AUDITIONS for THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

Information

The final mainstage show in FUSE Productions’ fourth season is THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, 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 show will be directed by Richard Biever and choreographed and stage managed by Jill A. Brighton. Music director TBA. Scenic design by Michael Benson, costume design by Julie Snyder, lighting design by Tyler Sperrazza, and sound design by Michael Blake.

Auditions will be held Sunday, March 18 from 4-6 pm and 7-9 pm at Singing Onstage Studios, 1108 S. Pugh Street in State College. You may sign-up for an audition time here: Audition Time Sign-Up Sheet.

Please prepare 32-bars (no more than 90 seconds) of a legit musical theatre song that shows your voice at its best. (No rock, pop, etc.) Also, please fill out this Audition Form and email to info@fuseproductions.org

We are seeking an onstage cast of 19 and a CHOIR (separate from the onstage cast and singing in the balcony of the theatre) of at least 32 voices (can be as many as 50 voices). If you are interested in singing in the CHOIR only, contact us at info@fuseproductions.org for further information. The choral director is Alex Cooper.

Music rehearsals for HUNCHBACK will begin Monday, May 21 and staging rehearsals will begin on Sunday, May 27. We rehearse Monday-Friday evenings, 6:30-10:30 pm and Sundays from 2-5 pm and 6-9 pm. (Saturdays off, except June 16th and 23rd.)  Not all cast members will be called for every rehearsal, but you must have general availability with minimal conflicts.

Tech week begins on Saturday, June 16th with a three-hour sitzprobe with the orchestra. On June 17th, the cast will be called from 12 noon-12 midnight, with a two-hour break for dinner from 5-7 pm. There will be three dress rehearsals on June 18, 19, 20, from 5:30-11 pm and four performances, June 21-23 at 7:30 pm and a matinee on the 23rd at 2 pm.

If you have consistent conflicts with the schedule or ANY conflicts from June 17-23, do not audition for the show.

Character Breakdown

All roles require very strong singers and actors. There is minimal movement/choreography in HUNCHBACK.

The roles of FROLLO and ESMERALDA have been cast. All other roles available. (As of this posting.)

Congregation8 women/7 men. An ensemble of storytellers who portray various Gypsies, Gargoyles, Statues, Soldiers, Revelers, Parishioners, Priests, Prostitutes, and Citizens of Paris.

Each ensemble member must be a facile actor and possess an excellent singing voice.

Speaking Roles:
Dom Claude FrolloWil Hutton (the role is cast)

Jehan Frollo – Claude’s reckless younger brother. (Also in the ensemble.)

Florika – a Gypsy. (Also in the ensemble.)

Father Dupin – a priest of Notre Dame and guardian of Claude and Jehan. (Also in the ensemble.)

Quasimodo – the deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame and Frollo’s charge

Clopin Trouillefou – King of the Gypsies (Also in the ensemble.)

Phoebus de Martin – Captain of the Cathedral Guard

Frederic Charlus – Lieutenant of the Cathedral Guard (Also in the ensemble.)

Esmeralda Chelsea Zeno (the role is cast)

King Louis, XI – King of France, nicknamed the Prudent (Also in the ensemble.)

Official – an officer of the court of King Louis XI (Also in the ensemble.)

Madame – owner of a brothel and safe haven for Gypsies (Also in the ensemble.)

Saint Aphrodisius – a stained-glass image that comes to life. (Also in the ensemble.)

Choir

HUNCHBACK calls for a choir separate from the Ensemble. The choir will be 32-50 voices and will sing from the balcony of Schwab. Alex Cooper, Masters in Choral Conducting student at PSU, will direct the choir. There is an immense amount of music, much of it in Latin, so this is some serious singing!

The choir will wear black clothing (their own) and need to supply a black 3-ring binder and a battery operated book light. (The book light will be needed in Schwab but not at the choir only rehearsals.

The rehearsal schedule for the choir will be 7 Sundays from 3-6 pm:
April 22, 29
May 6, 13, 20
June 3, 10

The choir will join the cast and orchestra for a sitzprobe on Saturday, June 16 from 3-6 pm. And the choir will be required at all dress rehearsals and performances:

Dress Rehearsals: June 18, 19, 20 from 6:30-10:30 pm
Performances: June 21, 22, 23 7 pm call, 7:30 pm Performance
June 23 matinee   1:30 pm call, 2 pm Performance

Members of the choir may miss one choir only rehearsal but attendance is required at the sitzprobe, dress rehearsals, and performances. Please carefully check your schedule before committing to joining the HUNCHBACK Choir.