The story of Hunchback
THE STORY OF ‘HUNCHBACK’ (WHAT’S THE PLOT?)
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?
THE HISTORY OF ‘HUNCHBACK’ (PAGE TO STAGE)
Hugo’s novel has inspired numerous adaptations and when Disney adapted it into an animated musical, with composer Alan Menken, writing music for his sixth Disney animated film, and lyricist Stephen Schwartz who had previously worked with Disney.
Menken and Schwartz, were pleased with the film, but wished it could have been darker, more closely mirroring the novel. They composed nine new songs which were translated into German for a new ‘Hunchback of Notre Dame’ Musical ‘Der Glöckner von Notre Dame’. The musical adopted a darker tone and restored many of Hugo’s plot elements.
More work was carried out with the musical becoming truer to the novel until ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ in its current form, premiered in the U.S.A. in 2014. After a successful run it came to Europe in 2019. Due to the Covid pandemic, very few productions were produced.
Ramsgate Operatic Society is therefore especially grateful and delighted to be among the very first companies in the U.K. able to bring this fantastic production to the stage. We hope you will be part of this amazing show.
CHARACTERS IN ORDER OF APPEARENCE
DOM CLAUDE FROLLO, Archdeacon of Notre Dame Cathedral
JEHAN FROLLO, Claude’s reckless younger brother
FLORIKA, a Gypsy
FATHER DUPIN, a priest of Notre Dame and guardian of Claude and Jehan
QUASIMODO, the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame and Claude Frollo’s charge
CLOPIN TROUILLEFOU, King of the Gypsies
PHOEBUS DE MARTIN, Captain of the Cathedral Guard
FREDERIC CHARLUS, Lieutenant of the Cathedral Guard
ESMERALDA, a beautiful and free-spirited Gypsy
KING LOUIS XI, King of France, nicknamed the Prudent
OFFICIAL, an officer of the court of King Louis XI MADAME, owner of a brothel and safe haven for Gypsies
SAINT APHRODISIUS, a stained-glass image that comes to life
CONGREGATION, an ensemble of storytellers who portray various GYPSIES, GARGOYLES, STATUES, SOLDIERS, REVELERS, PARISHIONERS, PRIESTS, PROSTITUTES and CITIZENS of Paris
SCENES AND MUSICAL NUMBERS
"The Bells of Notre Dame" - Frollo, Jehan, Father Dupin, & Congregation
"Sanctuary" - Frollo & Quasimodo
"Out There" - Quasimodo
*"Topsy Turvy (Part 1)" - Clopin, Quasimodo, & Congregation
"Rest and Recreation" - Phoebus, Frollo & Congregation
*"Rhythm of the Tambourine" - Clopin, Esmeralda, Phoebus, Frollo, Quasimodo, & Congregation
*"Topsy Turvy (Part 2)" - Clopin & Congregation
"Into Notre Dame" - Frollo, Quasimodo, Esmeralda, & Congregation
"God Help the Outcasts" - Esmeralda & Congregation
"Top of the World" - Esmeralda, Quasimodo, & Congregation
*"The Tavern Song" (Thai Mol Piyas) - Clopin, Esmeralda, Frollo, Congregation, & Gypsies
"Heaven's Light" - Quasimodo
"Hellfire" - Frollo & Congregation
"Esmeralda" - Frollo, Phoebus, Quasimodo, & Congregation
"Entr'acte" - Congregation
"Flight Into Egypt" - Saint Aphrodisius, Quasimodo, & Congregation
"The Court of Miracles" - Clopin & Gypsies
"In a Place of Miracles" - Phoebus, Esmeralda, Quasimodo, Clopin, & Gypsies
"Justice in Paris" - Congregation
"Someday" - Esmeralda & Phoebus
"While the City Slumbered" - Congregation
"Made of Stone" - Quasimodo & Congregation
"Finale" - Frollo, Phoebus, Quasimodo, Esmeralda, Clopin, & Congregation
A song with an asterisk (*) before the title indicates a dance number; a character listed in a song with an asterisk (*) by the character's name indicates that the character
exclusively serves as a dancer in this song, which is sung by other characters.