by Helen McGregor
Putting on a production as massive as the Hunchback of Notre Dame takes an amazing and dedicated production crew. These volunteers are the backbone of this wonderful upcoming production starring the cast of KYMTC and the choir of NGCC. So that the audience can understand what is involved in putting on a large musical, here is your guide to Hunch Back’s production crew!
The Director of a musical has the final say in all artistic aspects of the production and is in charge of all that happens on the stage. Barb Lacelle has been the amazing director of KYMTC since its inception 17 years ago. Barb is so glad to have the creative thinking that went behind this show finally up on the stage. The youth of KYMTC, the choir of NGCC, and the whole production crew will bring the story of Hunchback of Notre Dame to life for all of you lucky audience members to see! All of the production team helps each other building sets and properties, and the overlap shows how important collaboration is to putting on a terrific show.
The Producer oversees all business aspects of the production and co-ordinates everything that does not involve acting or singing on stage. The producer recruits the other production crew members and oversees their activities. Marilyn Conroy fulfils this onerous job with a smile on her face and Barb says “Marilyn is a wonder. She handles everything so efficiently that it frees up my time to just direct.”
The Musical Director coordinates all the music for the cast and choir. Phillip Konopka is also the accompanist for the production, with help from Chris O’Neill. Phillip says this show is filled with musical motifs that repeat throughout the show. These musical themes help the audience to understand the main elements of this wonderful story.
The Choreographer develops the movements and locations of the dancers, to bring the dance aspect of a musical to life. Laura Anderson is having so much fun with her band of dancers, and she especially loves the dancing skeletons – a must see for all! The Costume Designer designs and fabricates, buys or borrows costumes, then ensures proper fits of costumes to the actors. Carolyn Bruce has made a wonderfully colourful cast come to life.
The Lighting Designer works with the Director to determine changes in location, colour, size, shape and intensity of lights in the whole theatre, and to write a set of lighting cues coordinated with the script. Kevin Colwell says this is the most complex lighting that he has ever designed. Kevin is also Assistant Director to Barb. The Sound Engineer operates the sound control board, puts in place microphones, speakers, wiring and other sound equipment. Peter Miller loves finding just the right sound that can really help bring that scene to life. His favourite so far is the “Rock Crumbling” sound he found for when the hunchback frees himself.
The Set Designer plans and draws the set for the stage and may work on set construction with a crew of carpenters, painters, and other artists. Bonnie Selleck is very proud of all the work of the amazing crew to bring this amazing set to life. Watch out for the Bells of Notre Dame! Big thanks go to Clayton and Susan Barkley for building those bells, cauldron, birds, and some of the difficult set pieces. The Master Carpenter, Neil Conroy, worked hard to produce awesome larger sets. Each production, they get bigger and better. He says that the crew’s minds come together to brainstorm on the production sets.
The Stage Manager is the director’s assistant, who ensures that sets, properties and actors are in the right place at the right time. Catherine Robbens, her assistant Cait Lewis, and the rest of stage crew, make those set changes go so smoothly that each scene will blend seamlessly with the next.
This amazing Production Crew helps our wonderful actors and choir retell Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance, and what it means to be a hero. Don’t miss “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. Tickets are $16 online and $15 from a cast member, at the door, or at Scotiabank, Kemptville. Shows are April 14 at 7:30pm and 15 at 2pm; April 20 & 21 at 7:30pm; and 22 at 2pm; April 27 & 28 at 7:30pm, and 29 at 2pm. For information please go to www.kymtc.org and www.ngcc.net.