Auditions for the NH Premiere of
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Monday June 12
Wednesday June 14
6 pm, Players Studio
(callbacks for principals will be held Monday June 19)
This fall the Community Players of Concord will be undertaking the monumental challenge of bringing the epic new musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame to the Audi stage. Featuring a lush and soaring score by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz, including (but not limited to) songs from the Disney movie version, and a book by Peter Parnell that harkens back to Victor Hugo’s novel, Hunchback will appeal to fans of both the Disney movie and the classic novel. Similar in tone and scope to Hugo’s other classic that was brought to the stage, the musical version of Hunchback is more akin to Les Miserables than Beauty and the Beast.
While rehearsals won’t begin until mid to late August, the Players have chosen to audition for the show in June prior to people getting too busy with their summer plans. The team will be lead by Director Bryan Halperin and Music Director Troy Lucia, and feature a stunning set design by Hannah Joy. The rest of the production team is being put together.
Hunchback is written for both a cast of musical theatre storytellers as well as a large choir, and the producers are looking for a cast of 50 to bring this soaring music to life, split between the choir and the storytellers. The choir is a perfect opportunity for a talented singer who is new to theatre or isn’t interested in solo work or dance to contribute their talents to this production. The choir is always present on stage in this production and have choral books in hand (for those who have difficulty memorizing!) and play a vital role in conveying the sweeping score. Just give the music a listen and see!
You can learn more about the production needs at an info session on Sunday May 21st at 3 pm. Bryan will share his vision of the show, Troy will talk about the challenging music, and attendees can get a head start on audition prep by learning a short dance piece for auditions. Those interested in auditioning for the choir only can learn some of the choral music to be used at auditions.
Auditions will be held on Monday June 12 and Wednesday June 14 at 6 pm. (Callbacks for principals will be Monday June 19.) At 6 pm, those auditioning for the choir only will work with Troy on music for the audition and will not have to prepare a solo song. While that group is working with Troy, actors interested in the storyteller roles (and principals) will work on the dance piece for the audition. At 7 pm the choir folk will be finished and the rest will audition with the dance and 32 bars of their own musical theatre piece of their choosing (bring sheet music!). There will then be some readings from the script. Anybody who auditions for the storytellers may also be considered for the choir.
Principal roles include Quasimodo, the bell ringer of Notre Dame; Frollo, the Arch Deacon; Phoebus, the Captain of the Guard; Clopin (the leader of the Gypsies); and, of course, the beautiful Gypsy girl, Esmeralda. Storytellers will also play Gypsies, soldiers, statues, gargoyles, Parisians, saints and more!
Do NOT miss out on the chance to be involved in this unforgettable musical!
Friday & Saturday, November 17-18, 2017, 7:30 pm
Sunday, November 19, 2017, 2:00 pm
(Note: This is the weekend before Thanksgiving.)