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‘Fiddler on the Roof’ sing-a-long on Christmas Eve

While the night before Christmas is usually a quiet time in the local Jewish community, this year, Claremont’s Laemmle Theater is hoping to attract many of its members with a special sing-a-long presentation of the classic film Fiddler on the Roof, beginning at 7:30 p.m. on Christmas Eve, December 24.

“We’ve done this with great success the last few years in West LA, and we thought it was time to share the fun at some of our other locations,” Greg Laemmle, head of the theater chain, said.

The presentation in Claremont is being done in partnership with Temple Beth Israel, the largest of the area’s synagogues, who is offering discounted tickets for the show through their office.

“As soon as we heard they might bring it here, we got really excited,” TBI’s Cantor Paul Buch noted. “Sing-a-longs are so much fun, and they’ve really gotten popular. Having a chance to connect the local Jewish community this way is great also, and besides, many of us already know a lot of the words.”

Cantor Buch, who has consulted on numerous local Fiddler productions, will give a brief introduction to the screening focused on the musical and social relevance of the film, which is based on the 1964 Broadway musical of the same name.

The musical is based on the writing of Sholem Aleichem, who wrote dozens of both touching and provocative stories about Eastern European Jewish life around the turn of the 20th Century.

On-screen titles and/or songbooks will allow the audience to fully participate in the action, and appropriate costumes are also invited.

Advanced tickets, which offer a 45 percent savings over the price at the box office, may be obtained through the TBI office by calling (909) 626-1277.

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