June 28-30: The Hunchback of Notre Dame stage by Summer Musical TheatreCamp

The Summer Musical TheatreCamp opens its twenty-fifth season with a musical theater production this week.  Disney’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame will be performed at Lewis Auditorium, Flagler College this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Show times are 7:30 p.m. June 28-29; and 2 p.m. June 30 in Lewis Auditorium at Flagler College, 14 Granada St., downtown St. Augustine. Tickets are $20 for adults and $10 for children under 9. The box office opens one hour before each show.  The theater opens one half-hour before each show. Seating is general admission. There is no reserved or call-ahead seating.  For additional information call 904-501-7396.

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 musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There,” 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. A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic.

The cast includes talented high school actors from schools from the North Florida area. A feature of this production is a choir made up of singers from all throughout the community coming together to add to the dramatic music inspired by the Paris landmark Notre Dame Cathedral.

The cast includes Nick Aiello, Nathaniel Bushell, Sarah Butler, Maggie Cox, A.J. DePetris, Gavin Downs, Mia Hammond, Sara Hanzl, Wyatt Kerly, Evie Kischling, Jacob Little, Jackson Moser, Collen Reed, Ella Romaine, Gannon Thomas, Kyler Unsworth and Tyler Wankowski.  The community choir is made up of Jean Byatt-Tanks, Beverly Cood, Vickie D’Alessandro, Kay Ezzell, Georgia Garrett, Chelsye Ginn, Sharon Haszard, Laurie Keller, Mary King, James King, Connie Leddilate, Karah Leewe, Wyatt Matlock, Linda McGowin, Bill Norris, Nancy Pacha, Nerissa Robinson, Harry Ruhsam, Roger Tanks and Bethann Vidman.

Mike Beaman serves as Artistic Director for the summer program and Director/Choreographer for The Hunchback of Notre Dame.  Joe Kemper is the artistic consultant for this show and directs in the second summer session.  Carl Liberatore returns as Technical Director. Nikki Falcao is the Assistant Technical Director. Olivia Bradshaw is the Stage Manager. Curtis Powell works as Administrator and Music Director for the program.

The Summer Musical TheatreCamp, now in its 25th  season, has excelled in its goal of giving students a taste of musical theater by instructing in all aspects of a musical theater production;  acting, music and dance. The camp culminates in the creation and performance of complete staged musical theater and theatrical productions before a live audience.

The Summer Musical TheaterCamp is widely as the leading training ground for young actors.  Since its inception in 1995, with 30 kids ages 5 to 14, the educational program has produced 40 musical theater shows with over 1400 kids and teens in participation.  For the past sixteen years the SMTC for teens has produced full-scale Broadway musicals on its stage. Additionally, for an ninth year, the middle school/high school group will present its own full-scale musical in an effort to give these younger actors the skills and opportunities to be on stage in leading rolls.  The actors have come not only from St. Augustine and throughout the state, but from across the USA including New Jersey, California, Ohio, Wisconsin; and even England and Malaysia. Many kids and teens have spent up to thirteen years in the program with several now working as professional actors throughout the county.  This summer over 150 kids ranging from age 5 to 18 will take part in the 2018 summer season.

 

 

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