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May 14, 2013 > Fiddler musical at Eldridge Elementary

Fiddler musical at Eldridge Elementary

Submitted By Bruce Roberts, Photo by Guy Sandoval

Anyone who knows anything about educators knows that virtually all teachers work very, very hard. By the end of the day, they're tired, though they still may have a night of grading and lesson planning ahead.

At Hayward's Eldridge Elementary School, however, one teacher ends her school day rarin' to go. Martie Canterberry teaches fifth grade during the school day. After school though, she volunteers as the heart and soul of the Eldridge Drama Club with 55 second through sixth graders actively practicing to produce the famous Broadway musical, Fiddler on the Roof.

Ms. Canterberry holds rehearsals for the whole cast for over two hours after school, plus individual scenes at lunch. This effort is for two performances May 16 and 17. Anyone who has acted knows this means a very tough week of increased rehearsals in full costume. But, ohhhh, are they worth it.

At first glance, an observer might think he's entered a beehive. Fifty-five kids are active, and the buzz of their activity dominates the multi-purpose room. That is, until Ms. Canterberry commands their attention. Speaking intensely, speaking in great detail, and with a praising yet matter-of-fact voice, the director rules the room. And, from the depth of detail she's teaching them, it's obvious she knows this play inside out.

A whirlwind of motion, she gives constant direction - behavior, props, music tapes, lights, different groups, various parts, blocking, adding furniture, adding costumes - coaxing the best from the singers.

And when the 55 strong, angelic voices launch into a Broadway show stopper, it's obvious that Ms. Canterberry - besides spending much of her own time and money, for no extra pay - will produce wonderful performances. Eryson Moreno and Issamar Garcia sing the leads with fine voices, and when joined by the whole chorus, audiences will be amazed.

So theater fans... mark your calendars for Thursday, May 16, and Friday, May 17 at Hayward's Eldridge Elementary School for two showings of Fiddler on the Roof.

Fiddler on the Roof
Thursday, May 16 and Friday, May 17
7 p.m.
Eldridge Elementary School
26825 Eldridge Avenue, Hayward
(510) 723-3825, ext. "0"
$5 for ages 5 and older
Purchase in advance at the school office

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