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Auditions

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Musical - Directed by Mary Maxwell

Music by Alan Menken

Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz

Book by Peter Parnell

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film

 

Originally Developed by Disney Theatrical Productions

 

Audition Dates - April 28th & 29th

  • Video Auditions will be accepted thru April 27th. Please record 60-90 seconds of your song and, if auditioning for a named role, a monologue that you feel best fits the character. Please email to Mary Maxwell at marycate1996@gmail.com with Audition Form and video attached.

Performance Dates - June 28, 29, 30 & July 5, 6, 7, 12, 13, 14

Sponsored by Levco Striping Services

 

Auditions for The Little Theatre of Tuscarawas County’s 2024 Summer Production, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, will be held Sunday, April 28th and Monday, April 29th at 6:30 p.m. at Dover High School. Registration will open at 6 p.m. Information regarding parking and where to enter the school is available below. If necessary, callbacks will be held Tuesday, April 30.

 

**IMPORTANT** Those auditioning must be, at a minimum, entering 9th grade at the beginning of the 2024-2025 school year. Individuals who do not meet this criteria will not be considered. Adults of all ages are welcome to audition. While adapted from the beloved Disney film, please be aware the show is a darker and more mature version, closer to Victor Hugo’s novel.

 

The production is being directed by Mary Maxwell. Kait Gallagher-Wilsterman is the assistant director. Megan Sams is music director, and Jennica Cochran is choreographer. Shavonne McMillan and Josie McCutcheon are producers.

We are looking to cast approximately 40-50 actors. All roles are open, and all genders, ethnicities, and identities will be considered. This show is unique in that it requires a dynamic and heavily-involved ensemble to tell the story. Anyone interested is encouraged to listen to the cast recording, which can be found here: https://open.spotify.com/album/2rFRK6qKdQHNAaCcHjRzav

Some roles require specific casting requirements. Please see below. All roles are open and non union – non paid positions.

  • 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: Bb4 / Vocal range bottom: E2

  • 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.

    • Gender: Male / Age: 20 to 30

    • Vocal range top: Eb5 / Vocal range bottom: F3

  • Florika: A gypsy and Quasimodo’s mother.

    • Gender: Female / Age: 20 to 30

    • Vocal range top: F#5 / Vocal range bottom: E4

  • Father Dupin: A priest of Notre Dame and Claude and Jehan’s guardian.

    • Gender: Male / Age: 40 to 60

    • Vocal range top: A3 / Vocal range bottom: C3

  • Quasimodo: The deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame and Claude Frollo’s charge. Lonely and staunchly obedient to Frollo, They possess a vivid imagination that brings to life the bells and gargoyles of the cathedral. Despite their shyness and uncertainty, they quickly befriend Esmeralda. Big-hearted, and brave when need be.

    • Gender: Male or Female Age: 20 to 30

    • Vocal range top: Bb5 / Vocal range bottom: Bb2

  • 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, they are witty and playful, but they boast a darker, serious nature when not performing for the crowd.

    • Gender: Male or Female / Age: 20 to 40

    • Vocal range top: F#5 / Vocal range bottom: D3

  • 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: Ab4 / Vocal range bottom: A2

  • Lieutenant Frederic Charlus: Lieutenant of the Cathedral Guard and loyal friend to Phoebus.

    • Gender: Male / Age: 20 to 30

  • 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: D5 / Vocal range bottom: E3

  • King Louis XI: King of France, nicknamed the Prudent.

    • Gender: Male / Age: 40 to 50

  • Tribunal: A judicial officer.

    • Gender: Male / Age: 20 to 50

    • Vocal range top: E4 / Vocal range bottom: G2

  • Madam: Owner of a brothel and safe haven for gypsies.

    • Gender: Female / Age: 35 to 50

  • Saint Aphrodisius: A stained-glass image that comes to life.

    • Gender: Male / Age: 30 to 50

    • Vocal range top: E4 / Vocal range bottom: B3

In addition to principal roles, there will be two ensembles, a featured acting ensemble and a choral ensemble:

  • The Congregation: a group of strong and dynamic musical theatre performers who all function as Narrators and play multiple featured roles.

    • These actors will play 40+ roles including: Jehan Frollo, Florika, Father Dupin, King Louis XI, Tribunal, Madam, St. Aphrodisius, Gypsies, gargoyles, soldiers, and citizens of Paris.

    • All Ensemble members are expected to be comfortable with some movement, with some skilled dancers. Expected to work with the directing team to create dynamic characters.

    • Any acrobatic skills are a plus and you are asked to note those on your audition form.

    • Age: 13 to 99

  • The Choir: a talented group of singers, the choir will be a separate ensemble from the “congregation”. This choral ensemble will be on stage throughout the show and provide accompanying vocals. The choir will not be responsible for learning choreography or staging and will be able to hold music, therefore, the time commitment for the choir is less significant. The choir will rehearse a few times together before tech week and will be expected to be at the dress rehearsals and most, if not all, performances. Choral experience is a plus.

    • There will tentatively be a separate audition for The Choir. Please keep an eye out for further information.

 

Plot

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 Romani woman, 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 Roma – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

Rehearsal Information

Rehearsals will be held Sundays through Thursdays from 6:00 to 9:30 p.m and are set to begin the week of May 5th. Some rehearsals may take place on Saturdays on an as needed basis, dependent upon cast availability. A few rehearsals will be held off-site until regularly scheduled in the theater beginning Monday, May 13th. A read through of the script is planned for the evening of Sunday, May 5th. A technical rehearsal is tentatively scheduled for Saturday, June 22nd. 

Performance Information

The Hunchback of Notre Dame will open Friday, June 28th, and run for three weekends (June 28-30, July 5-7, July 12-14).

What To Prepare

Please prepare 16-32 bars of a song in the style of the show that both shows off your voice and your acting abilities. If possible, please use a backing track from YouTube or Spotify. Please do not sing a song from Hunchback. A Bluetooth speaker will be provided. Be prepared for a brief dance audition -- dress in comfortable clothing and footwear that you can move in safely. Those auditioning should also be prepared to read from the script. Any questions can be answered by contacting Mary Maxwell at marycate1996@gmail.com

Auditions will be held at:

Dover High School

520 N. Walnut Street

Dover, OH 44622

Please enter the south side of the building using the side entrance (Door G) on Tornado Alley. Parking is located directly across from the side entrance. Do not park in the main parking lot at the front of the school as you will not be able to access the building from the main entrance. There will also be signage to follow. 

This production will be presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International.

The production is sponsored by Levco Striping Services. The 2023-2024 Season is sponsored by Dover FOE #515.

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