Audition Call for Hunchback of Notre Dame at Upper Darby Summer Stage
Philadelphia’s award winning Upper Darby Summer Stage is seeking non-Equity actors ages 18-28 for its 42nd season summer production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Jeffrey Dietzler is directing, Gina Giachero is Musical Director and Choreography is by Jenna Rogalski. The onstage choir is directed by Eric Longo. Set Design is by Martin Dallago. Costumes design is by Mary Folino. Produced by Harry Dietzler.
- Paris, France. Quasimodo, a deformed bell ringer in a cold, cathedral tower discovers his inner strength. A conflicted priest battles the specter of damnation. A dashing soldier shuns duty to pursue a beautiful gypsy dancer. And at every turn, a malevolent force propels each of them toward fate. Based on the novel by Victor Hugo. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is the only stage collaboration from two masters of the American musical theatre, composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz. In this brand-new production, a lush, emotionally rich score highlights the music’s orchestral power and choral beauty in an intimate retelling of the famous love story.
Auditions are June 5 at 7 PM with callbacks on June 7 at the Upper Darby Performing Arts Center, 601 North Lansdowne Ave, Drexel Hill, PA 19026. You can pre-register for auditions here.
The Onstage Choir is open to anyone age 18 and up. Contact Eric Longo at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rehearsals begin June 8 and run Monday thru Thursday evenings, 7 PM to 10:30 PM. Tech will be Sunday July 23. The week of July 24, rehearsals will go from 6 to 11 PM.
Performances are July 28 at 7:30PM, July 29 at 1:30 and 7:30PM, August 4 at 7:30PM, and August 5 at 1:30 and 7:30PM.
Audition Song Selection: The Hunchback of Notre Dame has a very Classical and choral inspired score. Please prepare a traditional Broadway song. No pop, rock or contemporary musical theater.
Audition Dance Component: There will be a dance portion to the auditions so please come prepared with clothes, water, etc. While The Hunchback of Notre Dame is not a dance heavy show, it is a show based on movement and physicality. There are numbers which will feature stronger dancers, but the entire cast will be expected to be able to move to some degree.
Please feel free to email Jeff (JRDietzler@gmail.com) with any questions you may have about song choice, audition etiquette, etc. If you have a conflict with the audition dates, you must contact Jeffrey Dietzler at JRDietzler@gmail.com. We can always arrange for an alternate time or have you send a video submission.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame Character Breakdown
Quasimodo: The deformed 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.
Gender: Male Age: 20 to 30 Vocal range top: Bb2 to Bb5
Claude Frollo: 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.
Gender: Male Age: 40 to 50 Vocal range top: E2 to Bb4
Esmeralda: 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.
Gender: Female Age: 20 to 30 Vocal range top: E3 to D5
Captain Phoebus de Martin: 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.
Gender: Male Age: 25 to 40 Vocal range top: A2 to Ab4
Clopin Trouillefou: 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.
Gender: Male Age: 30 to 40 Vocal range top: D3 to F#5
Jehan Frollo: 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.
Florika: A gypsy and Quasimodo’s mother.
Father Dupin: A priest of Notre Dame and Claude and Jehan’s guardian.
Lieutenant Frederic Charlus: Lieutenant of the Cathedral Guard and loyal friend to Phoebus.
King Louis XI: King of France, nicknamed the Prudent.
Tribunal: A judicial officer.
Madam:Owner of a brothel and safe haven for gypsies.
Saint Aphrodisius: A stained-glass image that comes to life.
Congregation (Includes Full Cast)
Gypsies, Gargoyles, Soldiers, and Citizens of Paris.