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Editor’s note: Announcement coincides with “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” Feast of Fools Day 
(also known as Topsy Turvy Day), a festival celebrated in both the Disney animated feature and the stage production.
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Eric Antey
Director, Summer Musical Program

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Warrick Summer Musical announces Disney musical 
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” as 2018 show

Musical combines themes from animated feature and original novel

NEWBURGH, Ind. (JAN. 6, 2018) – Celebrating the Feast of Fools and Topsy Turvy Day from the Disney animated feature, the Warrick County School Corporation and Warrick Public Education foundation announces “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” as the 22nd Warrick County Summer Musical. Making local history as the first area organization to present the show, the Warrick production of this well-known story will be presented live on stage July 19 through July 22. The musical features the well-known songs from the Disney animated feature combined with a refreshed retelling of the classic Victor Hugo novel.

“Although this is a Disney musical, the underlying attention paid to the Victor Hugo novel gives this show a really deep and powerful message,” said Eric Antey, director and Castle High School theater teacher. “The changes from the animated feature makes this show very challenging in several aspects: acting, singing, dance, technical elements and music.” 

 “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” focuses on the timeless stories of love, acceptance and confronting adversity. With new songs from Alan Menken (“Beauty and the Beast,” “Little Mermaid,” “Aladdin,” “Newsies”) and Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Children of Eden”), the story audiences know and love connects the deeper, darker pieces of the Hugo novel with the majestic score of the Disney animated feature. 

Confronted with the question “what makes a monster and what makes a man?,” this heart-warming and tear-jerking tale examines the challenges of Quasimodo’s deformity and disability through the eyes of hatred, misunderstanding, acceptance, and most of all love. His adversity is overcome through the most-unsuspecting sources, the outcasts.

“The themes of the show are very timely. We want to approach it with a focus on acceptance and understanding,” Antey said. “The story is deep and parts of the stage version are very dark and intended for a mature theatre audience.”

Auditions will be held April 3 and 4 at Castle High School in Newburgh. Callbacks are April 5. Audition materials will be posted on the Warrick Musical website by the end of February.

“The show is designed with a large ensemble, in fact, as large as we want to make it,” Antey said. “We can include more student performers, orchestra members and crew with this production.”

The Warrick Summer Musical is a partnership of Warrick Public Education Foundation and the Warrick County School Corporation. Sponsors and advertisers are needed for the Warrick County Summer Musical. Information is available on the website at http://www.warrickmusical.org. Information about the Warrick Public Education Foundation can be found at http://www.WarrickPEF.com. Media sponsorship includes WIKY radio and WEHT/WTVW television and TriStateHomepage.com. Ticket information and additional on-sale information will be provided in June, approximately one month prior to the show.

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME. Music by Alan Menken. Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz. Book by Peter Parnell. Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film. Originally developed by Disney Theatrical Productions. THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. http://www.MTIShows.com.

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Warrick County Summer Musical

The Warrick County Summer Musical program began in 1997 and begins its 22nd show in 2018. The show is a production and presentation of the Warrick Public Education Foundation and the Warrick County School Corporation. Major funding comes from the annual WPEF Golf Scramble and show advertising and sponsorship.

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