Upper Darby Summer Stage is honored to present the Philadelphia region non-professional premiere of the 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 Menken and Schwartz.
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.
A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.
Choir Auditions – Alumni Welcome
Auditions for the onstage choir are open to trained singers over the age of 18 who sightread. Summer Stage alumni are invited. All are welcome. There is no upper age limit. Eric Longo will be directing the choir.
Auditions are Sunday, May 7 at 6 PM at UDPAC.
Auditions for the ensemble and lead roles will be June 5. If you perform in the choir you cannot audition for the ensemble.
Singers auditioning for the Hunchback of Notre Dame choir should prepare 16-32 bars of a contemporary musical theater song that shows range. Audition selections in the Menken or Schwartz style is preferred, but not mandatory. The score is both contemporary and very classical. Singers must be technically versatile and sight reading is a big plus. Although voice parts will be assigned for this production, please prepare the choral side “Bells of Notre Dame” and choose the voice part that best shows your vocal range and technique.
Choral Side – “Bells of Notre Dame” (download PDF)
Rehearsals will be one night a week until July.
Performances are July 28, 29, August 4 and 5.