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"What makes a monster and what makes a man?"
This question propels the drama, romance, and suspense of the new musical The Hunchback of Notre Dame, based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature. Morning in fifteenth-century Paris begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed gothic cathedral. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be out amongst the people, 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. Sweeping music by the acclaimed duo of Alan Menken (Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin) and Steven Schwartz (The Prince of Egypt, Wicked) augment this powerful story to make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by this truly unforgettable musical!*

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is CharacterWorks' 2023 summer Masters Camp production, performed by a cast of high school students at the conclusion of a two-week camp.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is planned to be performed at the Perkinson Center for the Arts and Education.

*Please note: Masters Camp productions often deal with issues and themes that are more mature than the shows during our mainstage season. CharacterWorks does not recommend this show for audiences under the age of 13. Parental guidance suggested.*

Dates / Times:

  • Thursday, Jul 27th @ 7:00pm
  • Friday, Jul 28th @ 7:00pm
  • Saturday, Jul 29th @ 2:00pm
  • Saturday, Jul 29th @ 7:00pm
Tickets go on sale Monday July 3, 2023 at 5:00pm

Ticket Prices:


The Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education:

11810 Centre St, Chester, VA 23831


Show Notes:

Masters Camp registration will open February 1st, 2023 at 5PM. View camp registration info at the links below:
Learn More & Register (GIRLS)
Learn More & Register (GUYS)


Camp/Rehearsals will be held at KingsWay Community Church (14111 Sovereign Grace Dr, Midlothian, VA 23114)
Tech Week and Performances will be held at the Perkinson Center for the Arts & Education (11810 Centre St, Chester, VA 23831)

View Masters Camp 2023 Daily Schedule & Audition Info

All students registered in the camp are cast in the show. Auditions and callbacks will determine roles and ensembles.


Characters:

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.

Esmeralda

A beautiful and free-spirited Romani woman 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.

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 Roma “vermin,” even as he lusts after Esmeralda. Calculating, manipulative, and obsessive.

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.

Clopin Trouillefou

The clever and charismatic leader of the Roma. 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, Clopin is witty and playful, but boasts a darker, serious nature when not performing for the crowd. Casting male or female (Clopin can be either male or female).

Jehan Frollo

Claude’s reckless younger brother. Father to Quasimodo, who he leaves in his brother’s care. Wild, passionate, and strong-willed.

Florika

A Romani woman 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 safe haven for the Roma.

Saint Aphrodisius

A stained-glass image that comes to life.

Gargoyles

The statues adorning Notre Dame, come to life in Quasimodo's imagination as his friends and companions. This ensemble includes featured soloists/characters.

Gypsies

Nomadic Roma refugees who, facing discrimination, are seeking a better life. This ensemble includes featured soloists/characters.

Soldiers

French soldiers, scarred from the war. This ensemble includes featured soloists/characters.

Citizens of Paris

Fishermen, bakers, passersby and celebrants of the Feast of Fools. This ensemble includes featured soloists/characters.

Congregation and Choir

An ensemble of singers and storytellers.