FLOYDS KNOBS, Ind. (WHAS 11)-- It's Spring musical season in Kentuckiana. Reporter Jonathan Wahl is going backstage with schools to see just what it takes to pull off an impressive performance. Week after week we’ll be going to schools where you live to highlight the arts and the Kentuckiana’s talented youth. Our first stop takes us to Floyd Central High School as they get ready for The Hunchback of Notre Dame.
Before Quasimodo can swing onto the stage at Floyd County High School, a lot has to happen backstage.
“You’ve just got to have a system and stay organized,” explained stage manager Hannah Tarr. She and her classmates have been working during and after school for weeks to get the beautiful set ready for opening day.
“It’s so great to have been working on the show for so long and then opening night get to hear people who haven’t seen it before react to it because they’re always just so much more excited than you ever could have imagined and it’s so gratifying.”
Hannah’s job is complicated, there are tons of details that have to fall into place for the show to go on.
“If you want to fly it in, then you just pull on the rope closest to you and then you can see the bells coming in, and then to make it go out it’s the same thing, you just pull down on the other rope,” Hannah explained.
The days leading up to the show are busy. Every light has to be focused, and each fight scene has to be committed to muscle memory.
“It’s quite a bit different than the Disney films that people are used to,” said Robbie Steiner, director of theater arts. “It’s much closer to the themes of the novel. A little bit darker, but a beautiful, beautiful story and wonderful, wonderful music.”
He says this show has something new making it even more powerful.
“We are combining with our acapella choir, so we have 30 additional voices on stage, plus our regular ensemble and the sound is just gorgeous.”
The music is driving home a message that’s even stronger.
“Her relationship with Quasimodo is really special because even though he’s different than her, and he looks different and the other people in the town treat him poorly, she can see this kindness and love behind him that she can mirror back to him,” said Elizabeth Hallal. She plays the gypsy Esmeralda.
“For me, the hardest part of the production is portraying all of the emotions that Esmeralda has to deal with,” said Elizabeth.
But those emotions are something she wants people to see so that they can fully understand what drives her and her classmates. In a hallway behind the stage, there is a large poster that reads “We are doing this show because we want to be united in our acceptance of ourselves and those around us.”
“It’s just a beautiful story with beautiful music,” said Elizabeth.
If you’d like to see The Hunchback of Notre Dame, tickets range between $8 and $16. You can buy yours here.
Showtimes and dates are below:
Feb 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb 11 at 2:00 p.m.
Feb 16 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Feb 18 at 2:00 p.m.
Feb 18 at 7:00 p.m.