The Colonnade Players with Director James Ogden and Musical Director Terry Sanford will bring The Hunchback of Notre Dame to The Colonnade stage in July 2018. The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a musical based on the 1831 novel by Victor Hugo and containing songs from the 1996 Walt Disney film adaptation, is presented by special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized materials are also supplied by MTI. (www. MTIShows.com).
The cast includes Alex Walker (Quasimodo), Mary Beth Torgerson (Esmeralda), Jake Wallin (Phoebus De Martin), Eric Jackson (Dom Claude Frollo), and Joseph Watts (Clopin Trouillefou). The cast will include an ensemble that takes onvarious roles throughout the performance and on-stage choir that will assist in telling the story through song.
The musical production will follow more closely the darker story as written by Victor Hugo. The music will include songs from the Disney musical such as “The Bells of Notre Dame”, “Topsy Turvy” and “Out There” while adding new songs “The Tavern Song”, “Rhythm of the Tambourine” and “In a Place of Miracles”. Music is written by Alan Menken with lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.
The story is a tale of three men: Quasimodo, the disfigured, outcast bell-ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral, Phoebus De Marten, the just-returned-from-the-front handsome soldier, and Dom Claude Frollo, the pious archdeacon of Notre Dame who all to varying degrees fall in love with the gypsy girl Esmeralda. Inner struggles meet outer turmoil in this tragic story of love and loss.
Show times are July 13, 14, 20 & 21 at 7:30 pm with matinees on July 14 at 1:00 pm and July 22 at 2:30 pm. All seating is reserved and limited, therefore it is advised that tickets be purchased early. Ticket prices range from $13.00 to $17.00. A group rate of $12.00 is available for all groups of 15 or more. As this musical follows the original story more closely, some themes may not be appropriate for younger audiences.