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Hunchback of Notre Dame

The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Peoria Players Theatre
September 8-10 & 14-17

Peoria Players Theatre will open its 99th season this Friday, September 8 with the regional premiere of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. You may be familiar with the 1996 animated Disney feature with music by Alan Menken. The stage musical showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Stephen Schwartz.  Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel. The heart wrenching storyline from Victor Hugo, set in 14th Century France, will take audiences through themes of bullying, nihilism, jubilation, and acceptance. 

The forty-plus ensemble is backed by a choir of twenty.  Music Director Nichole Fauser has a twelve-piece live orchestra to fill both the streets of Paris and the lofty bell tower where Quasimodo lives and watches the vibrant street life he longs to encounter. Director Travis Olson has equal talent behind the curtain with the scale and girth of the Cathedral’s bells. Transportation to and from several states for the leased bells on the set were graciously provided by Two Men and A Truck, and they provide a genuine overhead for the story.

Tyler Smith from Metamora plays the Hunchback, Quasimodo.  Frollo will be played by local favorite, Dave Montague. Newcomer Creighton Burrell portrays the soldier, Phoebus, and all three men are in some ways vexed and intertwined by the beauty and intrigue of the gypsy, Esmerelda, played by Bloomington resident Vicky Snyder.


Director Travis Olson muses that this show marks the third of a similar theme in the past handful of years. Peoria Players patrons have enjoyed his spins of Shrek, followed by The Addams Family. “The definition of a Monster” and “what is normal” are the themes that the audience is asked to scrutinize. Quasimodo is conditioned from birth; he is hideous, yet the audience will evaluate what is pure of heart…and what is the evil of heart.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame runs September 8-10 and 14-17.  Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for patrons 20 and younger. For reservations, call our box office at 309-688-4473 or visit

Posted on September 7, 2017


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