It gives us a much better understanding of the Jewish history and tradition!"

Who could put it more succinctly?


To see the Jaffe sisters and the rest of the young cast (with a few adults) in "Fiddler On The Roof" July 11 through August 10, visit mediatheatre.org or call 610-891-0100.










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