Hunchback of Notre Dame at Fulton Theatre

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While Hunchback of Notre Dame takes place in 15th-century Paris, I actually associate the story with the 90s.

I first saw the animated Disney version when I was really young, like five or six years old, and my sister and I were OBSESSED with the gypsy Esmeralda. My sister was still a toddler and couldn’t say “Esmeralda” correctly (shocker), and the name usually came out almost incomprehensible when she tried to pronounce it. It was hilarious then, and I still laugh when I think about it.

Anyways, all that nostalgia was to say the story holds a special place in my heart, and The Fulton’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame was a fantastic trip down memory lane.

For those unfamiliar with the show, the story follows Notre Dame’s deformed bell-ringer Quasimodo (played here by Nathan Hackman) as he vies for the love of Esmeralda (Kalyn West), a beautiful gypsy who overlooks Quasimodo’s deformities and treats him with kindness and respect.

While the show’s theatrics entertain, the storyline also plucks your heartstrings and makes you think: what makes a monster and what makes a man?

Ultimately, the Hunchback asks us all to come out of our bell towers to make the world a better place.

With grand and ornate sets, soaring musical numbers, and Broadway quality performances, Hunchback is an incredible show.

It’s one of the largest productions to ever perform at the Fulton – there are 90 cast and chorus members – and the energy is contagious and mesmerizing.

Hackman gives a particularly stand-out performance, literally transforming before the audience’s eyes into the lovably hopeful Quasimodo. West is fantastic as Esmeralda, and both Travis Taylor (playing Phoebus, a handsome soldier who also falls for Esmeralda) and David Girolmo (playing Quasimodo’s evil caretaker Judge Claude Frollo) both shine in their roles.

The entire production is a stunning rendition– honestly, one of the best shows I’ve seen – and is worth making the trip to Lancaster to check out.

The Fulton is located in downtown Lancaster and is only a short walk away from some great bars and restaurants to visit before or after the show.

Now that it’s (finally) summer, check out the Park Bar at the Press Room. It’s one of my favorite spots to visit in the summer and has a great beer and cocktail menu. Their Moscow Mule is definitely worth a try, I think it’s one of the best in the city.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame runs through July 21. Buy tickets here.

Author: Hope

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