Casting is now complete for the 5th Avenue Theatre's upcoming staging of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Directed by Glenn Casale and choreographed by Dana Solimando, performances are scheduled for June 1–24.
As previously reported, Joshua Castille, seen on Broadway as Ernst in the Deaf West production of Spring Awakening, will play Quasimodo (who is Deaf in Victor Hugo’s literary masterpiece). Castille, who is Deaf, will use American Sign Language throughout his performance, while E.J. Cardona will be featured as Quasimodo’s “voice,” as well as one of the cathedral’s gargoyles.
Newly announced for the production are Dan’yelle Williamson as Esmeralda, Allen Fitzpatrick as Dom Claude Frollo, Brandon O’Neill as Phoebus, and Dane Stokinger as Clopin.
The ensemble includes Eric Ankrim, Kody Bringman, Kristin Burch, Jade Solomon Curtis, Candice Donehoo, Davione Gordon, Corinna Lapid Munter, Taylor Niemeyer, Richard Peacock, Zoe Raphael, Aaron Shanks, Greg Stone, Jordan Iosua Taylor, Carolyn Willems Van Dijk, and Matt Wolfe.
The Pacific Lutheran University Choral Union will serve as the 30-person choir.
The production will also have scenic design by Stephen Gifford, costumes based on the designs of Marcy Froehlich and coordinated by Cathy Hunt, lighting design by Jared Sayeg, sound design by Kevin Heard, hair and makeup design by Mary Pyanowski Jones, and fight direction by Cathan Bordyn.
There will be eight ASL-interpreted performances, in addition to one open-captioned performance and one audio-described performance.
“Ask anyone who’s ever been a part of a musical production and they’ll tell you that theater is meant for everyone,” said 5th Avenue Theatre Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry in an earlier statement. “It’s this very fact that makes it so exciting to be able to celebrate inclusivity in such an impactful way and welcome the Deaf and hard of hearing community with open arms. We are honored to have the opportunity to work with Joshua Castille on The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”
Tickets can be purchased at 5thAvenue.org, by phone at (206) 625-1900 or at the box office at 1308 5th Avenue in Downtown Seattle.
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