Kelsey Casting Call: “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”


The Pennington Players have announced auditions for their Fall 2017 Kelsey Theatre production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame, opening October 2017 at The Kelsey Theatre! Wanna audition? Good! Here is everything you need to know!

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This is a non-union, non-paid production.

About the Show

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.

Audition Dates

Auditions and callbacks will be held in the Communications (CM) building adjacent to Kelsey Theatre. (On the campus of Mercer County Community College – 1200 Old Trenton Road, West Windsor, NJ)

  • Thursday, July 27th (7pm-10pm)
  • Saturday, July 29th (12pm-4pm)
  • Invited Callbacks: Sunday, July 30th (Time TBD)

Production Company & Creative Team

  • Presented by The Pennington Players
  • Directed by Frank Ferrara
  • Music Direction by Shannon Ferrara & Mike Gilch
  • Choreography by Rachel Tovar
  • Stage Management by Vianna Fagel
  • Produced by Jenn Gregg

Performance Dates & Location

  • All performances will take place inside The Kelsey Theatre at Mercer County Community College
  • Performance Dates:
    • Friday, October 20th at 8pm
    • Saturday, October 21st at 8pm
    • Sunday, October 22nd at 2pm
    • Friday, October 27th at 8pm
    • Saturday, October 28th at 8pm
    • Sunday, October 29th at 2pm

Rehearsal Information

  • Rehearsal are expected to begin in late-August.
  • Rehearsals will run approx. 3 times per week until the show’s opening on October 20th.

How To Sign-up

  • In order to minimize wait times, audition appointments are very strongly recommended.
  • To make an appointment, CLICK HERE.

Audition Prep

  • Performers are asked to prepare one complete song (classical or musical theatre preferred), and to bring sheet music in the correct key.
  • An accompanist will be provided. Pre-recorded accompaniment or a capella auditions cannot be accommodated.
  • Performers wishing to be considered for the roles Esmeralda, Clopin, Phoebus, or the People of Paris (dance ensemble, see below) will also be asked to learn and perform a dance combination at the initial audition.


  • All roles are open.
  • Please note that the cast will include a large, onstage choir.
    • The rehearsal schedule for the Choir will be significantly lighter than that for the rest of the cast, with only 1 choir rehearsal weekly until full run-throughs begin in mid-October.


QUASIMODO, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME – Tenor, reads 18-25 – The bell ringer of Notre Dame, grown fearful and withdrawn from a lifetime of isolation. Need an expressive physical actor, able to communicate ideas and emotions with limited dialogue. Vocally, must be a very strong light tenor able to sing consistently above the staff.

ARCHDEACON CLAUDE FROLLO – Bass Baritone, reads 45-55 – Quasimodo’s adopted father and the antagonist of the play, Frollo is NOT a moustache-twirling villain, a cynical hypocrite, or a monster … at least, not at first. He is motivated by a genuine and honest desire to do right as he sees it, to lead and teach with wisdom, and to pursue perfection in thought and deed. Need a physically and vocally imposing baritone.

ESMERALDA – Mezzo Soprano with a strong mid-range belt, reads 25-30 – A Gypsy dancer, new to Paris, she is independent, stubborn, ferocious, and perhaps a bit cynical. She is also an experienced performer, and as such readily adaptable and difficult to surprise. Strong dancer preferred.

CAPTAIN PHOEBUS DE MARTIN – Bariton, reads 25-30 – A handsome, charming, charismatic soldier. He has seen much war and bloodshed, but little of society and politics, leaving him once jaded and naive.

CLOPIN TROUILLEFOU – Baritone, reads 25-30 – The unofficial but unquestioned first among equals of the Gypsies of Paris, Clopin is a thief, a duelist, a magician, a dancer, and a storyteller. He, or she, also serves as a bit of an omniscient narrator when the occasion warrants.

THE SAINTS AND THE GARGOYLES – Approx. 3 male, 3 female, any ages – Quasimodo’s friends, advisors, and confidants, they are not the comic relief characters of the animated film but a much more ominous troup on the whole. They are also, in the strictest technical sense, statues. Significant solo and small ensemble singing, no dancing.

THE PEOPLE OF PARIS – Approx. 4 male, 4 female, any ages – A small ensemble of townspeople, soldiers, and gypsies. Please note that this will be principally a dance ensemble; singing ability is a bonus but not required.

THE CHOIR – Approx. 24 singers – The bulk of the choral work in this production will be handled by the Choir. Although these are onstage roles, they will not be asked to learn choreography or blocking, and will not be required to memorize music. The rehearsal schedule for the Choir will be significantly lighter than that of the rest of the cast, with only 1 choir rehearsal weekly until show run-throughs begin in mid-October.

How To Sign-up

  • In order to minimize wait times, audition appointments are very strongly recommended.
  • To make an appointment, CLICK HERE.

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