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Bringing Stars to the Amphitheatre

"Fiddler on the Roof" Summer Theatre Program, 1971

Fiddler on the Roof program, 1971

 

 

For the first three years of the Amphitheatre's existence, Summer Theatre brought in three famous people to perform alongside their own.  This operation had two goals.  One was to provide the company with the valuable experience of working with high caliber actors.  The other was to attract larger audiences to the new Amphitheatre.

 

Shelley Berman, Stephen Arlen, and John Carradine were brought in for the summers of 1971, 1972, and 1973, respectively.  After 1973, this program was dicontinued because Tom Turner felt it was important to foster the talent of the local performancers, rather than to put the majority of the focus on one person for the season.  Additionally, musicals had the same potential to draw in large audiences.