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In conjunction with a production of "Fiddler on the Roof," Pima Community College will host a Family Heritage Celebration next month. The public is asked to share photos, poems and stories as part of a multimedia project that will be featured on the opening night of the classic musical.

Community members can contribute to the presentation by emailing a picture of an ancestor, artifact of family heritage, or body art related to heritage; or by submitting a poem or short story (fewer than 250 words) relating to family heritage. The deadline for submissions is Feb. 7.

“This is an opportunity for our community to come together and share their unique family stories, celebrate their family heritage and learn about other cultures. We are thrilled to be organizing this project and encourage our friends and neighbors throughout our community to take part in the celebration.” said Geneva Escobedo, chairwoman of PCC’s Family Heritage Celebration Committee, in a press release.

The showcase of Tucson's "cultural depth and diversity" will be shown at the Feb. 20 opening of the college's production of "Fiddler on the Roof," as well as be displayed online, said PCC Center for the Arts spokeswoman Carol Carder in the release.

Set in an early 20th century Jewish village in Russia, the musical tells the tale of a family's struggle to maintain a connection to their heritage.  "Fiddler," which premiered in 1964 on Broadway, includes such familiar songs as "Matchmaker, Matchmaker," "If I Were a Rich Man," and "Sunrise, Sunset."

"It's as close to musical theatre perfection as it gets," director Todd Poelstra said in the release. "It has strong characters, a wonderful story, unforgettable music and exhilarating dancing. The musical leaves you feeling good and invigorated ...."

To be included in the multimedia project, submitted images must be in a high resolution jpeg format no larger than 10 megabyte, and must include the submitter’s name, name of individuals in the photo or a description of the artifact and its significance to you, family ancestry (ethnic/cultural heritage, country of origin), and any other relevant information. Submissions may be sent to centerforthearts@pima.edu.

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  • What: PCC Family Heritage Celebration
  • When: Feb. 20, 6-7:15 p.m.
  • Where: PCC Center for the Arts Recital Hall, West Campus, 2202 W. Anklam Rd.
  • Tickets: Family Heritage Celebration is free and open to public. Tickets to "Fiddler on the Roof" are $18 and can be purchased at the PCC box office or by phone at (520) 206-6986.
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