“Joyous.” “Gutsy.” “Epic” – Three words Marcus and Rachel Stevens use to describe “Fiddler.” Plus, why they think “Downton Abbey” is just like “Fiddler!”

Second in a Series.

Click here to view a video interview with Marcus and Rachel Stevens who discuss the quality of Mainstage productions at Upper Darby Summer Stage.

When we sat down with Marcus and Rachel Stevens to discuss “Fiddler on the Roof,” we learned more about the production…and observed how Marcus and Rachel complete each other’s sentences!

What is someone going to experience when they come to the Mainstage production, “Fiddler on the Roof?”

Rachel and Marcus Stevens oversee a recent "Fiddler on the Roof" rehearsal.
Rachel and Marcus Stevens oversee a recent “Fiddler on the Roof” rehearsal.

MS: They are going to see a professional-style show. They are going to see something that is just like going to see something in New York or at The Walnut.  The quality of the actors…they’re not kids. It’s a professional company.

The actors are more experienced and older [than the cast members of the children’s theater program]. The difference in age allows you to be more nit picky, to be more complex with them, to challenge them more. And to let them discover things more than you would with a children’s theater cast.

RS: They’re going to get a professional show and they’re going to get entertainment for the whole family. It is such a family-friendly, fun show.  There are some dark moments but it’s VERY joyous. It’s very fun. There’s lots of great dancing.

MS: And it’s about kids. There are kids in it. It’s about parents and children. So essentially, it’s a show for parents to bring their children. And the quality is unmatched.  You’re not going to get anything in Delaware County that is this good.

 

Rachel and Marcus_moreIf you can use three single words to describe the production, what would they be?

MS: I would say…”joy.” “Joyous” is a word I would definitely use. It’s so GUTSY.  But that’s not a word.

RS: It IS a good word! It’s gutsy.

MS: We keep telling the actors, “Everything you do has to come from here.” (Presses stomach)

RS: “Sing from your gut!”

MS: Gina (Music Director Gina Giachero) keeps saying, “Sing from your kidneys!”

And it’s kind of epic.

RS: It is.

MS: It’s epic!

RS: I think those are really good words. “Joyous.” “Gutsy.” And, “Epic.”

MS: Fiddler is kind of the precursor to…it’s like an old time “Les Mis.” It’s so big! There’s so much stuff in it!

MS: And it’s like Downton Abbey! When I was watching Downton Abbey I was thinking, “This is kind of based on Fiddler.”

RS: It’s like the British version, except [in Downton Abbey} they’re rich.

MS: But it’s the same idea…the parents have been raised with a certain set of values and this is the way life if supposed to be. And the kids [three daughters] have other ideas because they’re changing with the times. And that’s exactly what “Fiddler” is about. There are three daughters. It’s about parents and kids and that disconnect between kids growing up and being a part of the era that they live in and parents struggling to hold on to the era they had. And that’s what’s so universal about it. It can take place anywhere.

Watch for more of the interview posted later this week on the Upper Darby Summer Stage Facebook Page!

Click here to view a video interview with Marcus and Rachel Stevens who discuss the quality of Mainstage productions at Upper Darby Summer Stage.

 

 

One Response to ““Joyous.” “Gutsy.” “Epic” – Three words Marcus and Rachel Stevens use to describe “Fiddler.” Plus, why they think “Downton Abbey” is just like “Fiddler!””

  1. Betsy G

    Congrats on another great season. Looking forward to seeing Frog & Toad.

    Reply

Leave a Reply