The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel.

The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There,” observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful Romani woman, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the Roma – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical. Toni Butler will direct, musical direction by Logan Bingham and Erin Walker, and a 30-Piece Orchestra led by Michelle Willis.

Auditions

  • Audition Date: April 28 (7-10p)
  • Info: To set up your audition, please fill out this Audition Form
  • Call Backs: April 30 (8a-1p)
  • Ages: 16+ (must be 16 by June 20).
  • Prepare: 16 bars from a musical. An accompanist will be provided.
  • First Cast Meeting: May 2
  • Rehearsals: Rehearsals will begin May 2. Generally, rehearsals are 6-10p M-TH and 8a-5p on Saturdays. The amount of rehearsals you will be scheduled for will depend on the part you are cast in. We will not rehearse May 27-30, 2022.
  • Performances: June 10, 11, 13, 18, and 20 at 7:30p and June 11 at 1p

Character Descriptions:

Quasimodo: Male, 16-30. The deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame. Ringing the bells daily has left him partially deaf, but very strong. Lonely but big-hearted, Quasimodo dreams of connecting with the community he observes around him. Has a vivid imagination which helps bring to life the gargoyles and saints around him. Naive, shy and uncertain at first glance, his courage is revealed throughout the show. Must be an excellent singer, actor, and athletic. Vocal range top: Bb4,bottom: Bb2

Claude Frollo Male, 25-40. Archdeacon of Notre Dame Cathedral, Frollo is pious and his soud is tortured by Esmeralda. A strong and imposing presence, he is the reluctant caretaker of Quasimodo. Vocal range top: F4, bottom: G2

Esmeralda Female, 16-25. Esmeralda is a strong and free-spirited woman. A beautiful Gypsy, she is able to capture the attention of all, particularly when she is dancing. She is compassionate with a strong sense of justice and morality. Vocal range top: Db5, bottom: F3

Captain Phoebus de Martin: Male, 18-25. Newly appointed Captain of the Cathedral Guard, he is dashing and charismatic. He is conflicted when given orders that defy with his strong moral compass. Vocal range top: Ab4, bottom: C3

Clopin Trouillefou: Male, 18-40. The clever and charismatic King of the Gypsies and the Narrator of the story (he will take on most of the narration). Able to effectively hold the attention of a crowd, an excellent master of ceremonies. An air of mystery surrounds Clopin, who boasts a dark, serious nature when not performing for the crowd. Vocal range top: Bb4, bottom: D3

Three Gargoyles: 16+. One female, two male. Friends and confidants to Quasimodo.
Jehan Frollo: Male, 18-30. Jehan Frollo is Claude’s reckless younger brother. He has been spoiled all his life and is lazy and greedy as a result. With the gypsy Florika, he fathers Quasimodo, who he leaves in his brother’s care. Wild, passionate, and strong-willed.
Florika: Female, 18-25. A gypsy and Quasimodo’s mother.
Father Dupin: Male, 30-40. A priest of Notre Dame and Claude and Jehan’s guardian.
Lieutenant Frederic Charlus: Male, 18-25. Lieutenant of the Cathedral Guard and loyal friend to Phoebus
King Louis XI: Male, 30-50. King of France, nicknamed the Prudent.
Tribunal: Male, 20-30. A judicial officer.
Madam: Female, 20-30. Owner of a brothel and safe haven for gypsies.
Saint Aphrodisius: Male, 20-30 A stained-glass image that comes to life.
Congregation/Choir (Ensemble): 16+. Gypsies, soldiers, and citizens of Paris.

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