Kemptville Youth Musical Theatre Company, in conjunction with the North Grenville Concert Choir, presents: “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” on April 14,15, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28 and 29 at the Urbandale Arts Centre in Kemptville.

KYMTC is in its 17th year, and is presenting “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” with a stellar cast of 36 youth and a choir of 33 adults from NGCC. This musical comes from the Academy Award-winning team’s lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s epic story of love, acceptance, and what it means to be a hero.

The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris (NGCC as the cathedral choir). Quasimodo (Carley Freed), the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There,” observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools led by Clopin (Pyper Johnston). Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo (James Casselman), Quasimodo escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda (Azaria Shams).

Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit. The handsome Captain Phoebus (Rowan Mohammed) and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

A sweeping score and powerful story make The Hunchback of Notre Dame an instant classic. Audiences will be swept away by the magic of this truly unforgettable musical. Tickets are $16 online and $15 from a cast member, at the door or at Scotiabank, Kemptville. Shows are April 14 at 7:30 pm, and 15 at 2 pm; April 20 and 21 at 7:30 pm, and 22 at 2 pm; April 27 and 28 at 7:30 pm; and 29 at 2 pm. For information please go to www.kymtc.org and www.ngcc.net.

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