The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Jun 1 – Jun 24, 2018
Tickets on sale September 2017
Music by Alan Menken
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If you experience any discomfort during a performance, an usher or the House Manager will be glad to assist you.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is adapted from the classic novel by Victor Hugo; the music is by Alan Menken, the lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. It tells the story of Quasimodo, the son of an archdeacon’s brother and a gypsy girl, who grows up in Notre Dame cathedral. He is told by Claude Frollo, his uncle and keeper, that he is deformed and ugly and must stay hidden.
Recommended for ages 10 and up.
A couple of “hells” are heard and one “damnation.” The townspeople call Esmerelda a “gypsy whore.”
Jehan brings his pious brother, Claude, a gypsy girl as a birthday gift, which is refused. Jehan and the girl leave together; their illegitimate son, who has a hump on his back, will later be given to Claude, who has risen to the position of archdeacon.
Esmerelda, the gypsy girl, dances before the crowd: Claude Frollo, Phoebus, and Quasimodo are all entranced by her as she sings: “Before we get old / Come feel the heat / Come taste the desire / Feel them within you.”
Frollo offers to teach Esmerelda and save her soul; she is frightened, as she can see his attraction to her. When she resists, he threatens her with arrest if she enters the cathedral again. Frollo then confesses his lust to God, but blames it on the “gypsy witch.”
We see Phoebus seek Esmerelda out and then see them awaken together in the morning, indicating they have become lovers.
Soldiers searching for Esmerelda, who has been accused of witchcraft, seek her out in a brothel that is known to provide help for gypsies.
Claude Frollo considers throwing a child (who has been left in his keeping) into the abyss, but changes his mind.
Phoebus, a soldier back from the front, arrives to join the Cathedral Guard; he sings of the deaths he has witnessed: “I’m far away from battle / the clotting blood and rotting wounds / Of dead and dying men.”
When Quasimodo is named king of the day, the crowd begins to throw objects at him, then to beat him; Frollo refuses to stop them right away, but Esmerelda calls it a halt.
Frollo decides that the gypsy girl he is infatuated with “will be mine or she will burn.” When she is captured, he embraces her and she claws at his cheek to get away.
Frollo slaps Quasimodo after Esmerelda visits, accusing him of “impure thoughts.”
Esmerelda puts a knife to Phoebus’s throat when she thinks he will arrest her; he disarms her, but she elbows him and retrieves her knife.
A character is stabbed in the back (but not killed) when soldiers attempt to arrest Esmerelda.
Claude Frollo’s pleasure-loving brother Jehan is seen drinking in the cathedral.
The archdeacon, Frollo, objects to the annual “Feast of the Fools,” the only time “foreigners, gypsies, and criminals” are allowed to wander the city freely without fear of arrest.
Esmerelda prays when she enters the cathedral for the first time: “Please help my people / The poor and down-trod / I thought we were all / The children of God.”