If possible, begin with the videotape of the opening, the prologue. Tevye enters and explains the way of life in his village, and then introduces the characters, many of whom have been added.
Does it make sense? Does it sound right? Does “Tradition” echo the paragraph from
the Town of Little People
? Why are characters being added? Do they make sense? Do they fit? Is there a slight hint of trouble? The class should pay attention to the entrance of the Russians. Does Tevye seem different? Is he the way you pictured him?
Class should try to explain the symbolism of the Fiddler on the Roof. After discussion, the class should read the beginning of the play together to more closely examine the words of the song.