Lostine's Kate Loftus is commuting some 56 miles each way five and six days a week to pursue a dream. Loftus has long had the desire to play the female lead role of Golde in the 1964 musical "Fiddler on the Roof" and now has that opportunity.

Under the direction of Kenn Wheeler and the Eastern Oregon University Theater Department, "Fiddler on the Roof" will come to life for five performances beginning May 12 in EOU's McKenzie Theater. Wednesday through Saturday evening performances will begin at 8 p.m. and a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.

A second Wallowa County resident who is attending EOU, Buck Potter, is also in the play performing the role of the Rabbi.

Loftus is known locally as the founder and primary director of the Mid Valley Theatre Company of Lostine which has staged 15 plays since its inception in 1995.

Her husband Larry Loftus is the pastor of the Lostine Presbyterian Church and on most days drives his wife to and from rehearsals which last from two to three hours. During his wait, says Kate, he often works on sermons.

A Moffit Bros. bus has been chartered to transport county viewers to the May 15 afternoon performance. Persons wishing to reserve a seat or needing additional information may contact Betty Whitehead at 426-8707.

The EOU performance will have a cast of 63 persons from both the college campus and the community. Zero Mostel played the lead male role of Tevye when Joseph Stein's book was first performed on Broadway in 1964. Jerry Bock wrote the music and Sheldon Harrick the lyrics for the memorable musical score which includes such favorites as "If I Were a Rich Man" and "Sunrise, Sunset."

"To me it is a great meld of music and script," said Loftus. "It is such a dramatic story and Golde is the consummate musical role. I love the mix of comedy and pathos."

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