Fendig Theatre for Children is pleased to introduce our 2020 season, the Fendig Theatre Experience. Our staff is creating exciting episodes for everyone to learn about theatre performance and production. We are inviting all to take part in our season, and encourage you to join our Core Ensemble for exclusive opportunities at no cost. The Core Ensemble will receive personalized feedback from our staff and are guaranteed to appear in our final performance. We look forward to creating with you!
Rachel just graduated from Ohio Northern University with a degree in International Theatre Production and focus in Stage Management. At ONU, she has worked on many productions including, Young Frankenstein, Romeo and Juliet, Carrie: The Musical, and Sweet Charity. Rachel is looking forward to having a fun summer connecting with the community virtually.
Currently, he is pursuing degrees in International Theatre Production and Computer Science at Ohio Northern University. While working at The Freed Center for the Performing Arts, Harrison has worked on many productions including Spring Awakening, Young Frankenstein, and Carrie: the Musical. Harrison is looking forward to giving back to the community and providing an amazing experience for the children of Rensselaer.
Along with theatre, Sydney participates in the choir at Marian University along with various math and theatre honor societies. She is thrilled to be able to be a part of the Fendig family again and be able to connect with the kids throughout this virtual season!
Blake currently lives in New York City, and recently finished working as the Child Talent Assistant for the 1st season of The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo and the 51st season of Sesame Street. Blake and the Fendig team have worked very hard to bring you this unique virtual experience, and he can’t wait to continue teaching the young performers of Rensselaer this summer.
Fendig has been very grateful for our temporary warehouse storage, but it's time for us to move. We need your help moving our warehouse materials to another storage space. Help us go through and move the pieces that make up our shows every year so we can continue to put on the show, reuse and repurpose our materials.
For students, we are happy to count these hours for your volunteer service hours for any of your school/club needs! This would be a great opportunity for the Jasper Newton Foundation Senior Service Challenge.
Come for an hour or two or stay until we are done. Any time you can give us would be appreciated.
Please wear comfortable clothing. We are so appreciative of any and all community members available to help.
This weekend we are hosting two tech workshops! This is a great opportunity to learn about what happens behind the scenes in theatre. Participants will have a chance to use the equipment and ask questions to our technical staff! These workshops are free and open to everyone. Bring a friend and we hope to see you there!
The deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame and Claude Frollo’s charge. Lonely and staunchly obedient to Frollo, he possesses a vivid imagination that brings to life the bells and gargoyles of the cathedral. Despite his shyness and uncertainty, he quickly befriends Esmeralda. Big-hearted, and brave when need be.
A beautiful and free-spirited gypsy who possesses the 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 judgment, falls for the cocky Phoebus.
Dom 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,” even as he lusts after Esmeralda. He is Calculating, manipulative, and obsessive.
The clever and charismatic King of the Gypsies. An air of mystery surrounds Clopin, 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.
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.
Gypsies, gargoyles, soldiers, and citizens of Paris. The congregation can be seen at all times throughout the show assisting in telling this story. Everyone in the cast will be a member of the congregation throughout the show.
A stained-glass image that comes to life.
Lieutenant of the Cathedral Guard and loyal friend to Phoebus.
Claude’s reckless younger brother. With the gypsy Florika, he fathers Quasimodo, who he leaves in his brother’s care. Wild, passionate, and strong-willed.
A gypsy and Quasimodo’s mother.
King Louis XI:
King of France, nicknamed the Prudent.
A priest of Notre Dame and Claude and Jehan’s guardian.
Owner of a safe haven for gypsies.
The composer of Disney's Newsies, Alan Menken, and the composter of Wicked, Stephen Schwartz, have created a masterpiece with the music in this production. I cannot wait for all of you to start learning it! Our Music Director, Cameron, is very excited to starting working and is going to help you sound amazing!
Along with great music there are some awesome dancing moments in this show. Sydney, our Assistant Director, and I are very excited to teach all new dance moves for this show. In addition to all of the dancing, we will get to do more stage combat! Last year we did combat with our hands but this year some of it will require swords.
The musical of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is very different from the Disney film. In the Disney film, you will see Quasimodo interacting with three gargoyles. In the musical, the entire cast represents those gargoyles. This will give everyone more opportunities to be onstage and a larger role in telling our story.
I could write all day about all the things that excite me about getting to work on this show with you, but you’ll learn them all once we start rehearsals. The production team and I can’t wait to see you at auditions. Please come ready to learn, and be yourselves. There’s absolutely no reason to be nervous. You don’t need to prepare anything, just come in and follow our instructions and you’ll be set!
Hope to see you guys at auditions!
Fendig Summer Theater is a non-profit organization 501 (c)(3) for the advancement of theatre development in children.