Cast of Characters

The Hunchback of Notre Dame will require a LARGE cast of strong singer/actors, with some featured movers of moderate dance ability.  A powerful, a highly involved ensemble is an essential feature.  There are no roles for children.  The fact that this production will not be geared to children's interest will not lessen our commitment to our mission of "family safe entertainment."  (See "Synopsis and Interpretation".)

FEMALE CHARACTERS DESCRIPTION (ages quoted are suggestions for the character portrayals) vocal range
Esmeralda Beautiful, free-spirited gypsy who possesses a 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 judgement, falls for the cocky Phoebus. (20's)  Must be strong singer/actress who moves well. Mezzo, E3-D5
Florika Flirtatious gypsy who takes off with Jehan.  Quasimodo's mother.  Dies while he is just a baby. (20's)  (Also Ensemble member) Soprano, E4-F#5
Madam Owner of tavern, safe haven for gypsies (mature) (Also Ensemble member)  
MALE    CHARACTERS    
Quasimodo The deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame and Claude Frollo's charge.  Lonely and staunchly obedient to Frollo. Naïve and innocent.  Big-hearted and brave when he needs to be.  He possesses a vivid imagination that brings to life the bells, gargoyles, and statues of the cathedral. (20's) Must be strong singer/actor - athletic & flexible, able with costume to affect the deformed physicality of Quasimodo.  Tenor, Bb2-Bb4
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" for he sees them as having caused his brother's downfall.  However he is tormented by the conflict between his self-righteousness and his own tormented attraction for the gypsy Esmeralda. In our interpretation, the intensity of conflict between desire and repulsion combined with fear of damnation must drive the character more than evil.  Manipulative, obsessive, controlling.  (40's-50's)  Must have strong lower register.  (We may possibly cast a second actor as the younger Frollo.) Bass Baritone, E2-E4
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 to stand up for Esmeralda that he loves. (20's) Tenor or High Baritone,A2-Ab4
Clopin Trouillefou The clever and charismatic King of the Gypsies.  An air of mystery surrounds Copin, who often leaves the scene in a puff of smoke.  As the master of ceremonies for the Feast of Fools, he is witty and playful, but he boasts a darker, serious nature when not performing for the crowd. (20's-30's)  Must be a strong mover. Tenor or high baritone, D3-F#4
Jehan Frollo Claude's reckless, passionate younger brother.  With the gypsy Forika, he fathers Quasimodo, who he leaves in his brother's care upon his death.  Wild, rebellious, strong-willed. (20's)  (Also Ensemble member) Baritone, F3-Eb4
Lieutenant Frederic Charlus Lieutenant of the Cathedral Guard, and loyal friend to Phoebus (20's) (Also Ensemble member)  
Father Dupin A priest of Notre Dame; Guardian for young Jehan & Claude (40's-50's) (Also Ensemble member) A3-C4
King Louis XI King of France, nicknamed the Prudent.  (40-50)  (Also Ensemble member)  
Tribunal A judificial officer  (age indeterminate)  (Also Ensemble member) G2-E4
Saint Aphrodisius Statue (or stained glass image) that comes to life.  Aphrodisius was believed to have guarded Mary, Joseph, and Jesus in their flight to Egypt and was beheaded.  (age indeterminate) (Also Ensemble member) B3-E4
ENSEMBLE:
Congregants Multiple Male/Female narrators, soloists ALL vocal parts required.  Experience with choral singing a plus.
Gargoyles, Statues Sculptural renderings of saints, chimeras, and gargoyle downspots on the façade and towers of Notre Dame.  These characters are alive to Quasimodo and interact vocally with him.  Male & Female, these have multiple solo and small ensemble singing opportunities. Must be strong soloists.
Choral Ensemble LARGE group serving as Choir, Congregation, Gypsies, and Citizens of Paris who essentially narrate the entire show throughout.  Ensemble is VERY active and involved heavily throughout the production with LOADS of singing! Choral singing is VERY CHALLENGING.  Dancers will be chosen from the ensemble.