The Mauldin Theatre Company will kick off its 2023-2024 season with the sweeping, grand-scale musical “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” from Sept. 21 through Oct. 1 at the Mauldin Cultural Center auditorium. Based on Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel and songs from the 1996 Disney film, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” is the biggest show the Mauldin Theatre Company has ever produced in terms of set, lighting, effects, music and cast, with 24 cast members and several members of the Mauldin City Singers.
“With this being my first full season, I knew I wanted to open with something really special and tell a different story on our stage,” said Director/Choreographer Kristofer Parker, who is also the Mauldin Cultural Center’s Production & Theatre Coordinator. “I pinch myself at every rehearsal listening to the cast sing this beautiful score and think, ‘wow, we’re really doing Hunchback!’ The show really takes audience members on an emotional and relatable journey.”
Show times are as follows:
Thursday, Sept. 21 – Saturday, Sept. 23 | 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Sept. 24 | 2 p.m.
Thursday, Sept. 28 – Saturday, Sept. 30 | 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, Oct. 1 | 2 p.m.
The show runs for 2 hours and 15 minutes, with one 15-minute intermission, and has haze/fog effects and strobe lights. Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students, seniors and members of the military and can be purchased here.
The show features Music Director Holly Caprell and Choir Director Pam Mayfield and stars Drew Kenyon, Griffin Lewis, Laura Lim and Andrew Mullin.
The Mauldin Cultural Center auditorium offers wheelchair-accessible seating and is located at 101 E. Butler Rd.
About the show
What makes a monster and what makes a man? This is the central theme of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” a classic musical from Disney Theatrical. Based on the 1996 Disney film and Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” tells the story of Quasimodo, the hunchback bell-ringer of Notre Dame, and his desire to one day be a part of the outside world. When he summons the courage to attend the Feast of Fools, he meets Esmeralda, a compassionate gypsy who protects him from an angry mob. At the same time, Quasimodo’s master, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, and the new captain of the guard, Phoebus de Martin, fall in love with Esmeralda. Adding to Quasimodo’s struggle is his punishment and derision from Frollo and the danger posed by the gypsies, who are willing to kill any outsiders who venture into their secret hideout. Before Paris is burned to the ground, will Quasimodo be able to save Esmeralda from Frollo’s lust and anger? Will she return Quasimodo’s affection? Who is the true monster of Notre Dame?
More information on “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” at the Mauldin Cultural Center is available here.