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Just a brief excerpt from an AP story about a 'sing-along' showing of "Fiddler on the Roof". The version even had a photo of the fiddler on the roof of the theater with the crowd below.

Film festival sponsors sing-along 'Fiddler'
By Martin Finucane, Associated Press, 11/9/2003 16:58

Shari Zimble donned a red headscarf and her kids wore peasant garb, too, on Sunday as they sang along with 'Fiddler on the Roof,' a movie that, to her, is more than just a movie.

'We love to sing and this is their heritage,' she said at the Coolidge Corner Theater, with son, Davin, 9, daughter Risa, 7, and one of Risa's friends at her side.

Zimble and the kids were among the nearly 600 people who bought tickets as the Boston Jewish Film Festival put a 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' twist on the much-loved 1971 movie musical set in a turn-of-the-century Jewish community in czarist Russia.

The crowd in the theater spoke their favorite lines, sang along with the movie, waved their arms and swayed in their seats as the story unfolded of Tevye, the dairyman in the village of Anatevka, who is trying to find husbands for three strong-willed daughters.

People have dressed up and participated in the cult film 'Rocky Horror Picture Show' for years. The Coolidge Corner has had a 'Sound of Music' sing-along. And Jewish film festivals in Seattle and San Diego have had sing-along 'Fiddlers.' But the sing-along was a first for the Boston festival.

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