From the Academy Award-winning team comes a lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero.
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 Alan Menken and Stephen 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.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a full-length production presented in two acts. It is rated PG for mature themes. The stage musical is a darker, more complex version than the Disney animated feature.
Rehearsal and Performance Schedule
Rehearsals will take place at Trinity United Methodist Church (TUMC). Dress rehearsals and performances will take place in the Gezon Auditorium at Calvin College. The schedule is as follows:
Rehearsal 2/26 - 3/1 from 3:30 until 6:00 (TUMC)
Rehearsal 3/5 - 3/8 from 3:30 until 6:00 (TUMC)
Rehearsal 3/12 - 3/15 from 3:30 until 6:00 (TUMC)
Rehearsal 3/19 - 3/22 from 3:30 until 6:00 (TUMC)
Rehearsal 3/26 - 3/29 from 3:30 until 6:00 (TUMC)
Rehearsal 4/9 - 4/12 from 3:30 until 6:00 (TUMC)
Rehearsal 4/16 - 4/19 from 3:30 until 6:00 (TUMC)
Rehearsal 4/23 - 4/24 from 3:30 until 6:00 (TUMC)
Dress Rehearsal April 25 from 3:30 until 7:00 (at Calvin)
Dress Rehearsal April 26 from 3:30 until 7:00 (at Calvin)
Performance Friday, April 27 at 7pm
Performance Saturday, April 28 at 1pm and 7pm
Performance Sunday, April 29 at 1pm and 7pm
Reserved seat tickets will be available for purchase online through stageGR.
Auditions will be open-house style at Trinity United Methodist Church between 4:00 and 7:00 PM, February 21. Callbacks will be the following evening at Trinity UMC between 4:00 and 6:00 PM. The callback list will be posted here and on our Facebook page soon after auditions are complete.
Remember, the purpose of auditioning for a stageGR production is not to determine whether you will be in the show, but to identify what role is best suited for your vocal and acting range. No resume is required.
On audition day, please be prepared to sing 30-60 seconds of any musical theater song, a'capella. At auditions, callbacks and rehearsals, wear comfortable, modest clothing that you can easily move and dance in. Most of all, prepare to have fun.
Break a leg!
Trinity United Methodist Church
1100 Lake Drive SE Grand Rapids MI
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI).
All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.
- See more at the MTI web site.