Q&A with Mainstage Director Jeff Dietzler

Why Hunchback?
The production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is shaping up to be one of the biggest performances presented on the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center stage. I am incredibly passionate about this show and about Upper Darby Summer Stage being the location for the Philadelphia regional premiere of this masterpiece.

Why do you feel so strongly about presenting this show?
The reason I feel so strongly about Summer Stage producing this show is that it requires an immense amount of passion behind it. This is something that Summer Stage is known for in its productions and what will make this production so powerful.

Why is the show so impressive?
I was lucky enough to see this production in its US premiere at the Paper Mill Playhouse. It was, without a doubt, one of the best shows I had ever seen. One element that made it so impressive was the incredible music by award winning composers Stephen Schwartz and Alan Menken. They kept the integrity of the many memorable songs which made the original film so magnificent, while adding in new music to help create the darker tone, which the stage adaptation takes on.

How does Mainstage compare to the Summer Stage Children’s theater shows?
First and foremost, our Mainstage shows feature older actors, ages 18 – 28. And this show in particular is not a children’s show. It’s much more than a Disney animated musical. It’s complex and passionate with very adult themes. It’s a full blown production with live orchestra, and an on-stage choir. Our mission is to ensure the audience will walk away being absolutely impressed with the experience.

Learn more about The Hunchback of Notre Dame, the Mainstage production at Summer Stage 2017!


The cast rehearsing…




Listen to the The Hunchback of Notre Dame cast recording!

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  1. Al Creely says:

    Hunchback was one of the most exciting and surprising musical I have seen, not just at the UDPAC, but anywhere including NY and Philly. The transformation from chorus member to Quasimodo was phenomenal, and rivaled the duality of the actor in Jekyll and Hyde (on Broadway, mind you). Kudos to you, and the entire Summer Stage team for tackling such a challenging musical. The real shame is that it only ran 2 weekends…

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