Happiness, Sadness, Love, and Hatred..
Despite their differences, these are all emotions that, as an audience member, mean one thing. You’ve just experienced a masterpiece of a performance. And I’m here to tell you, that is exactly what you will find in Next Generation Theater’s Midwest Premiere performances of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”. In this darkened reincarnation of the original Disney classic, you will witness many mixed feelings, brought upon by a truly tremendous all around performance that makes this a MUST SEE!
Greeted by an amazing and elaborate multi-tiered set, designed by Brian Ebbinghaus, it doesn’t take long to get the impression that Next Gen knows what they’re doing. And as soon as the lights went down, that impression never wore off. From having a minimum of technical difficulties, to the beautiful set, and orchestra, directed by Adam Grun, Next Gen already had a show before they even had a cast!
That, of course, is not to say anything short of the outstanding acting performances that were on display in this show. A stacked cast led by Riley Dunn (Quasimodo) time after time impressed me with their powerful singing voices. This accompanied with their perfect execution of a very well-choreographed show, thanks to Joe Alway-Baker. Not to mention the emotion conveyed in such a deep way. It will make you forget you’re watching this on a stage, as opposed to real life.
To top it all off, the part of this performance that surprised me the most was the large chorus. This group is hands down the most powerful chorus I have ever seen live. With the ability and man power to push out deep, full harmonies that just leave you in shock, they didn’t hold back. The chorus in some spots stole the show (in a good way) and completed Next Gen’s Masterpiece.
The cast and crew of “Hunchback of Notre Dame” are so ready to bring the Midwest Premiere to life for you and they are starting tonight. This is not a show you will want to miss. Make time to go see the show August 25-26 or September 1-2 at 7:00 pm. They also have matinee performances on August 26 or September 2 at 2:00 pm. Get your tickets now by clicking here! The price range for tickets is $10-$18.
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FEATURE IMAGE CREDIT: Joe Alway-Baker