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Hunchback of Notre Dame

Hunchback of Notre Dame

Hunchback of Notre Dame Musical

 This show premiered at the Backlot Theater on June 21, 1996 to coincide with the release of the animated film.  It was originally supposed to only run for a year, after which it was to be replaced by a Hercules show.  This never came to pass and the Hercules Zero to Hero Victory Parade debuted instead.  The Court of Miracles set was created with a mix of "found objects" by the gypsies.  Runway ramps allowed the audience to feel that they were a part of the story.   
 Clopin and the Gypsies used puppetry (gypsies turned their cloaks into the curtains for the puppets), illusion and music to tell the story of Quasimodo and his love for Esmerelda.  The gargoyles Victor, Hugo, and Laverne all made appearances, as well as Phoebus and the evil Judge Claude Frollo.  The goat Djali was portrayed by a marionette.  Matt Conover was the producer of the Florida version of the show.  The Disneyland version of this show was called The Hunchback of Notre Dame Festival of Fools and it was different from the musical in Florida.  
  Performances of this 30-minute musical started being cut back at the end of 2001.  Quasimodo was "Topsy Turvy" for the last time on September 28, 2002.  Many guests were fond of the juggler named Matt who performed as a warm up for the audience before the show began.  They will be happy to know that Matt can now sometimes be seen juggling at Disney's Boardwalk Resort.
Although this picture shows, a fully costumed Quasimodo, he did not wear a character mask in the show.

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