Seabrook Performers do it again
A packed house for Tevye the MilkmanBy Julia Collins
This fall, the Seabrook Performers put on three spectacular performances of Tevye the Milkman, a story by Sholem Aleichem originally written in Yiddish and published in 1894. Truly a community affair, the musical brought together people of all talents in the Erickson Living community in Tinton Falls, N.J.
“We had a wonderful, wonderful cast,” says Lindo Meli, director of the Seabrook Performers.
Aside from the cast, Lindo’s crew consisted of a costume designer, wardrobe coordinator, pianist, set designer, ushers, and stage manager—all members of the Seabrook community.
Lindo, who began his theatrical career in 1939, considers himself “pretty lucky I have these wonderful young seniors to work with.” He’s worked with such talent as Lauren Bacall, Jack Carter, and Gene Barry. Despite his celebrity ties, he says working with his fellow Seabrook neighbors has been one of his best experiences.
“Everyone worked very hard,” he says.
Hard work, indeed. The crew practiced for five months prior to their three big nights in the Seabrook auditorium.
In three packed houses—Friday, Saturday, and Sunday matinee—the audience roared with praise after each performance. “The audience was very receptive,” Lindo says.
As the sixth production for the Seabrook Performers, Tevye the Milkman saw some improvements in seating and lighting. The resident-run group raised funds to purchase a spotlight, operated by community member Noel Kirchner, and they added reserved seating for the first time. Ushers Betty Hill and Marion Kleiner guided audience members to their seats.
“The whole community pulls together,” Lindo says of their productions.