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Auditions Announced for THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at INNOVAtheatre

INNOV_logoINNOVAtheatre is excited to announce auditions for their upcoming musical THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME.

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney animated feature, THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME showcases the film’s Academy Award-nominated score, as well as new songs by Menken and Schwartz. Peter Parnell’s new book embraces story theatre and features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel.

The musical begins as the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in fifteenth-century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There,” observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools. Held captive by their devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, they escape for the day and they join the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit, though – the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies – and it’s up to Quasimodo to save them all.

Music: Alan Menken
Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz
Book: Peter Parnell
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film.

Presented by INNOVAtheatre
Directed by: Richard Lee Waldeck
Musical Direction by: Lori Topping & George Drewyor
Choreography by: Isadore Karrick

The Audition form can be found here – https://docs.google.com/document/d/11BtPSewgASnvfJlWiV2H5LNFc-H_-IoA/edit

The Sign up form can be found here –


  • Monday- June 12th • 7 pm
  • Tuesday- June 13th • 7 pm

Possible Callbacks: Wednesday- June 14th • 7 pm


  • Fri., August 25 • 8 pm
  • Sat., August 26 • 8 pm
  • Sun., August 27 • 3 pm
  • Fri., September 1 • 8 pm
  • Sat., September 2 • 8 pm
  • Sun., September 3 • 3 pm

The auditions will be closed so please make sure to sugn up for your audition slot. Walk ins will be taken on a open slot availability basis. Please prepare two contrasting musical theatre vocal selections that best shows off your voice. 16-32 bars ONLY. Bring sheet music in the appropriate key and clearly marked for the accompanist. Backing tracks are NOT allowed. Please no A cappella selections. You may be asked to sing your second selection or sing from the show. You may be asked to return to a callbacj on Wednesday. Please bring a resume and all known conflicts. Headshots are not required but are appreciated.

Auditions, rehearsals and performances will take place at The Sorg Opera House 63 South Main Street, Middletown, Ohio

The production will be presented with FULL live orchestra.

All roles are open and non union – non paid positions. For more information contact us at INNOVAtheatre@gmail.com


  • Claude Frollo: Archdeacon of Notre Dame Cathedral and the most powerful cleric in Paris, he is the reluctant caretaker of Quasimodo. He will do whatever it takes to rid the city of the gypsy “vermin,” even as he lusts after Esmeralda. Calculating, manipulative, and obsessive.
    Gender: Male / Age: 40 to 50
    Vocal range top: Bb4 / Vocal range bottom: E2
  • Jehan Frollo: Claude’s reckless younger brother. With the gypsy Florika, he fathers Quasimodo, who he leaves in his brother’s care. Wild, passionate, and strong-willed.
    Gender: Male / Age: 20 to 30
    Vocal range top: Eb5 / Vocal range bottom: F3
  • Florika: A gypsy and Quasimodo’s mother.
    Gender: Female / Age: 20 to 30
    Vocal range top: F#5 / Vocal range bottom: E4
  • Father Dupin: A priest of Notre Dame and Claude and Jehan’s guardian.
    Gender: Male / Age: 40 to 60
    Vocal range top: A3 / Vocal range bottom: C3
  • Quasimodo: The deformed bell-ringer of Notre Dame and Claude Frollo’s charge. Lonely and staunchly obedient to Frollo, They possess a vivid imagination that brings to life the bells and gargoyles of the cathedral. Despite their shyness and uncertainty, they quickly befriend Esmeralda. Big-hearted, and brave when need be.
    Gender: Male or Female Age: 20 to 30
    Vocal range top: Bb5 / Vocal range bottom: Bb2
  • Clopin Trouillefou: The clever and charismatic King of the Gypsies. An air of mystery surrounds Clopin, who often leaves the scene in a puff of smoke. As the master of ceremonies for the Feast of Fools, he is witty and playful, but he boasts a darker, serious nature when not performing for the crowd.
    Gender: Male / Age: 30 to 40
    Vocal range top: F#5 / Vocal range bottom: D3
  • Captain Phoebus de Martin: Returning to Paris after serving in the war, Phoebus takes up his new position as Captain of the Cathedral Guard. Overconfident yet charming, this handsome, strong soldier makes the ladies swoon, yet his moral compass is also strong, and he openly defies the corrupted Frollo.
    Gender: Male / Age: 25 to 40
    Vocal range top: Ab4 / Vocal range bottom: A2
  • Lieutenant Frederic Charlus: Lieutenant of the Cathedral Guard and loyal friend to Phoebus.
    Gender: Male / Age: 20 to 30
  • Esmeralda: A beautiful and free-spirited gypsy who possesses the strong sense of justice and morality that Frollo lacks. Compassionate, she frees Quasimodo from the frenzied mob at the Feast of Fools and, against her better judgment, falls for the cocky Phoebus.
    Gender: Female / Age: 20 to 30
    Vocal range top: D5 / Vocal range bottom: E3
  • King Louis XI: King of France, nicknamed the Prudent.
    Gender: Male / Age: 40 to 50
  • Tribunal: A judicial officer.
    Gender: Male / Age: 20 to 50
    Vocal range top: E4 / Vocal range bottom: G2
  • Madam: Owner of a brothel and safe haven for gypsies.
    Gender: Female / Age: 35 to 50
  • Saint Aphrodisius: A stained-glass image that comes to life.
    Gender: Male / Age: 30 to 50
    Vocal range top: E4 / Vocal range bottom: B3
  • Congregation: Gypsies, gargoyles, soldiers, and citizens of Paris.
    Gender: Both
    Age 14- 80
  • Choir
    Gender: Both

This production will be presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International.


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Cast Announced for BACK TO OUR ROOTS: A Cabaret at INNOVAtheatre

INNOV_logoINNOVAtheatre is thrilled to announce the cast of BACK TO OUR ROOTS: A Cabaret!

We had so much incredible talent come out and are so excited to work with these phenomenal artists!!! Please mark your calendars for July 1 to see them perform.

  • Laura Bay
  • Tanner Brown
  • Davis Byrd
  • Tamar Fishbein
  • MG Griffith
  • Spencer Jones
  • Jason S. Lakes
  • Jovone Lewis
  • Alisha McFarlane
  • Brandon Moore
  • Jeannine E. Parson
  • Jamie Pavlofsky
  • Abriella Ruby
  • Shelby Sansom
  • Krista Schaeffer
  • Denise Schnieders
  • Amber Todd
  • Richard Lee Waldeck
  • Hannah Wilkerson

For more information visit www.innovatheatre.com.

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Auditons Announced for BACK TO OUR ROOTS Cabaret at INNOVAtheatre

INNOV_logoIn conjunction with Pride month and in celebration of our mission statement, INNOVAtheatre is excited to announce auditions for our July 1 cabaret, BACK TO OUR ROOTS.

Auditions will take place at the Sorg Opera House on April 17 and 18, 2023, 7:00-9:30 PM. Please prepare 1 minute each of two musical theatre songs that you would like to sing for the cabaret which showcase your talent and how you embody INNOVAtheatre’s mission of inclusivity, diversity, and unexpected talent. Please fill out the Google Form prior to your audition at this link: https://tinyurl.com/INNOVA-Cabaret-2023

The directors will decide which song you will perform for the event. If you are using a track, please make sure it is edited to approximately one minute in length. If you want live piano accompaniment, bring your music clearly marked with cuts.

We will schedule one or two nights of rehearsal time for a group number for the finale of the show, “Raise You Up” from Kinky Boots, based on availability. There will also be two dress rehearsals on June 29 and June 30, half the soloists per evening. More rehearsals may be scheduled with individual singers if necessary. Please bring a list of conflicts to the audition.

We will also accept video audition submissions–please send your audition to INNOVAtheatre@gmail.com, with your name and song titles in the subject line.

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NEXT TO NORMAL Runs Feb. 16-19

Feb. 16-19
Sorg Opera House [Middletown]

Directed by Denise A Schnieders
Music directed by Norman A Moxley II

Cast: Cora Victoria Ceipek as Diana, Matthew Clifton as Dan, Marco Colant as Gabe, Nyx Berry as Natalie, Spencer Jones as Henry & Robert Rhodes as Dr. Madden

Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal will take you into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart.

  • Thu-Fri, Feb. 16-17 at 8pm
  • Sat, Feb. 18 at 3pm & 8pm
  • Sun, Feb. 19 at 3pm

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OF MEN AND CARS Runs Jan. 13-14

Jan. 13-14
Sorg Opera House [Middletown]

Directed by Don Campbell

Cast: Brian Laughlin as Dad, Chris Nelson as Jim, Sandy Coleman as Mom, Sasha Kozlova as Anna/Others, James Ball as Frankie/Others, Amber K. Todd as Girl next door/Others, Kevin Rife as Domonic/Others & John Coleman as Ensemble

Is a father-son relationship — viewed through the window of the family car. Written by Los Angeles playwright Jim Geoghan has been dubbed a “front porch play.” “It’s a rite-of-passage story, a sweet comedic “memory play”. Jim Geoghan, a seasoned playwright whose work has been commissioned by the Actor’s Theatre of Louisville, has received both Emmy and Drama Desk award nominations over the years. He has also written for Disney’s “Suite Life of Zach and Cody.” This play was based on his life and relationship with his own father.

  • Fri, Jan. 13 at 8pm
  • Sat, Jan 14 at 3pm & 8pm

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