Mark Zumpano
English 3 Period A
Mr. Bergman
American Experience
I was a sophomore in High school and “Fiddler on the Roof” was the Morgan Musical. Ironically, this was one of my all-time favorite productions, but I never even came close to thinking about being in it. All of my brothers before me had been Morgan Musical stars, but I never thought it was for me. It was my destiny; I just didn’t know it yet. My father encouraged me to do the show in small ways. He originally brought it up to me once or twice and asked me if I would be interested in doing the show. I said, “NO!” and it seemed alright with him. Eventually my parents found out when the auditions were and forced me to go. They said I didn’t have to do the show if I didn’t want to, as long as I gave it a shot. I didn’t want to after the audition, but that was only the beginning. The director of the production was Mr. Lampe. During the second audition, which he convinced me to attend; he then convinced me that I would be a good small, easy going, simple character. This made me feel okay. Later on to my surprise, I was casted as one of the leading roles as Perchik, a revolutionary student who is arrested for preaching to modern ways of life, instead of the traditional Jewish ways. This scared me and made me hate Mr. Lampe. But, after a lot of work, I adjusted to the role and learned to love it. I learned to sing, act, and even dance a little. It was one of the most memorable moments I of High school I will ever have. This made me realize that trying new things isn’t always a bad thing, even if you think you are going to hate it.