The Hunchback of Notre Dame

What makes a monster and what makes a man? This is the central theme of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, a sweeping, grand-scale musical from Disney Theatrical. Based on the 1996 Disney film and Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel, The Hunchback of Notre Dame tells the story of Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bell-ringer of Notre Dame, and his desire to one day be a part of the outside world. When he summons the courage to attend the Feast of Fools, he meets Esmeralda, a compassionate gypsy who protects him from an angry mob. But at the same time, Quasimodo’s master, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, and the new captain of the guard, Phoebus de Martin, fall in love with the beautiful girl. Adding to Quasimodo’s struggle is his punishment and derision from Frollo, following years of psychological abuse, and the danger posed by the gypsies, who are willing to kill any outsiders who venture into their secret hideout. But before Paris is burned to the ground, will Quasimodo be able to save Esmeralda from Frollo’s lust and anger? Will she return Quasimodo’s affection? Who is the true monster of Notre Dame?


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. This actor will be representing Quasimodo’s deformity,
therefore actors submitting for this role must be dexterous and flexible. Strong
tenor. Vocal range Bb2 to Bb5.
DOM CLAUDE FROLLO. Archdeacon of Notre Dame Cathedral and
the most powerful cleric in Paris, he is the reluctant caretaker of Quasimodo.
Convinced of his own righteousness, he struggles with the conflict between the
self-denial required by his religious beliefs and his strong desire for Esmeralda.
Calculating, manipulative, and obsessive. Baritone with a rich lower register.
Vocal range E2 to Bb4.
ESMERALDA. A beautiful, exotic and free-spirited gypsy who
possesses the strong sense of justice and morality that Frollo lacks. Stands up for
what she believes in. Compassionate, she frees Quasimodo from the frenzied mob
at the Feast of Fools and, against her better judgment, falls for the cocky
Phoebus. Mezzo. Vocal range E3 to D5.
CAPTAIN PHOEBUS DE MARTIN. Dashing captain of the Cathedral
Guard. Overconfident yet charming leading man type; conflicted between
following his duty and doing what’s right; falls for Esmeralda. Vocal range A2 to
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. Vocal range F3 to Eb5.
FLORIKA. A gypsy and Quasimodo’s mother. Vocal range E4 to
FATHER DUPIN. A priest of Notre Dame and Claude and Jehan’s
guardian. Vocal range C3 to A3.
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, he is witty and
playful, but he boasts a darker, serious nature when not performing for the
crowd. Vocal range D3 to F#5.
LIEUTENANT FREDERIC CHARLUS. Lieutenant of the Cathedral
Guard and loyal friend to Phoebus.
SAINT APHRODISIUS. A stained-glass image that comes to life.
Vocal range B3 to E4.
KING LOUIS XI. King of France, nicknamed the Prudent.
TRIBUNAL. A judicial officer. Vocal range G2 to E4.
MADAM. Owner of a brothel and safe haven for gypsies.
CONGREGATION/ENSEMBLE. Gypsies, gargoyles, soldiers, and citizens of Paris.