The Hunchback of Notre Dame
With ringing cathedral bells, the Greece Performing Arts Society (GPAS) presents the Upstate New York regional premiere of Disneys The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The production will be held at the 800-seat Lyric Theatre Main Stage, located at 440 East Avenue in downtown Rochester from October 20-29, 2017.
The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in 15th century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be "out there," observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isnt the only one captivated by her free spirit, though the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies and its up to Quasimodo to save them all.
GPAS President, Eric Vaughn Johnson, reveals that this Disney production is dark and suggested for mature audiences. "It's not the children's Disney DVD version...more in line with the Victor Hugo classic." Johnson boasted this GPAS production has three professionals bringing multiple talents to the stage.
Janine Mercandetti (Greece Theatre Company Artistic Director) has an extensive professional career as an actress, singer, dancer, director and choreographer that has taken her to many cities in the USA, including New York City, Los Angelos, Chicago and now back to Rochester, NY. She earned her BFA in Acting from the Goodman School of Drama conservatory acting program at DePaul University and studied classical voice at the Eastman School of Music.
Yunjin Audrey Kim (Vocal and Music Director) has served as music director and collaborative pianist for organizations including the Rochester Association of Performing Arts (RAPA), James Madison University and local school districts. She holds a Master's degree in Vocal Performance and Literature from Eastman School of Music.
Mandi Lynn Griffith-Gurell (Choreographer) holds a BFA in Dance from SUNY Brockport with a Choreography specialty. She owned and directed a local dance studio for 12 years and now choreographs productions throughout Rochester.
The cast is made up of 19 strong, local adult performers from around Monroe County. Additionally, the Greece Choral Society will be performing alongside the cast. The 40-person choral group will be acting as the church choir giving extra sound for the extravagant musical-score.
Leading the cast is Dylan DeGeorge (Quasimodo). DeGeorge lives in the Finger Lakes area and has performed in Bristol Valley Theatre and Theatre444 in Geneva, NY. His performance credits have included The Little Shop of Horrors (Seymour), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Chip), Into the Woods (The Baker) and Spring Awakening (Moritz).
Steve Valvano (Claude Frollo), a Churchville resident, has performed in many productions throughout the region including some of his favorites: Fiddler on the Roof (Tevye), Miracle on 34th Street (Kris Kringle), Les Miserables(Thenerdier), The Producers (Bialystock), The Fantastics (El Gallo), Beauty and The Beast (Maurice/Cogsworth), The Music Man (Marcellus/Mayor Shinn), Annie (Rooster), and West Side Story (Doc).
Nicholas D. Rogers (Chopin Trouillefour / Ensemble) Rogers has performed on Rochester stages at Blackfriars Theatre in Assassins (Charles Guiteau), Violet (Virgil/Earl/Ensemble), Sunset Boulevard (Demille/Ensemble), An Evening of Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tom Foolery, The Who's Tommy (Uncle Ernie), Jacques Brel Is Alive and Well and Living in Paris, Gorey Stories (Harold) and A New Brain (Richard). Rogers also has performance credits at the JCC CenterStage in Titanic (J Bruce Ismay) and Parade (Judge Roan). Additional Rochester credits include: #theskinnyinside at the Rochester Fringe Festival 2014.
Kit Prelewitz (Esmeralda) resides in Henrietta, NY. She has been acting since age 12 and today holds a BFA in Musical Theatre from Nazareth College. Prelewitz has been seen in 9 to 5 (Judy Bernly), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Pepa Marcos), Austens Pride (Kitty Bennet / Georgianna Darcy), Carousel (Julie Jordan), Heathers: The Musical (Veronica Sawyer) and The Wild Party (Mae).
Rounding out the cast will be Carl Del Buono (Phoebus), Jason Rugg (Jehan Frollo / Ensemble), Eric Williamson (Saint Aphrodisius / Ensemble), Holly Lowden (Florika / Ensemble), Jeff Clair (Father Dupin / Ensemble), Kyle Critelli (Lieutenant Frederic Charlus / Ensemble), Lance Hoffman (King Louis XI / Ensemble), Joseph Badasacco (Tribunal Officer / Ensemble), Jessica Ames (Madame de Lys / Ensemble), Mandi Lynn Griffith-Gurell (Ensemble), Tina Hoffman (Ensemble), Timothy Hucks (Ensemble), Stephanie Paige Moulton (Ensemble), Drew Smith(Ensemble), and Emily Beseau (Ensemble).
The Hunchback of Notre Dame performance dates include Friday, October 20 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, October 21 at 7:30 pm; Sunday, October 22 at 6 pm; Thursday, October 26 at 7:30 pm; Friday, October 27 at 7:30 pm; Saturday, October 28 at 7:30 pm; and Sunday, October 29 at 6 pm. Tickets are available online, at all area Wegmans, and at the door. Tickets are $25 for adults and $22 for seniors and students. For more information visit www.GreecePerformingArts.org, follow GPAS on Facebook or call the GPAS Hotline at (585) 234-5636.
Recommended for ages 12 & up.
Rochester Lyric Theatre (View)
440 East Avenue
Rochester, NY 14607
|Minimum Age: 12|
|Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!|