HPU presents 'Fiddler on the Roof' thanks to Cannon foundation gift

October 27, 2014

Fiddler on the Roof at HPU
Hawai'i Pacific University's production of "Fiddler on the Roof" begins Nov. 7, with Eli Foster as Tevye in the Broadway classic.

HONOLULU — The musical "Fiddler on the Roof" will be presented at Hawai‘i Pacific University, Nov. 7-30, directed by Joyce Maltby. This production of one of Broadway's most beloved works is made possible through funding from the Glenn Cannon Foundation.

Cannon, who died last year, was a prominent director, actor and teacher in Hawai‘i, and well known for roles in the original Hawaii Five-O and Magnum P.I. television series.

"The Glenn Cannon Foundation was established to preserve Glenn's memory and to carry on his passion for the performing arts by providing support to educational and community theatre," said Samsil Cannon, of her late husband.

"It was my privilege to provide the funds for this production of 'Fiddler on the Roof,' directed by Joyce Maltby. Through all these years, Glenn appreciated Joyce Maltby's work and always marveled at her talent, skill and especially her profound devotion for theatre," Samsil added.

"Fiddler" revolves around Tevye (played by Eli Foster), a poor dairyman in a Russian village in the early 1900s, and his five daughters. With the help of a colorful and tight-knit Jewish community, Tevye tries to protect his daughters and instill them with tradition in the face of changing mores and the growing anti-Semitism of Czarist Russia.

The play will be presented at the Paul and Vi Loo Theatre at HPU's Hawai‘i Loa Campus, in Kaneohe. Performances are scheduled Thursdays-Sundays (no performance on Thanksgiving, with an additional show Wednesday that week). For more information about the play, including times, see www.hpu.edu/theatre or call the box office at (808) 375-1282.