Fiddler Announces Casting Lottery Upon Discovering Every Female in Room is Qualified
April 4, 2018
Citing that she’d heard “Far From the Home I Love” a total of 297 times in the past 24 hours, Casting Director Brigid Beckwitt announced Friday that they would not be holding callbacks for the upcoming non-union tour of Fiddler on the Roof.
“We thought about maybe narrowing it down to who had done the show before, but shockingly, every single women at the open call had already played Hodel in high school” stated Beckwitt. “Then we thought about only calling in the women who made us cry, but if that song doesn’t make you weep every time you hear it, your heart is actually made of stone. I cried 297 times yesterday. Honestly, I'm exhausted.”
Reaction from auditionees was mixed; while some expressed concerns over this new method of casting others were enthusiastic. Hannah Winters, a 23 year old who has played both Hodel and Tzeitel in previous productions, met the news with a shrug of her shoulders, "Meh, I'd be mad, but we would all definitely be exactly fine in this so I can't really complain."
To deal with this issue, the producers have stated that they would simply be putting headshots in a hat and pulling at random to decide who to cast as the five sisters. Exact roles will then be determined by height order of the selected women. Despite this change in policy, Beckwitt wished to reiterate “We are still desperately seeking Fruma Sarah types.”