The Tully Arts Council brings the Disney classic “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” to life on stage.
The popular musical is a take on the classic tale by Victor Hugo. Set in 1482, the story follows Quasimodo, a deformed hunchback who has lived his whole life in the bell tower at the Notre Dame in Paris. The Archdeacon, Frollo, forbids him from going down into the world.
One day, Quasimodo decides to leave the bell tower and join a festival happening in the town where he meets Esmeralda, a gypsy, who is part of the outcast population. The theme of the show is hope for a better future for those who are labeled as outcasts and a journey for acceptance.
Eric Johnson plays the role of 'Frollo,' and said he's delighted to be part of the production. “There aren’t many roles for basses...but in Hunchback there is a great evil villain that is so much fun,” he added.
Carolyn Zobel is one of two actresses playing Esmeralda. She's thrilled to take on the role of an untraditional Disney character, she said. “Esmeralda is not a Disney Princess...She is so much stronger and hopeful,” she said.
Although many of the actors are from different areas across Central New York and beyond, they have all become friends throughout the process.
Darik Velez, plays Quasimodo and is staying in Tully for the summer even though he is originally from New Hampshire. Velez was eager to take on the role of Quasimodo. “I received a message from my cousin who lives in Tully saying that they were doing this production and he asked if I would do it,” he said. He played the role in New Hampshire prior to his time in Tully.
The Tully Arts Council 's production of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" opens on Friday, August 3rd at 7pm and continues on Saturday, August 4th at 7pm and Sunday, August 5th at 2pm. All performances will be at the Homer High School Auditorium at 80 S. West Street on Route 281. Tickets are available at the door for $10 each.