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Audition Announcement



The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell

Director: Don Smith 
Music Director: Bethany Perkins Hall 
Choreographer: Victoria Perreault
 
 
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film, The Hunchback of Notre Dame showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel.
 
The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame ring out in the famed cathedral during fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer 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.
 
Audition Requirements:
• Audition sign-ins will begin a half hour before each days scheduled start time. 
• Singing Auditions - Prepare 16 bars of a Broadway-style song or a song from the show that is your key and that showcases your voice. You must bring sheet music marked with the measures to be performed. An accompanist will be provided. A cappella singing, instrumentals on CD, Tape, iPod, MP3 Player or other digital recorder will not be allowed. 
• Dance Audition: Wear comfortable shoes and clothes appropriate for dancing and movement. 
No bare feet allowed.
• Acting Audition: We will supply cold readings from the script. No monologues required. All actors that wish to read for Quasimodo, Claude Frollo, Esmerelda, Captain Phoebus de Martin, and Clopin Trouillefou should be prepared to stay through to the end of the days audition.
• Scheduling Conflicts: PLEASE come to auditions knowing of all scheduled conflicts from April 1st through June 23rd.  Conflicts will be an important consideration in casting.
If you are not available all of tech week (June 1-June 6 and/or any performance dates, we will not be able to cast you in this show). 
 
Audition Location:  Sign-up and waiting area will be in the Lobby - Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer Street, South Portland, ME 04106. Lobby phone: (207) 799-1421
 
For any questions regarding auditions contact the Director, Donald Smith via email donaldsmith5158@gmail.com

Audition Dates - you only need to attend one (1) audition date:
 
Auditions Day 1 - Friday, March 15th 
Singing Auditions for Choir Only -  5:30-7:00pm
Singing/Dance/Reading Auditions for Actors – 7:30-9:30pm
Auditions Day 2 - Saturday, March 16th 
Singing Auditions for Choir Only -12:00-2:00pm
Singing/Dance/Reading Auditions for Actors – 2:30-5:30pm
Call backs for Actors, by invitation (if needed) – Sunday, March 17th  - 6:30pm

Rehearsal Period: April 1st – June 5th. 
Choir will only rehearse one day a week for the 1st 6 weeks, 
Actor rehearsal schedule will be determined after the show is cast and may include Friday or Sunday evenings.

Performances
June 6th – Thursday 7:30pm - Senior Preview
June 7th – 23rd - Fridays & Saturdays 7:30pm; Sundays 2:30pm
 
CASTING
All Roles Are Available: The cast of this production consists 16-20 actors filling both principal roles and ensemble with many featured roles. There is also an onstage, costumed choir of 16-32 voices. Casting is for actors and singers 15 and older. Casting is determined by the quality of the auditions and for the principal roles, how the performers match up with each other. 

Lyric Music Theater is committed to diversity in our productions, both on stage and off.  We encourage people of every race, sexual orientation, faith, identity, physicality and ability to audition or contact us about other opportunities.  A culture of inclusion is essential to our mission at Lyric. As creators of art that relies on human empathy–we aspire to create a community built on respect, belonging, collaboration, and creativity.  Lyric is invested in exploring multiple perspectives and embracing the value of all people. We seek to cultivate an environment in which our differences are explored with generosity and openness.

Principals - Ages quoted are suggested character ages, not necessarily actor’s age:
 
Quasimodo - Gender: Male - Age: 20 to 30 - Vocal range top: Bb5 to bottom: Bb2.
The deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame. 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.

Claude Frollo - Gender: Male - Age: 40 to 50 - Vocal range top: Bb4 to bottom: E2
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. 

Esmeralda - Gender: Female - Age: 20 to 30 - Vocal range top: D5 to bottom: E3.
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.

Captain Phoebus de Martin - Gender: Male - Age: 25 to 40 - Vocal range top: Ab4 to bottom: A2.
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 - Gender: Male - Age: 30 to 40 - Vocal range top: F#5 to bottom: D3.
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. 

Ensemble/Choir:

Congregation/Ensemble - Gender: Any
Gypsies, gargoyles, soldiers, and citizens of Paris. Ensemble featured roles include Jehan Frollo.
Florika, Father Dupin, Lieutenant Frederic Charlus, King Louis XI, Tribunal (Town Crier), Madam, 
Saint Aphrodisius

Choir – Gender: Any
These are non-acting, non-dancing roles for singers. The rehearsal commitment for The Choir is substantially smaller than for the principal roles and The Congregation.


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