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!
Rachel is an International Theatre Production major at Ohio Northern University with a focus in Stage Management. At ONU, she has worked on many productions including, Young Frankenstein, Romeo and Juliet, Carrie: The Musical, and Sweet Charity.
"I am excited to bring some of what I've learned about theatre to such a fun community!"
Currently, he is pursing 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 Young Frankenstein, Carrie: the Musical, and Sweet Charity.
"From very early on Fendig has instilled in me a love for theatre. I am looking forward to giving back to the community and providing an amazing experience for the children of Rensselaer."
Most recently he was the Music Director for productions of Grease and Nunsense. Cameron recently performed as an actor in The Secret Garden and Willy Wonka. He is currently working on a new show's debut in Chicago!
"I am looking forward to working with students again and having the opportunity to teach the love and magic of theatre to a whole new generation."
Sydney is from Rensselaer, and is currently studying at Marian University in Indianapolis where she continues to be involved in show choir and theatre. Her majors include Secondary Education and Mathematics with minors in Theatre and Spanish. While at Marian, Sydney has worked for the Marian Theatre Department and has been involved in productions such as Urinetown and Argonautika. Sydney’s favorite roles include Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, Dance Captain in Footloose, Fairy Godmother in Cinderella, and Old Ma Strong in Urinetown.
"I am looking forward to creating an unforgettable show and summer for all the young actors with Fendig"
Some of Blake’s favorite roles include Pinocchio in Shrek the Musical, Leo Bloom in The Producers, and The Baker in Into the Woods. Blake studied Musical Theater at The American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York and worked for the Broadway Theatre Project in Tampa, Florida. Blake is currently living in NYC and working at Shuffles Tap and Musical Theater Studio and as a dancing M&M at the M&M’s World Store in Times Square while pursuing his dreams.
“I’m very excited to be back at Fendig this summer. My mom, aunts, uncles, and cousins have all been involved in Fendig productions. I love that I get to work and not only be a part of a family tradition, but a Rensselaer tradition.”
Come help us paint our set on Saturday, June 16th in the Rensselaer Central High School Auditorium at 3:00 pm!
Everyone is welcome to join our production crew as we continue to create the world of Disney's Newsies. All those participating in the paint day must wear closed toed shoes and should wear clothes that they do not mind getting paint on.
Fendig Summer Theater is a non-profit organization 501 (c)(3) for the advancement of theatre development in children.