Fiddler on the Roof cast

The LAOS Cast of Fiddler on the Roof

Tevye: Mike Porter

Mike trained to be a teacher at King Alfred’s College in Winchester, where he studied Drama as his main course. This gave him the opportunity to appear in a wide variety of productions, ranging from Greek tragedy to Ben Travers farce, from Shakespeare's ‘King Lear’ to ‘Guys & Dolls’. Whilst at college he also appeared in a film for American TV, in which he played a singing monk!

Mike joined LAOS to play the part of Frederick in ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ in 1987, having previously been a member of Kippax AOS, where he played numerous principal roles, including Sky Masterson in ‘Guys & Dolls’, The King in ‘The King and I’, Jupiter in ‘Orpheus in the Underworld’ and, in different productions, Fyedka and Tevye in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’. Mike has also played parts with other local societies, The American in ‘Chess’ with Buttershaw St Paul’s AODS being among his favourites.

Since joining LAOS, he has played many leading principal roles with us, including Henry Higgins in ‘My Fair Lady’ (2001), Julian Marsh in ‘42nd Street’ (2003), Horace Vandergelder in ‘Hello, Dolly!’ (2004), Father in ‘Ragtime’ (2007), and Mr Brownlow in ‘Oliver!’ (2008), all at the Grand Theatre. At the West Yorkshire Playhouse, he played Pilate in ‘Jesus Christ Superstar’ (2005) and The Beadle in ‘Sweeney Todd’ (2008).

As Headteacher of a successful junior school, Mike has also appeared with children from his school in an episode of ‘Frost’ for Yorkshire TV. Carrying on a theme from the filming in his college days, this time Mike portrayed a guitar playing vicar in the local church!

Mike appears with local cabaret group Encore on a regular basis.

Golde: Nicola Brook

Nicola first joined LAOS for our 1987 production of ‘The Pirates of Penzance’. Principal roles since then have included Ado Annie in ‘Oklahoma!’ (1992), Fraulein Schneider in ‘Cabaret’ (1995), Mabel in ‘Mack & Mabel’ (2000), Dolly Levi in ‘Hello, Dolly!’ (2004), Mother in ‘Ragtime’ (2007), Mrs Lovett in ‘Sweeney Todd’ and Mrs Sowerberry in ‘Oliver!’ (both 2008), and last year Lady Thiang in ‘The King and I’.

Further afield, she appeared as Miss Hannigan in ‘Annie’, Gladys in ‘The Pajama Game’ and Yente in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, all with Bingley AOS, Jeanette in ‘The Full Monty’ with Upstagers Theatre Group, and Mrs Lovett in the Lindley Church AOS production of ‘Sweeney Todd’ at the Lawrence Batley Theatre in Huddersfield. Play credits include LV in ‘The Rise and Fall of Little Voice’, Eliza Doolittle in ‘Pygmalion’, Andy in ‘Stepping Out’, and Jean in ‘Lucky Sods’, all with Bingley Little Theatre, and Susan in ‘Bed Among the Lentils’ (Alan Bennett's Talking Heads) with the Endellion Theatre Company in Buxton, Penistone and at the Sheffield Crucible.  Nicola has also performed with Sing Live UK at the Royal Albert Hall, the De Montfort Hall in Leicester and Leeds Town Hall, and appeared in their production of ‘Evita’ at Leeds Grand Theatre in 2002.

Nicola appears with local cabaret group Encore on a regular basis.

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Tzeitel: Rachel Aston

Rachel’s theatrical debut was as a rat in ‘The Pied Piper of Hamlyn’ at Pontefract Town Hall, aged 3! As a child she trained with the Leydon Smith School of Theatre Dance, appearing in various dance shows and pantomimes. Although her dancing was cut short by injury, Rachel continued to perform in productions such as ‘Smike’, ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, ‘Gumshoe’ (playing Dolly), ‘Grease’ (playing Sandy) and ‘Stomp’. She more recently appeared as Joanie in ‘The Full Monty’ with Locked Out Productions at Wakefield Theatre in 2009.

Rachel’s love of gospel music led her to become president of the Warwick University gospel choir ‘Revelation’ whilst reading Psychology, performing extensively with the choir both regionally and nationally. Whilst in this role, she helped set up a musical exchange scheme, travelling to Barbados to run gospel workshops with secondary schools.

Rachel has previously appeared with LAOS in ‘The Producers’ and ‘The King and I’, and this will be her first principal role with us.  She dedicates her performance to the memory of her friend Paul Harding.

Hodel: Laura Pick

Laura is presently in her second year at college studying Musical Theatre. This is her second production with LAOS; she will be remembered for her portrayal of Johanna in ‘Sweeney Todd’ here at the Playhouse in 2008.

Laura has played several leading roles elsewhere. With Wakefield Youth Music Theatre, she appeared as Serena in ‘Fame’, Cosette in ‘Les Misérables’, Gabriella in ‘High School Musical’, Debs in ‘Boogie Nights’ and more recently Vi Moore in ‘Footloose’. In Barnsley, Laura played Yum Yum in Gilbert & Sullivan’s comic operetta ‘The Mikado’. She is also a member of Harrogate St Andrew’s Players, and appeared as Hope Harcourt in their production of ‘Anything Goes’, and Crystal in ‘Little Shop of Horrors’, both at Harrogate Theatre.

Laura recently obtained both her ALCM and LLCM in Musical Theatre with the London College of Music.

Chava: Chloe Proctor

Chloe is 16 years old, and this is her first show with LAOS. She has just begun studying Musical Theatre at college. In addition, she attends Scala Performing Arts, and also undertakes vocal training at the Rachel Swann Dance School.

No stranger to the stage, Chloe has been performing and singing for the last 10 years. Various principal roles have included the title role in Annie, Blousey Brown in ‘Bugsy Malone’, Bet in ‘Oliver!’ and Maria in ‘The Sound of Music’. She sings with Huddersfield Young Singers performing throughout Yorkshire, and has sung at London’s Royal Festival Hall. She also sings with a girl group, raising money for charity and recently winning a couple of talent shows.

TV credits include ‘Emmerdale’ (playing Roxy Lockhart), and ‘The Royal’. Chloe hopes to pursue a career in musical theatre and television.

Motel: Rob Rowe

This is Rob’s first principal role with LAOS, having performed previously in ‘The King and I’ at the Grand last November. Rob has been acting and singing from a young age. Originally from Birmingham, early roles included Colin in ‘Our Day Out’ and Theo in ‘Pippin’. Rob also appeared in ‘Sweeney Todd’ at the Crescent Theatre and ‘42nd Street’ at the Hippodrome with the Birmingham and Midland Operatic Society. Whilst studying for a degree in Performing Arts at Middlesex University, his theatre experience developed as a performer, writer and director, being involved in numerous reviews, plays and shows such as ‘Baby with the Bath Water’ by Christopher Durang, Jim Cartwright’s Bed and Gilbert & Sullivan’s ‘Trial by Jury’.

Rob has also sung with many choirs over the years, including the Barry Manilow Gospel Choir with whom he performed at the NEC Arena, and more locally the Huddersfield Choral Society, appearing at Sheffield City Hall, Saddleworth Festival, and of course Huddersfield Town Hall.

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Perchik: Jake Mitchell

This is Jake’s third production with LAOS, previously having played Edgar in ‘Ragtime’ (2007) and Noah Claypole in ‘Oliver!’ (2008), both at the Grand Theatre.

Jake is currently studying Drama, Dance, English and Media at St Wilfrid’s Sixth Form College in Featherstone. Since 2001 he has attended Scala Performing Art in Horsforth, and also undertakes vocal training with Cathy Nash. Jake has been performing since the age of 8. His many principal roles since then include Nick Piazza in ‘Fame’ (Locked Out Productions in Wakefield) and Angel in ‘Rent’ (St Mary's Youth Theatre in Garforth). With Wakefield Youth Music Theatre, he has played Gavroche in ‘Les Misérables’, Mendel in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, Paul in ‘A Chorus Line’, Troy in ‘High School Musical’, Roddy in ‘Boogie Nights’ and Ren in ‘Footloose’. Television credits include ‘Emmerdale’, ‘The Royal’ and ‘Heartbeat’, all for Yorkshire Television.

Jake was awarded the title of Young Musician of the Year 2009 at the Pontefract Music Festival.

Fyedka: Joe Mellor

Joe first joined LAOS in 2007 for our production of Ragtime at the Grand Theatre. He went on to appear as Mr Sowerberry in ‘Oliver!’, and will be more recently remembered for his portrayal of Carmen Ghia in ‘The Producers’ here at the Playhouse last year.

Joe has previously played a number of principal roles, notably Fagin in ‘Oliver!’ and Arial in ‘Return to the Forbidden Planet’, both at Sixth Form College at Bruntcliffe School in Morley. He played Paul McCartney in ‘We Will Rock You’ and Joe Vegas in ‘Fame’ (Wakefield Theatre Royal), and more recently with St Andrew’s Players in Harrogate he appeared as The Purser in ‘Anything Goes’, followed by Mark in ‘A Chorus Line’.

Joe also played the lead in a film called ‘Expired’ when he was 17.

Yente: Christine Castle

Christine began dancing at the age of 3. Her first taste of amateur theatre was as a dancer in Good Night, Vienna at the age of 11, and there commenced a long and happy involvement with the stage. Caring parents suggested studying for a ‘proper job’ so she became a hairdresser, still taking part in musicals at the Questors Theatre, London where she became a juvenile lead in numerous musicals.

Moving to Leeds in the early 70s, she joined the newly formed Yorkshire Television as a Makeup Artist, but quickly became part of the amateur scene by joining the Leeds Thespians, with whom she played many leading roles at the Grand Theatre. Christine was a founder member of the Potato Room Players, notably cast as Reno in ‘Anything Goes’, Rose in ‘Gypsy’, Jacqueline in ‘La Cage Aux Folles’ (with Danny La Rue), and Golde in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’, a part she has played five times with various West Yorkshire companies.

Christine also teaches Stage Makeup at the NODA Summer School and lectures for amateur groups. She and her husband Brian, a Costume Designer, devised a talk entitled ‘Making an Entrance’ showing actors how to prepare for performance.

Lazar Wolf : Rob Atkinson

This is Rob’s first show with LAOS, although not his first Lazar Wolf, a role he has previously played for Pontefract AOS. In fact, during his almost thirty years on the amateur stage, there are several roles he has revisited, namely Jud Fry in ‘Oklahoma!’ (eight times), Alfred P Doolittle in ‘My Fair Lady’ (six times), Bill Sikes in ‘Oliver!’ (twice), and Daddy Warbucks in ‘Annie’ (twice – and he shaved his head both times).

Rob started his amateur career with South Elmsall & District Musical Society, and from there moved to Wakefield West Riding Society in 1986, where he has more or less remained ever since.  He has played with many other societies in the Leeds/Wakefield/Castleford area, and also various Gilbert & Sullivan groups, appearing in roles such as Pooh Bah in ‘The Mikado’, Strephon in ‘Iolanthe’, the Major General in ‘The Pirates of Penzance’, and Don Alhambra in ‘The Gondoliers’. Rob is also something of a baddie, having portrayed the villain in six professional panto seasons!

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