Capital City Theatre presents:
The Hunchback of Notre Dame
Music by Alan Menken
Lyrics by Stephen Schwartz
Book by Peter Parnell
Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the Disney film
Director: Brian Cowing
Musical Director: Andrew Abrams
June 1-3, 2018
Capitol Theater – Overture Center for the Arts
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. 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 his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins 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.
Quasimodo – Julian Decker*
Broadway: Revival of Sunset Boulevard (Myron/Choreographer), Revival Les Miserables (Joly). Regional: Ragtime (Younger Brother); Ogunquit Playhouse, Hunchback of Notre Dame (Quasimodo u/s; La Jolla and Papermill Playhouse), Hunchback of Notre Dame (Quasimodo; Tuacahn), Bye Bye Birdie (Hugo Peabody; The Muny), Singin’ In The Rain, Les Miserables, Hello Dolly (The Muny). Thank you to the entire Capital City team for this opportunity. This story is dedicated to all of the outcasts in the world. Proud graduate of CCM’s class of 2014. Love to DGRW, D and J, and Katie! @jujdecker
Esmeralda – Syndee Winters*
Syndee Winters is thrilled to be playing Esmeralda at Capital City Theatre. Some Broadway credits include her dream role, Nala, in Disney’s The Lion King. She has traveled North America performing the role, receiving a Denver Center Ovation Nomination. She portrayed Motown Legend, Ms. Diana Ross in Motown the Musical, along with performing in the revival production of Pippin on Broadway as The Leading Player, a role originally made famous by Ben Vereen. Syndee’s most recent roles on Broadway were in the biggest musical in American History, Hamilton; playing the roles of Eliza, Angelica & Peggy Schuyler. She was last seen playing an Apostle on the NBC Live broadcast of Jesus Christ Superstar, alongside John Legend, Sara Barrielles, and Alice Cooper.
Syndee’s latest writing project celebrates the life of American Icon, Lena Horne, in a one-woman play with music entitled, LENA: A Moment with a Lady. Through words and music, “Lena,” portrayed by Syndee Winters, attempts to relate the most pivotal personal and professional moments in her life. On a mission to share the truth, she unexpectedly opens the emotional crevices that have eluded her for years.
In her spare time Syndee is passionate about working with young people. She makes time to teach master- classes, workshops and private lessons to young artists. “It’s crucial to affect possibility into a young person’s life. I’ve had many people influence my journey, and it has made me the person that I am today.”
Frollo – Ryan Knowles*
Ryan Knowles is stoked to be performing in Wisconsin once again. Recently he appeared in the off-Broadway premier of Bulldozer: The Ballad of Robert Moses. Ryan originated the role of “Buddy” in the world tour of We Will Rock You, the Queen musical. Other tours include How The Grinch Stole Christmas and Todrick Hall’s OZ: The Musical. He has performed with the Rockettes at Radio City Music Hall. Off-Broadway shows include NEWSical The Musical, What Do Critics Know?, Caligula Maximus, Tempest: The Musical, and Fools In Love. Ryan created the role of “Mister” in For The Record’s newest live immersive theatrical event, The Brat Pack. Regionally he has appeared as “Satan” in I Hate Musicals: The Musical (CT), “The Dentist” in Little Shop of Horrors (WI), and “The Genie” in Disney’s Aladdin (CA). Additionally, Ryan wrote and performed his own award-winning off-Broadway solo show, Dig & Be Dug: The Gospel of Lord Buckley. On TV, he was the host of Nickelodeon’s daily live program Me:TV. Ryan is a proud member of Actors’ Equity.
Clopin – Hassan Nazari-Robati
Hassan Nazari-Robati is excited to be making his Capital City Theatre debut! Most recently Hassan was seen in the world premiere of The Q Brothers Collective’s Ms. Estrada with The Flea Theater in New York City. Other favorite credits: National/International Tours— Disney’s Beauty and the Beast (Lumiere);
Regional—The Palace Theatre: Oliver! (Fagin), Prather Entertainment: Jesus Christ Superstar (Herod), Summerstock Productions: The King and I (The King). All the thanks to Brian, Andrew, and everyone at Capital City for the amazing opportunity! Love to my family for their endless support!
Captain Phoebus de Martin – Travis Leland
∗ Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the union of professional actors and stage managers in the United States.
Gail Becker is a seasoned musical theater artist, music director, and voice teacher from Chicago now living in Madison. Performing credits include – National Tour: Babes in Toyland. Chicago: High Society, Chicago, Sunday in the Park with George, Merrily We Roll Along, Pirates of Penzance. Madison: Mezeppa in Gypsy with Capital City Theatre, Mae in Tuck Everlasting (regional premiere), James and the Giant Peach, Aladdin and A Christmas Carol with CTM, Into the Woods with Middleton Players, Sweeney Todd, Dead Man Walking, and many others with Madison Opera, HMS Pinafore with Madison Savoyards, American Songwriters (Gershwin, Cole Porter,) and Marin Mazzie and Jason Danieley In Concert with Four Seasons Theatre. Gail works independently as a music director and voice instructor. She is the Director of Education for Capital City Theatre, and also directs the Tommy Ensemble through Overture Center. Learn more at www.gailbeckertalent.com and www.gailbeckerstudio.com.
Alec Brown was most recently seen on stage performing with University Opera (UW-Madison) in A Kurt Weill Cabaret. Since moving to Madison, Alec has developed a relationship with Madison Savoyards and has sung with them in their cabarets as well as Ralph Rackstraw in HMS Pinafore last August. Other credits from his time in Madison include Peter Quint in Turn of the Screw (University Opera) and featured soloist with the Madison Bach Musicians. Before moving to Madison, Alec lived in Dayton, OH, and worked regularly with the opera and theatre communities. Credits include Dead Man Walking, The Pearl Fishers and Tosca (Dayton Opera); Once Upon A Mattress and bare: a pop opera (University of Dayton Main Stage). Alec received a Daytony award for his performance as Peter Simmons in bare and an Irene Ryan acting nomination. Alec has enjoyed his work on stage and behind the scenes from stage managing for University Opera (UW-Madison) and directing and producing for the White Box Theatre Festival in Dayton, OH. Alec earned his Bachelor in Music Performance from The University of Dayton and his voice teachers include Meredith Smith, David Sievers and Jim Doing.
Megan Cullen is so thankful for this fun opportunity to work with her very talented friends and reconnect with her long-lost creative passion. Past Madison credits include work with Madison Opera and Four Seasons Theatre. Megan holds degrees in vocal performance, dance and counseling psychology; she is also an avid yogi and licensed psychotherapist. Thanks to Andy, Brian and Gail for convincing me get back in the saddle!
Zachary Dean is ecstatic to be back in Madison making his debut with Capital City Theatre! A Milwaukee based actor; Zachary has worked with companies such as Milwaukee Opera Theatre, Theater RED, Music Theatre of Madison, Boulevard Theatre, Windfall Theatre, Off the Wall Theatre, Sunset Playhouse, and many more. Memorable roles and performances include: Pseudolus in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum, Uncle Fester in The Adams Family Musical, Miss Forcible/Other Miss Forcible in Coraline The Musical, Moonface Martin in Anything Goes, James Wilson in 1776, Martin Van Buren in Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and many more. Up next Zachary will be joining the cast of King Lear with Optimist Theatre Shakespeare in the Park in Milwaukee. Thank you for joining us and enjoy the show! www.zacharydean.com
Lydia Rose Eiche – Praised for her “pinpoint security,” “handsome tone,” and “impressive purity,” the “dazzlingly appealing” Lydia Rose Eiche has sung as a soloist with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra and in opera productions at the University of Wisconsin and Southern Illinois University. Her roles include Zerlina in Don Giovanni, Dalinda in Handel’s Ariodante, and the title role in John Duke’s comic one-act Captain Lovelock. In addition, she sang Susanna in Le Nozze di Figaro at Opera Orvieto, in Italy and the Miami Music Festival. Lydia is currently studying at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music with Marlee Sabo. www.lydiaroseeiche.com
Chris Fuglestad is thrilled to be making his CCT and Overture Center debut! Theatre credits: South Pacific (Lt. Joseph Cable, St. Norbert College Music Theatre), Ragtime (Ensemble, Middleton Players Theatre), Man of La Mancha (Juan/Gypsy/Knight, St. Norbert College Music Theatre), The Phantom of the Opera (Jeweler/Chorus, St. Norbert College Music Theatre), Landscape of the Body (Lt. Hollahan, University of Oregon), Pride & Prejudice (Mr. Gardiner, University of Oregon), and Rock of Ages (Ensemble, OUT!Cast/Madison Theatre Guild), among many others. Film: Des Etoiles (AlloCiné, 2013, France). Thanks to his family for their constant support in all his endeavors.
Sam Galvin is thrilled to join the cast of Hunchback for his first show with Capital City Theatre. Sam has participated in CCT’s Find Your Light program for the past three years. Sam recently played Hugo in the regional premiere of Tuck Everlasting with CTM. He has also been a part of his school’s shows for the past 4 years playing multiple roles including Burt in Mary Poppins, Rolph in Sound of Music, and Barnaby Tucker in Hello Dolly. Sam would like to thank his parents and family, Gail Becker, and Andy Abrams for their constant support and guidance.
Robert A. Goderich is thrilled to be making is debut with CCT with such an amazing score as Hunchback. A veteran of the local Madison stage, Robert has been seen on stage with local companies like Madison Opera, Four Seasons Theatre, Music Theatre of Madison, VACT, and MPT just to name a few.
You may recognize him from such roles as: Pirelli (Sweeney Todd) with Madison Opera, Skylight Music Theatre, and Cover with San Francisco Opera, Sir Bedevere (Spamalot), Migaldi (Evita), John (Miss Saigon), Bellamy (The Fantasticks), Grantier/Bambatabois (Les Mis) with Four Seasons Theatre, Spalanzani (The Tales of Hoffmann) with Madison Opera, Albin/Zaza (La Cage) with MTM, Beast (Beauty & the Beast) with VACT, Mary Sunshine (Chicago), Rapunzel’s Prince (Into the Woods) with MPT. Upcoming you will see him as Beadle Bamford (Sweeney Todd) with MPT, and singing Beppe (Pagliacci) with Madison Opera, in the fall. Thanks to mom, Lisha T and all my family and friends for the constant love and support! Luff you!
Originally from Wisconsin, Ethan Larsen is thrilled to be making his Capital City Theatre debut! New York: Sugar, Woman of the Year, Jane Eyre (Feinstein’s/54 Below), Harold Prince Benefit (Actors Fund Gala), Five Silver, Five Gold (Equity Library Theatre), Searching for Superman… (Times Square Arts Center) Regional: La Cage Aux Folles (Music Theatre of Madison) Fiddler on the Roof (Children’s Theatre of Madison) Fiery Night: A New Musical (Bay Street Theater) Other Credits: Cats (Macavity/Alonzo), Les Miserables, Guys & Dolls, Legally Blonde, Fugitive Songs. BA: University of Wisconsin – Madison.
Ross Bloedorn – Ross is excited to be making his Capital City Theatre debut! A Wisconsin native originally, Ross studied at Interlochen Arts Academy for a period of time before moving to Ohio to pursue a college education in the arts. Ross is now a rising senior at Wright State University’s BFA Musical Theatre program. Some of his most recent shows have been Big Love(Constantine), The Beauty and the Beast(Gaston), King Lear(Edgar), andFirst in Flight, A new musical where he originated the role of Wilbur Wright. A special thank you to all my educators, and family members for their constant support.
Hayley Pickess – Hayley is ecstatic to be making her Capital City Theatre debut! A Toronto native, Hayley is a recent Musical Theatre graduate of Oklahoma City University. Some favorite performance credits include Ragtime, Into the Woods, Anything Goes, Nine, and Little Shop of Horrors. Gratitude to the full CCM team for this spectacular opportunity and thank you to her family for their endless support.
Theresa Renee is thrilled to be making her Madison debut in this beautiful show. Having spent the last several years working for various theatres on the east coast and Chicago, she is happy to be putting down roots here with her husband and baby boy. Recent credits include Off-Broadway: Angelina Ballerina The Musical (Angelina), Regional: Peter Pan (Wendy), Oklahoma (Laurey), Fiddler On The Roof (Hodel), Mary Poppins (Valentine/ Mary Poppins u/s), Bare: A Pop Opera (Diane), Singin’ In The Rain, George M!, Once Upon A Mattress, Hello Dolly, Mame and Will Rogers Follies. Much love to Dan and Teddy.
Amanda Rodriguez is thrilled to be making her Capital City Theatre debut! An avid performer, Amanda has performed on stages throughout Wisconsin. She was most recently seen on the Children’s Theater of Madison stage as Fly in their production of Diary of a Worm, a Spider and a Fly. Prior to that, Amanda has enjoyed performing at The Armory and The Palace Theater where she earned a BroadwayWorld Madison nomination for Best Actress in a Musical for her work as the title role in Cinderella. Notable credits include: Our Town (Emily Webb), Avenue Q (Kate Monster/Lucy the Slut), Pinkalicious: The Musical (Pinkalicious), Spring Awakening (Wendla), Next to Normal (Natalie). She thanks her family and friends for their continual love and support! www.theotheramandarodriguez.com
Vanessa Schroeder-Weber is stoked to be making her Capital City Theatre debut in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. She earned her BA in Music Theatre from Carthage College and MM in Vocal Performance from UW-Milwaukee. Past role highlights include: Velma Kelly (Chicago), Lucia (Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown), Ginger (I Love a Piano), Belle (Beauty and the Beast), Inga (Young Frankenstein), and Mrs. Johnstone (Blood Brothers). Vanessa also works as a music director, choreographer, and teaching artist around the Milwaukee area. Thank you to family and friends for endless support. www.vanessaschroeder.com
Lizzie Snellings is so excited to make her CCT debut! Lizzie is a recent graduate of Oklahoma City University’s Music Theatre program. Previous Madison credits: Anne of Green Gables (CTM), Les Miserables (FST), South Pacific (FST), Bonnie & Clyde (MTM), The Glorious Ones (MTM). Many thanks to Brian, Andy, Gail, BH, and CCT for this wonderful opportunity.
Shea Thongnuam is thrilled to be back on stage after a three-year hiatus. He was last seen as The Engineer in Miss Saigon (MPT 2015). Other favorite credits include Rent, A Chorus Line, and Les Miserable. He would like to thank CCT for the opportunity. Shea is ecstatic to work with Brian Cowing for the first time since 2004 and Andrew Abrams for the first time since 2005. He thanks his friends and family for their support. Thank you for supporting local theatre!
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