Hunchback of Notre Dame

Springfield Theater Center is seeking performers for the Springfield regional premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. We are seeking a diverse cast of men and women with dynamic singing voices, who also act and move well, to play principal, supporting, and choir roles.

Based on the Victor Hugo novel with 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. This new book embraces storytelling theatre.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. Quasimodo must find the courage within himself to overcome the fears Frollo instilled within him to save Esmeralda and the rest of the gypsies.The Hunchback of Notre Dame’s sweeping score and powerful story beautifully convey themes of love and acceptance, still relevant today.

Production Details:

Co-directed by Jacob Deters & Kevin Kulavic
Auditions will be Saturday, January 26th, 2019 – click the link below to sign up!*

https://m.signupgenius.com/#!/showSignUp/508044eaca829a1fb6-hunchback

*NOTE – this is a dual audition for both Hunchback of Notre Dame and 42nd Street! Be sure to fill out the audition form found on the sign up genius to communicate which show you are interested in!

Show Dates are April 5th-7th and 12th-14th. Friday and Saturdays @ 8 p.m. Sundays at 2 p.m.Rehearsals begin February 4, running mostly Monday-Thursday from 6:30-9:30 p.m.and Sundays 1 p.m.-4 p.m.

If you have conflicts with the audition date or have other questions, please contact the staff at stchunchback@gmail.com

Roles: (Ages ranges are ideal appearance ages)

Quasimodo (Lead): Male, 20-35. The deformed and deaf 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; knowledge of sign language is a plus but not required. Vocal range: Bb2-C5; must have at least a strong Bb but C preferred.

Esmerelda (Lead): Female, 20-35. 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: E3-D5.

Claude Frollo (Lead): Male, 40-50. 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: E2-Bb4.

Captain Phoebus de Martin (Supporting): Male, 20-35. 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: A2-Ab4.

Clopin Trouillefou (Supporting): Male, 25-40. 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: D3- F#5.

Florika (Featured): Female, 20-30. A gypsy and Quasimodo’s mother. Will also be in the congregation ensemble. Vocal range: E4-F#5.

Lieutenant Frederic Charlus (Featured): Male, 20-35. Lieutenant of the Cathedral Guard and loyal friend to Phoebus. Will also be in the congregation ensemble.

Jehan Frollo (Featured): Male, 20-30. 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. Will also be in the congregation ensemble. Vocal range: F3-Eb5.

Father Dupin (Featured): Male, 40-60. A priest of Notre Dame and Claude and Jehan’s guardian. Will also be in the congregation ensemble. Vocal range: C3-A3.

King Louis XI (Featured): Male, 30-50, King of France, nicknamed the Prudent. Will also be in the congregation ensemble.

Tribunal (Featured): Male, 20-50. A judicial officer. Will also be in the congregation ensemble. Vocal range: G2-E4.

Madam (Featured): Female, 35-50. Owner of a brothel and safe haven for gypsies. Will also be in the congregation ensemble.

Saint Aphrodisius (Featured): Male, 30-50. A stained-glass image that comes to life. Will also be in the congregation ensemble. Vocal range: B3-E4.

Congregation Ensemble: variety or ages, genders, races, voice types. These individuals will play gypsies, gargoyles, soldiers, and citizens of Paris, as well at the featured parts above. This group needs to be versatile, playing a variety of characters and should move well. (looking to cast 8-12 people)

On-stage Choir: The onstage chorus. Rehearsals will be limited (1-2 times a week until we start running the show). Non-dancing. Must have excellent voices and the ability to harmonize well. These individuals will remain in chairs on the stage through the duration of the show. (looking to cast 16-32 people)