North theater puts on production of the Hunchback of Notre Dame


Shannon O'Brien, Contributor

North Theatre proudly presented their amateur production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, for the first time ever in the state of Wisconsin.

According to a press release from the theatre production team, North theatre director Ron Parker said, “We are so incredibly honored to be able to present the Wisconsin premiere of this new musical.  There have only been a handful of professional productions performed in the United States. In fact, North was given rights to the show before it was even officially released to amateur groups!”

From the same press release, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is described as follows: “The story 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 and hypocritical 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 the secretly impious 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 the maligned and mistreated hunchback, Quasimodo, to try and save them all.”

“I thought it went good. There were a couple screw ups, but they were pretty small,” said Kelly Eronson, an actress in the musical, when asked about opening night. “7/10 would do again,” added tech crew member Riley Nelson. The theatre department has been working since December for the show. When asked about how preparation went with tech crew, Nelson said “With the whole set it was interesting. Painting practically the whole time. Everything with tech has been hunky dory though.”