Fiddling Around

How many times have you found yourself humming along with the tunes in a musical? I know, I know, it's embarrassing to admit to a weakness for such theatrics, but realistically, Chicago wouldn't have made so much money if people didn't know the words to every single song.This brings us to the event at hand, Beth Rachamim Synagogue's interactive screening of the musical movie classic Fiddler on the Roof. The public is invited to attend the free, family-oriented show that begins at 7:30 p.m. on Sat., Aug. 21.

Fiddler on the Roof's story follows a 19th-century Russian family and their community as they struggle to survive amidst poverty, anti-Semitism, prejudice and segregation. Through it all, they maintain a positive perspective and a sense of humor that is truly inspirational. The musical has probably remained popular for so many years because it's poignant without being cheesy and funny without being ridiculous — and the singing and dancing actually adds to the story as opposed to distracting from it. (I'm sure you've heard "If I Were a Rich Man" or "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" at least once.)

Come in costume or come as you are, sing and dance or just sit back and enjoy the show. Popcorn and cold drinks will be served and the viewing is preceded by a Havdalah service at 7 p.m. for those interested in attending.

The merriment takes place at the Unitarian Universalist Church, located at 719 Arlington Ave. N. in St. Petersburg. For more information, call 727-822-5415.

This event has been arranged by Beth Rachamim Synagogue in order to increase community awareness of its presence. The synagogue welcomes Jewish folks of all denominations, gay or straight, as well as converts and pretty much anyone who's curious about their Jewish heritage or about Judaism in general.