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The Leeds Arts Council will present “Fiddler on the Roof,” one of theater’s most-beloved musicals, April 18-28. Why is it so beloved? It’s packed with classic theater songs, from “If I Were a Rich Man” to “Tradition” to “Sunrise, Sunset” to “Matchmaker,” all used to tell the story of Tevye, his wife, Golde, and their five daughters. The Leeds cast is a large one, led by Jon McClaran as Tevye and Stephanie Cleveland as Golde. Go here for more information about the show and to purchase tickets.

Chelsea Reynolds, assistant professor of musical theater at Samford University, is a huge fan of the literary work of Shirley Jackson. So is composer Ryan Scott Oliver. Now, Samford has commissioned a musical by Oliver based on Jackson's work, and the world premiere of "Tomorrow, the Island Dies" takes place at Samford this weekend.

Read more about "Tomorrow, the Island Dies"

Family Ties: Doc Porter continues family's acting tradition

Fourteen-year-old Doc Porter has been an actor on stage and screen, but he hasn't acted with his mother, Dana Porter, until now. The two play mother and stepson in Homewood Theatre's "On Golden Pond." Doc took the time to answer some questions about his performing career and his family.

More from Doc Porter

Opener set for new TNT

Though specific dates aren't set, Terrific New Theatre is holding auditions for "Sunday in the Park with George," the Sondheim musical and first show in the new TNT theater. The announcement says performances will be November-December.

More about TNT and 'Sunday'

What to see this week

"The Hunchback of Notre Dame" (Through Sunday4, The ACT Theatre, Tuscaloosa)

"Sister Act" (Through April 21, Red Mountain Theatre)

"Schoolhouse Rock Live!" (Through April 21, Virginia Samford Theatre)

"On Golden Pond" (Through April 21, Homewood Theatre)

"The Bachelorette Party" (Through April 27, Wetumpka Depot Players)

"Around the World in Eighty Days" (Through April 21, ACTA Theatre)

"Six" (April 16-21, Broadway in Atlanta)

"The Fantasticks" (April 18-21, Birmingham-Southern College)

"Pippin" (April 18-21, University of Montevallo)

"Fiddler on the Roof" (April 18-28, Leeds Theatre & Arts Council)

"Ken Ludwig's Baskerville: A Sherlock Holmes Mystery" (April 18-May 12, Alabama Shakespeare Festival)

"The Wild Women of Winedale" (April 10-27, South City Theatre)

"Marjorie Prime" (April 19-May 5, Birmingham Festival Theatre)

See full theater calendar here.

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