Victor Hugo’s famous French Gothic novel – The Hunchback of Notre Dame – was first published in 1831, and has since become a classic tale. When Disney adapted the book into a feature-length animated film in 1996, the story’s popularity soared to new heights. Major theater productions soon followed, which brought the epic story to an even wider audience. If you’re interested in engrossing fiction with thought-provoking themes and plenty of heartwarming moments, you’re sure to enjoy watching The Hunchback of Notre Dame live on stage. This summer and fall, Utah’s Tuacahn Amphitheater will feature The Hunchback of Notre Dame on stage. If you’ve only viewed the animated movie or haven’t read Hugo’s novel, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to see the many intriguing themes contained within the stage version.
Tuacahn is the ideal setting to help this story come alive. As the stage is transformed into 15th century Paris, the protagonist Quasimodo makes his first striking entrance. The story of the misunderstood and maligned bell ringer is touching, and his triumph in the face of cruel treatment is a lesson for us all. Equally enthralling is the gorgeous gypsy Esmeralda, one of the few to show Quasimodo kindness. Together, they embark on a quest to save her people and finally allow Quasimodo the chance to go “out there” instead of staying captive in a bell tower. This musical is one you simply have to see and experience at least once in your lifetime, and the perfect opportunity to do so starts July 29, 2016.
The show runs at the Tuacahn from July 29 through October 15, 2016. Showtimes vary, and ticket prices start at $30. You can buy your tickets online or at the box office, but it’s best to do so in advance — this is a popular musical that usually sells out quickly. While the Disney movie is great for kids of all ages to watch, the stage production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame reveals more of the mature themes from Victor Hugo’s novel, so it’s best to use your discretion before bringing younger children to the performance. If you’re a lover of fine storytelling, don’t miss the chance to see The Hunchback of Notre Dame at the Tuacahn Amphitheater.