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AUDITION NOTICE: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Victor Hugo's masterpiece adapted for the stage by Tim Kelly.

Performances are October 3-13, 2024 at the Meridian Theatres at Centreponte

9th Hour is seeking performing artists to join the company and be part of the ensemble cast of the 2024 production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Those auditioning should enjoy or be open to working in a style of physical ensemble theatre, singing chorally, engaging the imagination, and exploring the story's themes and ideas. More about the company



PRODUCTION SCHEDULE

Rehearsals will be held in a central neighbourhood of Ottawa, Mondays and Wednesdays (5:45pm-10:00pm) in May, June, and August (no rehearsals in July), and on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays (5:45pm-10:00pm) in September leading up to performances. NOTE: There are no rehearsals on the statutory holiday Mondays of August 5 & September 2.


Technical and dress rehearsals will be held at the Meridian Theatres at Centerpointe on Tuesday, October 1 (1:00pm-10:00pm) and Wednesday, October 2 (1:00pm-10:00pm) with performances in the evenings of October 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 10, 11 & 12 and the afternoons of October 5, 6, 12 & 13. NOTE: Two weekday afternoons in October will be required as outlined above. Those auditioning should come with full knowledge of their schedule and the ability to commit to the full production schedule.


CASTING REQUIREMENTS

All are welcome to apply for an audition over the age of 14. Due to the nature of the company's theatre style and the broad range of characters in this fantastical story, a wide spectrum of performing artists that best reflect society as much as possible is desired, including all racial and religious backgrounds, ages, abilities, and genders. The company is keen to work with talented performing artists of all levels of experience. Any experience and skill in playing an instrument, singing, movement, dance, puppetry, juggling, acrobatics, and physical or ensemble theatre, are all assets. Please indicate special skills when applying.


The story will be told in the style of ensemble theatre, however some of the specific roles are: DOM CLAUDE FROLLO (senior priest), OLD SIMONE (mysterious lady), FRA MICHAEL (junior priest), PIERRE GRINGOIRE (poet and playwright), CLOPIN TROUILLEFOU (king of beggars), ELIZABETH (Clopin's wife), QUASIMODO (bell-ringer of Notre Dame), ESMERELDA (whom they call a "gypsy"), PHEOBUS (captain of the guard), HENRIETTE (a beggar), BARBEDIENNE (a judge), and YVONNE (an innkeeper). NOTE: This is not the Disney musical.


COMPENSATION

Artists will be engaged under a contractual agreement with 9th Hour Theatre Company and paid a fee for involvement in the production, upon completion of performances in October.

NOTE: Artists who are members of the Canadian Actors' Equity Association (CAEA) or any other association that has a reciprocal agreement with the CAEA, will not be engaged for this production, but are still welcome to audition if they choose.

AUDITION INFORMATION

Auditions will be held Sunday, March 24th between 1:00pm and 8:00pm at the Meridian Theatres at Centrepointe by appointment only. Auditions are conducted in a group format. Artists auditioning should be prepared to participate in physical, ensemble, and vocal exercises, choral singing, as well as scene exploration. To book an audition, please email info@9th-hour.ca with performance C.V. or relevant theatre experience, and recent head shot. NOTE: While all applications will be reviewed and considered, only those selected to audition will be contacted.

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