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Zach Wilson GETS lead role

Zachary Wilson
Zachary Wilson

Zach Wilson from London Ontario, who has been a part of film projects with iFilmGroup and m & s Marshall Productions, has been cast in the leading role of Tevye in the London Christian Academy’s musical production of "Fiddler on the Roof".

Zach production experience includes being young James Donnelly in the "Black Donnelly’s", Rob in the feature film "Summer of Discovery" and a student in the 30 minute short film "Malicious Attack" about bullying with m & s Marshall Productions. Zach is also scheduled to be a part of an upcoming iFilmGroup promo video and will appear as one a group of basketball teens in Marshal’s newest film "Blue Love".

Before these newest ventures, Zach is working on walking the boards of his lead role of Tevye in the classic Fiddler on the Roof. The play is a musical with music by Jerry Bock, lyrics by Sheldon Harnick and book by Joseph Stein set in the Pale of Settlement of Imperial Russia in 1905. The story centers on Tevye, the father of five daughters, and his attempts to maintain his Jewish religious and cultural traditions as outside influences encroach upon the family's lives. He must cope both with the strong willed actions of his three older daughters, who wish to marry for love – each one's choice of a husband moves further away from the customs of his faith – and with the edict of the Tsarthat evicts the Jews from their village.

The original Broadway production of the show, which opened in 1964, had the first musical theatre run in history to surpass 3,000 performances. Fiddler held the record for the longest-running Broadway musical for almost 10 years until Grease surpassed its run. It remains the sixteenth longest-running show in Broadway history. The production was extraordinarily profitable and highly acclaimed. It won nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical, score, book, direction and choreography. It spawned five Broadway revivals and a highly successful 1971 film adaptation that was directed and produced by Norman Jewison. The film received eight Oscar nominations, including Best Picture, Best Director for Jewison, Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Best Actor in a Supporting Role.

The show has enjoyed enduring international popularity. It is also a very popular choice for school and community productions. London Christian Academy felt the same as their students decided to embrace “tradition” with their production of Fiddler on the Roof JR., featuring over 100 Grade 4-8 students examining important issues such as tradition, tolerance and faith. The students are working hard and are so excited to see it start to come together.

The show can be see April 25th – 2 pm, April 26th – 7:30 pm, April 27th – 10:30 am Tickets are $5/adult, $2/child or senior, $10/family and can be purchased from the London Christian Academy.

Congratulations ZachiFilmGroup Co-founders