In a delightful bit of cross-pollination, our own Kate Coe has a piece in the Jewish Journal today about appearing in the Billings West High School senior class of 1971 production of Fiddler on the Roof.
The Montana native explains that her virtually Jew-less school recruited a local literature prof to “teach the cowboys and cheerleaders about the joys of Yiddish.”
The results sound adorable. And clearly prepared Coe for her future life in Hollywood:
During that month of rehearsal, the cast and crew formed a little community within the school. Jocks, majorettes, student council members and debaters were nothing to us — we were the chosen people. We wished each other mazel tov and shalom when passing in the halls. We sat at our own table in the cafeteria, and someone got the bright idea of asking the lunch ladies if the pigs in blankets were kosher. We must have been insufferable.
Mazel Tov on such a work, you mensch, you. And keep an eye out for the other Fishbowler’s work to appear in Catholic Times.