4/5th Grade Fiddler Costume Information

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF COSTUME PLOT

JUDD 2018-2019


PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE COSTUME PARADE IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2018 from 3:30-5:30 PM. ALL STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE THEIR COSTUME PIECES READY BY THAT DATE.

If anyone has questions or needs assistance with any of the required costume items, please email Carolyn McCaffrey at cmccaffrey@nbtschools.org. and copy Ms. Perryman at eperryman@nbtschools.org.

FIDDLER ON THE ROOF is set in Russia circa 1905. The following recommended costumes are guided primarily by the traditions (influenced by the religious beliefs of the Jewish people portrayed in this story), as well as by the dress/fashion styles of this time period.

Traditions that influenced the clothing worn included:
1) Both males and females (of all ages) always kept their “heads covered” (caps/hats for males, and head scarves for females).
2) Males always wore prayer shawls (to show their devotion to God).

Styles of the period included:
1) Males – Daily Attire:
SHIRT – *collarless* long sleeve, button-front in most colors including white, creams, solids, stripes, plaids, prints or simple patterns – no black or bright colors!
PANTS – cotton, twill or similar fabric “work” pants in dark, earthen or muted colors (often tucked into tall work boots)
VEST – button-front made of cotton, twill, broadcloth, or poplin fabrics (not sweater-knits) in most colors  including solids, stripes, plaids, prints or simple patterns – no bright colors!
CAP – similar to a “Greek Fisherman Cap” (available in many styles, colors and prices from Amazon)
SOCKS – black or brown
SHOES or BOOTS – black or brown NO SNEAKERS!!!

2) Females – Daily Attire (included a “layered” look):
BLOUSE – long sleeve button-front or peasant style in most colors including white, creams, solids, stripes, plaids, prints or simple patterns – no black or bright colors!
SKIRT – long (ankle-length or slightly above ankle) full style in dark, earthen or muted colors, including solids, stripes, prints or simple patterns – no bright colors!
VEST (optional but preferred) button-front made of cotton, twill, broadcloth, or poplin fabrics (not sweater-knits) in most colors including solids, stripes, plaids, prints or simple patterns – no bright colors!
APRON – simple “half” apron (no bib) in white, creams/muslin, or muted colors; should be slightly shorter than skirt
**HEAD SCARF – triangular piece of fabric covering top of head and tied under hair at back of neck
STOCKINGS/TIGHTS – black or brown tights or knee highs/trouser socks; must be tall enough so that no leg shows under skirt
SHOES/BOOTS (PRAIRIE-STYLE BOOTS) – black or brown NO SNEAKERS!!!

*HOW TO MAKE A COLLARLESS SHIRT:
Using a regular collared button-front shirt, fold the collar to the inside at the neck band, then tack in place. Tacking may easily be removed following the performances to restore the shirt to its original look.

**HOW TO MAKE A HEAD SCARF:
Purchase ¾ yard of fabric (cotton, broadcloth, poplin, calico or similar) in any color that matches/coordinates with the skirt being worn (no black head scarf except for actors playing the role of Yente; no bright colors!). Our local WalMart has an adequate selection. Cut the fabric to a square ~ 27” X 27”, then fold into a triangle.

BELOW IS A LIST OF ALL ROLES IN JUDD’S PRODUCTION. PLEASE USE THE GUIDELINES LISTED ABOVE WHEN COORDINATING YOUR COSTUME. ALSO, PLEASE FOLLOW ANY SPECIAL NOTES THAT ARE LISTED WITH CERTAIN ROLES.

TEVYE and MOTEL
Costume should include: Shirt, Pants, Vest, Cap, Socks, Shoes/Boots
Prayer Shawl – This item may not be readily available

MOTEL for WEDDING/ SUNRISE, SUNSET – Blake B.
Costume should include: Black Tailcoat (or black suit jacket), White button-front dress or tuxedo Shirt, Black Bow Tie, Black Pants, Black Top Hat, Black Socks, Black Shoes, Prayer Shawl

PERCHIK
Costume should include: Shirt, Pants, Vest, Cap, Socks, Shoes/Boots
NO Prayer Shawl

LAZAR WOLF – NOTE: He is a wealthy man as the Butcher of Anatevka and dresses a little more “upscale” than the laborers of the village.
Costume should include: suit jacket (if possible), shirt, pants, vest, HAT – black “Rabbi” style fedora with wide brim (NOT Greek Fisherman’s Cap), socks, shoes/boots
Prayer Shawl – This item may not be readily available
White Butcher’s Apron (preferably with bib)

FYEDKANOTE: He is Russian and not of the Jewish faith.
Costume should include: Shirt (does not have to be collarless and may be peasant style). It may also be slightly more vivid in color but not bright, Pants – may also be more vivid in color, Socks and Shoes/Boots – may be black, brown, or tan. Fyedka does NOT need a vest, cap/hat or Prayer Shawl.

CONSTABLENOTE: He is a Russian Officer, so his costume should look more like a uniform.
Costume should include: Shirt – collared, button-front, long sleeve in khaki tan, brown or navy (must be tucked into pants), Pants – khaki tan, brown or navy to match shirt, Belt – black or brown, Hat – Officer-style hat
Socks and Shoes/Boots – black or brown to coordinate with costume and belt

GOLDE/ALL DAUGHTERS/ALL “GGS”
Costume should include: Blouse, Skirt, Vest (optional but preferred), Apron, Head Scarf, Stockings/Tights, Shoes/Boots

TZEITEL for WEDDING/ SUNRISE, SUNSET – Elizabeth C.
Costume should include: Dress – White long-sleeve ankle/floor length simple “wedding” style, Veil – A rectangle of  white lace 1.5 yards X width of fabric (usually 42”-45”).
There is no need to change stockings and shoes.

YENTENOTE: She is the Matchmaker, is elderly and is more distinguished in appearance by always wearing BLACK.
Costume should include: Blouse – white or cream-colored blouse, BLACK skirt, BLACK vest, BLACK head scarf, BLACK stockings/tights, BLACK shoes/boots. Yente does NOT wear an Apron.

PLEASE REMEMBER THAT THE COSTUME PARADE IS SCHEDULED FOR TUESDAY, DECEMBER 18, 2018 from 3:30-5:30 PM. ALL STUDENTS ARE EXPECTED TO HAVE THEIR COSTUME PIECES READY BY THAT DATE.

If anyone has questions or needs assistance with any of the required costume items, please email Carolyn McCaffrey at cmccaffrey@nbtschools.org. and copy Ms. Perryman at eperryman@nbtschools.org.   

THANK YOU!