From this you can get the scope the of the first act. The sets are very well done with lots of levels. I will say I’m a bit disappointed in the costumes but this production has lot of people to dress and chorus and dancer I’m sure have several costume changes so I’m will let that go.
This really does seem like an English version of Der Glockner von Notre Dame. They have Zuflcht (Sanctuary), Hoch uber der Welf (High above the World), and Esmeralda. I can’t help wondering what changes were made from Glockner to this musical version as this show was called collaboration between the school and Disney. So I while I’m not against an straight version I do hope that this version has its own spin to it.
First off, this is a high school performance so I’m not going to get into the singing or acting. I’ll just say what I find interesting and what I dislike. I will say that the singing is quite good in general .
This stage version seem to very similar to the german Der Glockner Von Notre Dame. Clopin doesn’t have a puppet, Frollo says that Quasimodo will hopefully “think like him” instead be of “use to him”, and Quasimodo sings “God Help the outcast.” Now I mention in my Glockner review that I hated that Quasimodo is shoe-horned into that song, depriving Esmeralda of her only solo song. But who knows, maybe she will this version, though I doubt it. My guess is that this show will follow the movie more than Der Glockner did. I can’t imagine a high school production killing Esmeralda but then again, I was in a High School production of Oliver Twist and Nancy dies, so maybe. Unlike Glockner “The Court of Miracle” remains in the show but I think it doesn’t work with a full chorus that is trying to sound pretty. It should have been a smaller group singing more roughly.
Now some nitpicks, Clopin is pronounce wrong. It’s not “Clo-pin”, It’s “Clo-pan”. Disney got it right but perhaps the kid was nervous. But did he call Phoebus “Edgerick”? I can’t respond to that? That is so wrong. Did they change the name and think no one would know? Who ever wrote shame. Edgerick? What kind of name is that? Maybe I miss heard that. Also, I personally don’t care for the chorus’ arm choreography. I get what they’re doing, it’s just silly. ‘
I hope the songs from Glockner are in the show mainly “Someday” and “Esmeralda.”
I can’t really review this since it’s a preview as I can’t see the full scope of the show and I really don’t like being overly critical to teenagers who can sing well.
If there a full version of play on youtube I will review it more in depth but as I live no where here Florida and lack the means to fly there I can’t see it live. But if you do, visit here from more info. And then tell me all about it ^_~