Saturday, 18 November 2023 Gosford Musical Society
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Originating from the 19th-century novel penned by Victor Hugo, this masterpiece has undergone a metamorphosis into various art forms, notably theatre. This particular musical incarnation boasts an impressive creative lineage, with the musical score crafted by the renowned composer Alan Menken, lyricist Stephen Schwartz, and playwright Peter Parnell.
The narrative's genesis lies within the heart of Paris during the 15th century, a turbulent era synonymous with Gothic architecture and societal upheaval, vividly portrayed against the backdrop of the grand Notre Dame Cathedral. This musical extravaganza encapsulates the intricate beauty of the period, immersing audiences in a world teeming with passion, betrayal, and unyielding hope.
The tale follows the fate of Quasimodo, a disfigured bell-ringer sheltered within the cathedral's lofty confines, his heart tethered to Esmeralda, a mesmerizing and compassionate dancer. The entwining of their destinies amidst the treacherous backdrop of power struggles and societal prejudices forms the bedrock of this compelling saga.
Originally introduced to the theatrical realm in 1999 by Disney Theatrical Productions, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" has traversed continents, captivating audiences with its powerful orchestration, poignant storytelling, and emotive performances. Its Broadway debut in 2015 marked a significant milestone, showcasing its enduring resonance and thematic depth.
As Gosford Musical Society prepares to unveil this theatrical gem, audiences can anticipate a riveting performance resonating with timeless themes of love, sacrifice, and the pursuit of acceptance. Laycock Street Community Theatre is poised to transform into a sanctuary where history, music, and theatrical prowess converge, delivering an unforgettable experience for attendees of all ages.
This much-anticipated production promises to be a cultural tour de force, inviting spectators to immerse themselves in the rich tapestry of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" and witness the transformative power of live theatre.
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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 Romani woman, 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 Roma – and it's up to Quasimodo to save them all.
Gosford Musical Society is presenting The Hunchback of Notre Dame at Laycock Street Community Theatre November 2024
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