The Superb Sarah Rolleston as HODEL.
Posted by: Pia Haas on Thursday, November 1, 2012 at 12:00:00 am
I grew up in Berea, Ohio outside of the Cleveland area. I am Jewish but grew up in a predominantly Christian area, so my Jewish upbringing was particularly important for me and being Jewish was always something that made me different from everyone else I went to school with. From a young age I was constantly explaining why we do the traditions that we do because it was unusual to have someone not of the Christian faith where I grew up.
Sarah Rolleston as Hodel
I was influenced to become an actor by my mother. Her father loved to sing and even had a music group called the Four Shades of Blue, but he went into the garment industry after WWII. When my mother was a child, the family used to put on musicals as a performance troupe. They called themselves the "Shalom Naich Family Club" and the "SAGS" (Sherman Acting Guild). So I grew up listening to show tunes that my mom would listen to while she was baking or cooking. She put me in dance class and that was the end of that- I was hooked!
Rehearsing with Joe Longthorne (Perchik)
Fiddler has long been my favorite musical, and I believe it is the best musical ever written. The book is perfect in my opinion, the music beautiful, and I have a strong emotional tie to it as well since some of my Jewish family background is based in Russia. This is my first time in a professional production of Fiddler, and I couldn't be more proud to be apart of it. This is also my first time working at WBT.
Fiddler is on my list of dream shows, as is the role I am playing (Hodel). Other dream shows include Into the Woods, Beauty and the Beast (which I've done), West Side Story, Nine, and more.
When I'm not onstage I'm probably working on my small business. I've recently started a dessert tasting walking food tour company in the city called Sugartooth Tours. Owning a small business is a great deal of work but incredibly rewarding as well. Please feel free to check out our website, www.sugartoothtours.com, and take a tour if you have a sweet-tooth! When I'm not onstage or eating desserts, then I am probably in a yoga class or dreaming about traveling somewhere exciting. It is a goal of mine to become a certified yoga teacher at some point down the road. Some places on my travel short list include: Greece, France, Spain, Italy, Bali, South Africa, as well as an All-American road trip!
A few things on my ipod: The Weepies, Jason Mraz, Joshua Radin, Brandi Carlisle, Sara Bareilles, Ingrid Michaelson, Eric Hutchinson. I like the indie folk-pop vibe!