Saturday, August 05, 2006

School Play "Hunchback Of Notre Dame"


The Hunchback of Notre Dame

St. Michael’s Institution, Ipoh, marks its 45th year of drama tradition with the staging of Victor Hugo’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame. Aiming to entertain a more youthful audience, this play freely adapts Walt Disney’s lighter tone version.
The story is set in 15th century Paris, where Clopin the puppeteer tells the story of Quasimodo, the misshapen gentle-soul bell ringer of Notre Dame, who was nearly killed as a baby by Judge Frollo, the Minister of Justice. But Judge Frollo was forced to raise Quasimodo as his own. Now a young man, Quasimodo is hidden from the world by Judge Frollo in the bell tower of Notre Dame. But during the Festival of Fools, Quasimodo, cheered on by his gargoyle friends Victor, Hugo, and Laverne, decides to take part in the festivities, where he meets the lively gypsy girl Esmeralda and the handsome Captain of the Guards, Phoebus. The three of them find themselves ranged against Frollo's cruelty and his attempts to destroy the home of the gypsies, the Court of Miracles.
Much can be learnt from the message of the play. Firstly, is on unconditional friendship and secondly, on the importance of discovering a person’s inner beauty.
The Hunchback of Notre Dame is directed by Corrinne Mah and the music director is Ling Lidi. The Principal of St. Michael’s Institution, Mr Phoon Chong Chee, together with the staff of the school contributed to the success of putting up this play. This play too gains strong support from the Old Michaelian Association chaired by Mr. Adrian Tsen.
27 talented students, mainly 6th formers, head the cast. 12 musicians provide the musical elements of this performance. The production team consisting of stage crew, AVA Team, artists, wardrobe assistants and make up assistants, too play a crucial role in this production.
Besides continuing the school’s grand drama tradition, the production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame hopes to raise funds for the renovation of the school’s main block roof.
The performance will be staged on 18, 19 and 20 of August. Tickets are priced at RM 20 and RM 50. For further information, please contact 05- 2540418.

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