A Letter to Jim Crabtree

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Dear Jim,

First, let us thank you for an absolutely wonderful performance as Tevye in Fiddler on the Roof. That play has always held a special place in our hearts as it was forty years ago on Christmas Eve that the two of us became engaged following a performance of Fiddler with the late Topol as Tevye. We were both stunned by your portrayal. Not only were you in fine voice, but your body language and mannerisms conveyed the emotions of the character superbly. It was very moving for us both. If this was to be a farewell of sorts for you and Carol Irvin, you could not have chosen a better venue. She too played the role of Goldie beautifully and complimented you, Tevye, well. Congratulations to you both as well as to the remaining cast members for a job well done.

After fourteen years, we have yet to see a less than top notch performance at The Playhouse. Your collective efforts have enriched the lives of so many over these past 45 years. We only hope and pray that The Playhouse will continue to do so for additional throngs of theatre goers for many years to come. Thank you all.

Merry Christmas,

Paul and Joanne Chmielewski
Nov. 21, 2011


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