by Helen McGregor
It is 1482 in Paris and Quasimodo, a deformed bell ringer in a cold, cathedral tower, discovers his inner strength. Frollo, who took his nephew Quasimodo in after the death of his brother Jehan, is a conflicted priest who battles the fate of eternal damnation. Phoebus, a handsome soldier shuns duty to pursue Esmeralda, a beautiful Gypsy dancer. This musical retelling of the beloved medieval love story features a memorable score by Alan Menken (Disney’sThe Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin).
Kemptville Youth Musical Theatre’s outstanding cast of leads is strongly supported by an equally outstanding ensemble that will impress you with their interpretation of the “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. From gypsies to gargoyles, soldiers to townspeople, and parishioners to revelers, this ensemble is energetic and full of surprises for the audience.
Ensemble members often have 2-5 roles in the show. They switch into gorgeous costumes and come out to support the leads. I would like to mention the rest of the ensemble who have not been listed so far in the past two articles published in this paper.
The pivotal song of Frollo is “Hellfire” and with the eerie dancing for this song this is a show you will not want to miss! Rhiannah Gallagher, Fiona Wheatley and Tatum Tatarciuc really enjoy dancing in this number. Rylie Hillier and Emily Cooper’s dance make a wonderful backdrop for Quasimodo’s hopeful song of “Heaven’s Light”. The lighting and dancing in this show really take you into the heart of this story.
Watch as gypsies Laura Maskell, Alina Watson, Lauren McKibbin, Grace Hamilton, Sarah McKibbin, Rachel Dawson (also plays Father Dupin), Alex Fear (also plays Jehan), Koya Choi and Annalise Belhumeur dazzle you with their dancing and singing as the gypsies fight to be treated as equals in their harsh world. Aby Robbens does a great job as a feisty Miller who stands up to Frollo. She is also a member of the gang of Gargoyles who help Quasimodo find his inner strength. Enjoy the fun loving gargoyles Mireille Carpentier, Elisha Whelan, Laura Eyre, Jacob Pretty and Hannah Marceau.
The guards and soldiers are Arden Leahy, Maxime Tufts, Wesley Fahey and Morgan Belhumeur. They are serious as Frollo’s guards and soldiers but then have fun as gargoyles, revelers and townspeople! The whole ensemble is an integral part of this unforgettable production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” put on by KYMTC and NGCC. Do not miss this show! It is a truly unforgettable musical.
Tickets are $16 online and $15 from a cast member, at the door or at Scotiabank, Kemptville. Shows are Apr. 14 at 7:30pm and 15 at 2pm, Apr. 20 & 21 at 7:30pm and 22 at 2pm, Apr. 27 & 28 at 7:30pm and 29 at 2pm at the Urbandale Arts Centre. For information please go to www.kymtc.org and www.ngcc.net