KISMET ARTS STUDIO & THEATRE
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 gypsy, 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 gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.
Rehearsals: June 24th - July 31st from 6pm - 10pm (No rehearsal June 28th or July 4th)
Performances: August 1 - 4 (Thursday, Friday, Saturday @ 8pm & Sunday @ 2pm)
Auditions: March 9th from 2:00pm - 8:00pm (Ages 12 and up. Accompanist will be provided.)
Callbacks: March 10th starting at 2:00pm (These will also include a dance callback for some.)
Where: Special Care, 12201 N Western (enter North door)
What to Bring: Prepare two contrasting 16 bar cuts from songs in the style of the show. Art songs are welcomed for those auditioning for the choir only. Bring headshot and resume.
Director: Angela Polk
Music Director: Laura Himes
Choreographer: Danielle Shipley
The deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame and Claude Frollo’s charge. Lonely and staunchly obedient to Frollo, he possesses a vivid imagination that brings to life the bells and gargoyles of the cathedral. Despite his shyness and uncertainty, he quickly befriends Esmeralda. Big-hearted, and brave when need be.
Vocal range top: Bb5
Vocal range bottom: Bb2
A beautiful and free-spirited gypsy who possesses the strong sense of justice and morality that Frollo lacks. Compassionate, she frees Quasimodo from the frenzied mob at the Feast of Fools and, against her better judgment, falls for the cocky Phoebus.
Vocal range top: D5
Vocal range bottom: E3
Archdeacon of Notre Dame Cathedral and the most powerful cleric in Paris, he is the reluctant caretaker of Quasimodo. He will do whatever it takes to rid the city of the gypsy “vermin,” even as he lusts after Esmeralda. Calculating, manipulative, and obsessive.
Vocal range top: Bb4
Vocal range bottom: E2
Claude’s reckless younger brother. With the gypsy Florika, he fathers Quasimodo, who he leaves in his brother’s care. Wild, passionate, and strong-willed.
Vocal range top: Eb5
Vocal range bottom: F3
A priest of Notre Dame and Claude and Jehan’s guardian.
Vocal range top: A3
Vocal range bottom: C3
The clever and charismatic King of the Gypsies. An air of mystery surrounds Clopin, who often leaves the scene in a puff of smoke. As the master of ceremonies for the Feast of Fools, he is witty and playful, but he boasts a darker, serious nature when not performing for the crowd.
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: D3
Captain Phoebus de Martin
Returning to Paris after serving in the war, Phoebus takes up his new position as Captain of the Cathedral Guard. Overconfident yet charming, this handsome, strong soldier makes the ladies swoon, yet his moral compass is also strong, and he openly defies the corrupted Frollo.
Vocal range top: Ab4
Vocal range bottom: A2
A gypsy and Quasimodo’s mother.
Vocal range top: F#5
Vocal range bottom: E4
Lieutenant Frederic Charlus
Lieutenant of the Cathedral Guard and loyal friend to Phoebus.
King Louis XI
King of France, nicknamed the Prudent.
A judicial officer.
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: G2
Owner of a brothel and safe haven for gypsies.
A stained-glass image that comes to life.
Age: 30 to 50
Vocal range top: E4
Vocal range bottom: B3
Gypsies, gargoyles, soldiers, and citizens of Paris.
This group will only be featured as a choir.
Age: 12 and up