Hunchback of Notre Dame by Alan Menken & Stephen Schwartz
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is based on the Victor Hugo novel, as well as songs from Disney's acclaimed animated feature. The musical showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score. Featuring: ~Beautiful music! ~Exciting stage fights! ~Compelling plot! ~Gorgeous melodies & soaring vocal lines! ~Historic medieval setting! ~Powerful choral arrangements! ~Large ensemble piece offering a variety of solos & interesting stage material! ~Live pit musicians accompanying the show! ~This is a show for every voice type, range and level of training!!!
The Show will be Winter 2020 (late December 2019- early March 2020)
Rehearsals start Sunday Dec 29th Performances: February 28, 29 March 1, 6, 7, 8 SCHEDULE Sunday evenings: 6pm-10pm (Adult cast including all actors) Wednesday evenings: 7pm-10pm (leads only) Friday evenings: 7pm-9pm (optional rehearsal for ensemble) Saturday mornings: 10am-12pm (CHOIR)
There are 5 principle roles: ~The auditions for Phoebus, Clopin & Quasimodo will be July 9th @ 6pm at MTME *Phoebus vocal range: Baritone (C3-Ab4) age: 25-35 - the dashing & charismatic, new captain of the Cathedral Guard at Notre Dame. Struggling with PTSD suffered during his years at war. He is conflicted between his duty to the Archdeacon & doing what he knows is right and just. Masculine & arrogant, he tries to enjoy life's pleasures before falling in love with Esmeralda. Physical lifting & stunt work on stage as well as extensive stage combat. *Clopin vocal range: Tenor (D3-D5) age: any - the puppeteer/narrator of the show & the mischievous king of the Gypsys. Song & dance man, strong dancing & physical presence on stage a must, acrobatics & other circus tricks a plus. Gender flexible casting.
age: 20-30 - looking for a deaf actor with great expressive skills to play the bellringer of Notre Dame. Has a curved spine which affects his posture & gait. A life ringing the enormous bells has given him great strength but also rendered him deaf. His non-normative face freightens the people of Paris. Curious & intelligent, he has invented a form of sign language (dramatised ASL) with the help of his master & uncle. Quasimodo speaks freely and with confidence around his gargoyle friends but unsure & withdrawn in the presence of his guardian. A life of seclusion causes nervousness & shyness when he is around other humans (including Esmeralda, who's kindness and beauty captivate him). Must be comfortable with limited vocalizations on stage. Able to performatively communicate the dialogue & lyrics of the play in dramatised ASL. Physical lifting & stunt work. Actors of all ethnicity's encouraged to audition! [pre cast] Quasimodo’s Voice *Quasimodo's Voice (u/s) vocal range: High Baritone (Bb2-Bb4) -member of the choir who will understudy the role in the unlikely event of an emergency or illness, unfortunately no performances can be promised to the understudy & the track outside of understudying cannot include other vital characters or solo material just in case the pre cast actor has to actually call out and you must perform. [pre cast] Esmeralda *Esmeralda (understudy) vocal range: Mezzo/Belter (F3-D5) -member of the choir who will understudy the role in the unlikely event of an emergency or illness, unfortunately no performances can be promised to the understudy & the track outside of understudying cannot include other vital characters or solo material just in case the pre cast actor has to actually call out and you must perform. [pre cast] Claude Frollo *Claude Frollo (understudy) vocal range: Bass-Baritone (E2-F4) -member of the choir who will understudy the role in the unlikely event of an emergency or illness, unfortunately no performances can be promised to the understudy & the track outside of understudying cannot include other vital characters or solo material just in case the pre cast actor has to actually call out and you must perform.
-------------------------- -------------------------- -------------------------- There are also many wonderful ensemble and featured roles, ALL of these roles,
including choir, will audition TBA. ~The Gargoyles Three stone friends to Quasimodo that come to life when he's alone on stage. They actuallyeachrepresentanindividualpartofQuasimodo'sinnerpsyche. Mustknowor be willing to learn ASL. Lots of great solo material in both acts!!!
vocal range: Baritone
-Brash, protective & a bit dull. All of Quasimodo's stereotypically masculine traits made
manifest in an adult male gargoyle.
vocal range: Tenor
-Young, silly & irrational. All of Quasimodo's most immature traits made manifest in a
child gargoyle. Gender flexible casting.
vocal range: Mezzo
-Wise, patient & loving. All of Quasimodo's kindest traits made manifest in an adult
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vocal range: Baritone (G2-E4)
-lieutenant of the Cathedral Guard, a loyal friend to Phoebus, declares the arrest
warrant for Esmeralda to the people of Paris. *St. Aphrodisius vocal range: Baritone (B2-E4) - a stained glass image that comes to life, encouraging & gentle. Big number in Act 2, makes a one song appearance then returns to the Choir for rest of the show. Gender flexible casting. *Jehan vocal range: Baritone (G#2-Eb4) -Wild & charming younger brother of Claude and father of Quasimodo. The brothers are devoted to each other until Jehan's rebellious streak causes a fatal rift. May haunt his brother after death at key dramatic moments. Member of choir for rest of the show. *Florika vocal range: Mezzo Soprano (C#4-F5) -Jehan's beautiful Romani paramour & Quasimodo's mother. May appear as a guardian angel to Quasimodo at key dramatic moments. Member of the choir for rest of the show.
vocal range: Bass (C3-A3)
-a devout priest of Notre Dame & stern guardian of Claude and Jehan. Strong feature in
act 1 opening, then returns to the choir for rest of the show.
*King Louis XI
-Though nicknamed "The Prudent" he would rather act quickly than appear weak.
Strong acting feature in opening of act 2. A member of the Ensemble in rest if show.
-The stalwart owner of a brothel & safe haven for Roma. Featured at the top of act 2
and all the Romani scenes. A member of the Ensemble in rest of show. *Storytellers (Ensemble) -a "congregation" of gender-flexible storytelling singers, dancers & actors. Almost ALL of our narration is being reverted back to the primary narrator of the piece, Clopin king of the Gypsies! However our storytellers must still portray the various Townsfolk, Roma (our dancers primarily), Revelers, Soldiers & everyone else who populates our story! Each performer in the show begins the story as a robed "congregant" before taking on the characteristics of their assigned character, including the principles, as such we are all one Ensemble. Actors of all ages and ethnicity's strongly encouraged to audition!!! ***The Choir -a separate experience from being a part of the story telling ensemble, this group is compromised of highly skilled singers who will sit/stand onstage, as robed statues, the whole show & sing complex harmonies (possibly on book). Almost an extension of the orchestra, these vocaliats must be experienced & comfortable with a variety of styles from gregorian chant to contemporary broadway. The choral score is powerful and (at times) reminiscent of Carmina Burana. Casting all voice parts:
minimum range (C4-D6)
minimum range (A3-C6)
minimum range (D3-D5)
minimum range (B2-B4)
minimum range (A2-A4)
minimum range (E2-F4)
Music to My Ears delights in making the world a better place through musicals! Storytelling, sharing our art, fostering actors emotional and vocal growth and bringing the community together are all a part of every show we do. We highly value the contributions of every person and look forward to the opportunity to work with you. For more questions about this show or auditions call (707) 664-0123 and ask forAja.