Sidcup Operatic Society are excited to announce the details for our next production Quasimodo. It will be performed at the Bob Hope Theatre, April 25-28.

For this show, the key is to have as many people as possible from all kinds of backgrounds, especially families as it is the famous story with a musical similarity to Les Miserables. Not only are there loads of chances to sing, there are lots of dances for those who want to.

Auditions; Sunday 19 November 2017 1.45pm-4.30pm Carlton Centre, Carlton Road,
Wednesday 22 November 2017 7.30 pm – 10.00 pm Rm 6 Hurst Community Centre, Hurst Road, Sidcup
Get to know the music on Friday 10 and 17 November 7.30pm – 10.00 pm Small Hall, Hurst Community Centre, Hurst Road, Sidcup.

Setting the scene
This exciting musical adaption of Victor Hugo’s epic tale of The Hunchback of Notre Dame is set amidst the fear, poverty and superstition of 15th Century France. Very much in the genre of Les Miserables, Paquette has a beautiful baby girl the result of her desperate decent into prostitution. A passing band of gypsies steal her child and leave behind a deformed baby boy in her place. Horrified local women believe this to be the work of the devil and fearfully call the local priest, Father Frollo for help. A distraught Paquette clings pathetically to her lost baby’s tiny slipper.
Twenty years later, Paris is celebrating the Feast of Fools Day by electing the King of Fools. Naturally, Quasimodo wins the competition and Esmeralda, a young gypsy dancer is persuaded to perform for him. Frollo intervenes in the spectacle but is overwhelmed by lust for the gypsy. A mad old nun, Sister Godule, abuses Esmeralda but is chased away by the crowd.
That night Esmeralda dreams of the glamorous hero she hopes to meet on day. During the night Frollo attempts to abduct her with the help of Quasimodo, his adopted son but her cries summon the Captain of the Guard, Pheobus. In the confusion Frollo escapes and Quasimodo is captured. Phoebus finds the tine slipper that Esmeralda has dropped and the scene is set.

Characters in order of appearance
All roles are singing.
Paquette: Ages from a young woman in her mid-twenties to a haggard embittered middle-aged nun, Sister Godule
Frollo: A kindly priest who falls from grace lusting after Esmeralda and who betrays her to the mob
Esmeralda: A beautiful young gypsy girl who falls foul of circumstances and all adults who are controlling her.
Quasimodo: A man with a horribly deformed face and a hunchback, the bell-ringer of Notre Dame Cathedral – the sound of the bells have deafened him.
Pheobus: a strong handsome soldier who is a practised seducer.
Fortune Teller (f): A manipulative gypsy woman
Judge: An upholder of the law, not a flexible thinker. He is deaf.
Paquette’s friend: A woman of Reims
Land Lady/Land Lord
Soldier
Chorus and dancers including small cameo roles of nuns/monks, Gypsy King, women (several), men (several), Barker, Clerk, Hangman, Guard.

Please get in touch if you have any questions of if you want to audition via email : sidcupoperatic@gmail.com.

Our Christmas concert will be held on December 10 at Carlton Centre, Carlton Road, Sidcup at 3pm. This year will be a programme of traditional carols and songs. Additionally we will have our bumper raffle including our hamper special and sales table. Tickets are £8 and available by calling 020 8301 2681.

Autumn 2018 we will be presenting a G&S Christmas Carol which is a fun take on a Christmas Carol featuring popular Gilbert and Sullivan music.

We are always looking for show suggestions and ideas so please get in touch if you have ideas for what we can do next!