Grafton students shine this weekend in ‘Fiddler on the Roof’


Jake, Omar and Sam Sandakly in “Fiddler on the Roof.”

What are you doing this weekend? I’m going to watch my daughter in her debut performance at the Hanover Theatre, alongside several Graftonites, in “Fiddler on the Roof.”

The show, the culmination of the three week Hanover Theatre Youth Summer Program, features a record number of Sandaklys — Jake Sandakly (seen this spring as Shrek in “Shrek: The Musical” in his final Grafton High performance before attending New York University) as Tevye, Omar Sandakly as Perchik and Sam Sandakly a Russian Soloist. It’s the first time all three brothers will be performing in one show and — fun fact — Jake previously performed as Tevye as an eighth grader at Grafton Middle School.

Stolen selfie by Megan Paluzzi, center.

Stolen selfie by Megan Paluzzi, center.

Megan Paluzzi is Bielke and Nicole Talbot is Shprintze, while Alyssa Luber plays Yente. Matt Landry is the innkeeper.

Behind the scenes, Phil L’Esperance, a Grafton High graduate and 2015 winner of American Opera Idol, has been giving vocal coaching to performers and a number of Grafton High students and graduates are working behind the scenes. It’s my son David’s last production before he ships off to UMass Lowell, by the way, where he will major in mechanical engineering.

Meghan Patrick, as always, is the director and a figure of great inspiration and fear.

The show is at 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 14 and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Aug. 15. Get your tickets here or at the box office.

One more note — there is another Grafton-based play happening this weekend, Apple Tree Arts’ “Mary Poppins” at Northbridge High, 7 p.m. on Friday.


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