When Art Resembles Life: Exploring the Themes of ‘The Hunchback Of Notre Dame’

Floyd Central High School (Floyds Knobs, IN) - THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME

My decision to produce The Hunchback of Notre Dame with my students was driven as much by the life lessons they could learn from the story as it was by the opportunity it would give them to grow as artists. I consider it my responsibility to develop my students into empathetic and thoughtful young people Read More

How To Make Mary Poppins Fly


One of Mary Poppins’s mysterious and fascinating qualities is her ability to fly using her parrot-handled umbrella. There are many theatrical ways to achieve this that do not require hiring flying specialists, rigging wires, or breaking the budget. Remember, flying can be symbolic; there’s no need to be literal. Let’s explore!   “There are an endless Read More

The Benefits of Expanding ‘Peter and the Starcatcher’ For A Large Cast

"PETER AND THE STARCATCHER is a celebration of the magic of theater." -Eric McNaughton

I’m the Theater Director at Marist School in Atlanta, Georgia. We recently produced Peter and the Starcatcher. It’s a show written to be performed by about a dozen actors. We did it with 49. On purpose. Marist School (Atlanta, GA)   First, a little background: Our school produces about 4 shows per year for grades Read More

Hellfire to Heaven’s Light: Creating a Dynamic Sound in The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Appleton North High School (Appleton, WI) - THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME show photo

When the Disney animated film The Hunchback of Notre Dame premiered in 1996, its score was hailed by critics as some of the best work by composer Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Twenty years later, Menken and Schwartz returned to their score and expanded it for the stage, this time bringing it closer to the Read More

5 Ways to Use Theatre to Engage Your Entire School Community

In the collaborative art of musical theater, there truly is a part for everyone! While not every student enjoys tap dancing and singing solos, theater can appeal to all types of learners and engage a variety of skills. Because of its collaborative nature, your musical is a fantastic way to bring a community together. Here Read More

‘Hunchback Of Notre Dame’ Production Handbook Annotated Bibliography

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME Annotated Bibliography

Below is a list of resources to get you and your cast started in exploring the world of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Consider encouraging your actors and designers to do further research on the topics they are most interested in or that best relate to their characters or roles in the production.   Catholicism Read More