Engaging with Our Community

Using musical theatre as a means of engagement, our goal is to create a strong organization which provides a consistent, high quality experience for everyone involved onstage, backstage, in the audience, and in the community. For ten years we've worked in the Madison community - bringing musical theatre to audiences across the city, partnering with other organizations, and providing valuable learning opportunities for performers and technicians.

Beyond the Page Library Concerts

What stories led to the creation of Fiddler on the Roof? The short stories of Yiddish folklorist Sholem-Aleichem were the genesis of the musical, but there are other stories of the creative process, too. In this program, the audience will learn how the creative team—made up of composer Jerry Bock, lyricist Sheldon Harnick, playwright Joseph Stein, director Jerome Robbins, and producer Hal Prince—brought these tales to life on the Broadway stage.

This hour-long program features a quartet of some of the best local singers bringing you the stories and songs of Fiddler, such as “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” “Tradition,” and “Sunrise, Sunset.” This program is produced by Four Seasons Theatre as an outreach component of its 2016–2017 season and draws on the work of Alisa Solomon, author of Wonder of Wonders: A Cultural History of Fiddler on the Roof. For those in the audience who like to sing, there will be an opportunity to join the performers in singing a familiar Fiddler tune.

This program is produced with support from the Beyond the Page program, a joint effort of the Dane County Library Service and the Madison Community Foundation to create a permanent endowment that will support expanded humanities programming in all 28 public libraries in Dane County. The Beyond the Page program is supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities and the Madison Community Foundation.

 

Outreach Concerts

As part of our continuing commitment to community outreach and audience engagement, Four Seasons Theatre is proud to present a series of outreach concerts throughout the season.

Program venues have included service organizations (Madison Breakfast Rotary Club), retirement communities (Oakwood West, Capitol Lakes & Attic Angels), and local concert series events (First Unitarian Society's Noon Musicale Series & the Rural Musicians Forum Unity Chapel Concert Series), among others.

"The Best of Broadway: Fiddler and Friends"

We continue our "Best of Broadway" outreach series with a program focusing on the classic Broadway musical FIDDLER ON THE ROOF. You'll learn about the Sholem-Aleichem stories that inspired the production, and enjoy much-loved songs like “If I Were a Rich Man,” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker,” and “Sunrise, Sunset,” all brought to you FST's talented singers. In addition, we’ll feature songs from shows that were competing with the long-running FIDDLER for ticket-buyers—shows like HELLO DOLLY, CABARET, and SWEET CHARITY. This 45-minute program is scalable to fit different venues, and is a great option for audiences such as community groups, schools, senior centers, assisted living facilities, or retirement communities.

We'd love to present our outreach program for your next function! Please contact us for information about program scheduling and costs.

Backstage Arts Internships

The Last Five Years, November 2006.Our internship program provides exposure to technical theatre careers as students learn about the production process from design to final product. Supervised student interns work with theatre professionals who serve as both educational mentors and production staff for FST. Internship areas include Stage Management, Wardrobe and Hair/Makeup Crew, Lighting, Set Construction, Sound Design, and Props.