On the evening of July 18th, our Residents attended the play, Fiddler on the Roof, performed by the PHAMALY Theatre Company. For those of you who haven’t had the pleasure of seeing this theatrical troupe, you need to know that the majority of the performers are physically challenged. However, five minutes into this phenomenal show you are so mesmerized by how the actors have integrated their wheelchairs, canes, prosthetic devices into their performance that you don’t notice them anymore.
The old familiar songs, IF I WERE A RICH MAN and SUNRISE SUNSET provoke the same nostalgic feelings. The one thing that stands out from all the other live performance is the Wedding scene. In the Jewish tradition, the bride and groom are placed on separate chairs. The wedding guests raise the chairs in the air and dance. In this performance, two wheelchairs are placed on the stage. The bride and groom get into the chairs, hold the white cloth and begin to wheel around in a wheelchair dance formation. Of all the times that we have seen Fiddler on the Roof, this rendition of the wedding dance will be an all-time favorite.
Thanks to Art Reach who gave Mullen Home twelve tickets to the play, Fiddler on the Roof. Without kind donations like these, our Residents would not be able to attend cultural events such as this play.