Artisan Center Theater (NON EQUITY) announces auditions for

the Main Stage production of

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

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


Directed by Natalie Burkhart

Music Direction by Richard Gwozdz

Performed at Artisan Center Theater at 444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas

 

From the Academy Award-winning team of Menken and Schwartz comes a lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance and what it means to be a hero.


AUDITION DATES: Monday, July 29 2019 from 7–10pm and Tuesday, July 30, 2019 from 7–10pm.

 

CALL BACKS: Callbacks (if necessary) will be held Wednesday, July 31, 2019 from 7–10pm.

 

LOCATION: Auditions will be at Artisan Center Theater's Second Stage at 444 East Pipeline Road, Hurst, Texas 76053.

 

REHEARSAL DATES: Rehearsals will begin Monday, August 26, 2019 and will generally be Monday–Friday from 7–10p and Saturdays from 9a–3p. (Not everyone will be called for every rehearsal.)

 

PRODUCTION DATES: The production runs October 11–November 9, 2019. Performances are Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday nights at 7:30pm, with additional Saturday matinees at 3pm beginning October 19.  Most parts are double cast to accommodate scheduling.

 

 

AUDITION INSTRUCTIONS: Vocal auditions are by appointment. Copy the following link into your browser and then make an appointment: https://go.oncehub.com/ArtisanCenterTheater. Please choose 16 bars of a song in the style of the show that will best display your vocal ability and come prepared to sing with your sheet music cut and marked and in the appropriate key.  An accompanist will be provided so accompaniment CDs or phone recordings may not be used.  If you would like to be considered for the choir only, please notate that on your audition form. Please bring a headshot/resume and your completed audition info found at http://artisanct.com/auditions.

 

The dance audition will be from 8–9pm on July 29–30. All actors who wish to be considered for a dancing role must attend one of the two dance auditions. Actors will learn and perform a dance combination, so please bring clothes you are comfortable dancing in and appropriate dance shoes. Please be warmed up and ready to dance. If asked to return for a call back, expect to dance and possibly learn/sing a song from the show.

 

Actors will be given six complimentary vouchers to be used during the first four performances, a season ticket (valid for one year) to be used during the first week of Main Stage productions, a show t-shirt and access to digital production photos.

 


ABOUT THE SHOW: 

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. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical.

 


ROLES AVAILABLE:

We are looking for a strong, ethnically diverse cast. Seeking all ethnicities for all roles.

Note: Ages quoted are character ages, not necessarily actor ages.

 

CLAUDE FROLLO – 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. Baritone with a rich lower register. 

Gender: Male | Age: 40 to 60

Vocal range top: Bb4 | Vocal range bottom: E2

 

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. 

Gender: Male | Age: 20 to 40

Vocal range top: Eb5 | Vocal range bottom: F3

 

FLORIKA – A gypsy and Quasimodo’s mother.

Gender: Female | Age: 20 to 30

Vocal range top: F#5 | Vocal range bottom: E4

 

FATHER DUPIN – A priest of Notre Dame and Claude and Jehan’s guardian.

Gender: Male | Age: 40 to 60

Vocal range top: A3 | Vocal range bottom: C3

 

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. Must be dexterous and flexible; strong tenor.

Gender: Male | Age: 20 to 30

Vocal range top: Bb5 | Vocal range bottom: Bb2

 

CLOPIN TROUILLEFOU – Charismatic, clever, mysterious. A magical showman. The King of the Gypsies and a Master of Ceremonies; high tenor. 

Gender: Male | Age: 20 to 40

Vocal range top: F#5 | Vocal range bottom: D3

 

CAPTAIN PHOEBUS DE MARTIN – 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.

Gender: Male | Age: 25 to 40

Vocal range top: Ab4 | Vocal range bottom: A2

 

LIEUTENANT FREDERIC CHARLUS – Lieutenant of the Cathedral Guard and loyal friend to Phoebus.

Gender: Male | Age: 20 to 40

 

ESMERALDA – 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.

Gender: Female | Age: 20 to 30

Vocal range top: D5 | Vocal range bottom: E3

 

KING LOUIS XI – King of France, nicknamed the Prudent.

Gender: Male | Age: 40 to 50

 

TRIBUNAL – A judicial officer.

Gender: Male | Age: 20 to 50

Vocal range top: E4 | Vocal range bottom: G2

 

MADAM – Owner of a brothel and safe haven for gypsies. Bold, flirtatious, sassy.

Gender: Female | Age: 35 to 50

 

SAINT APHRODISIUS – A stained-glass image that comes to life.

Gender: Male | Age: 30 to 50

Vocal range top: E4 | Vocal range bottom: B3

 

ENSEMBLE – Gypsies, gargoyles, soldiers, and citizens of Paris. Lots of singing and dancing. There are opportunities for numerous solo lines of dialogue and music as the show is narrated throughout by the Ensemble. Featured dancers will be chosen from the Ensemble.

 

NOTRE DAME CHOIR – This show contains an onstage choir in addition to the cast. Minimal blocking, non-speaking, non-dancing, and lots of beautiful choral singing. The rehearsal commitment for the choir is substantially smaller than for the principal roles and ensemble. The choir will rehearse separately from the cast leading up to opening, and will join the cast at rehearsals beginning September 23.

 

 

ABOUT THE THEATER:

Artisan Center Theater produces eight full scale Broadway style musicals a year in their 195-seat theater-in-the-round. Artisan also stages three additional special event plays on the new 150-seat thrust stage located on Second Stage. Also, on Second Stage, Artisan Children’s Theater produces six children's shows each year where children perform for children. As part of their mission to create opportunities to experience uplifting family-friendly theater, Artisan offers a complete program of theatrical education, dance and performing arts classes throughout the year. Opening in 2003 and now serving more than 90,000 patrons each year, Artisan Center Theater is located at 444 E Pipeline Rd. in Hurst, Texas. The theater is closed on Sunday.