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Walt Disney World, Orlando, Florida - Disney's MGM Studios- Backlot Theater (Capacity: 1,500)
The Hunchback of Notre Dame - A Musical Adventure - Running time: 32 minutes
It opened on June 21st, 1996 and ran continually five times a day until September 28th, 2002-
making it one of Disney's longest running park shows ever.
Based on the animated film,
The Hunchback of Notre Dame, this innovative musical combined both puppet animation and live performers. Guests entered into the catacombs of 15th century Paris in a colorful, musical featuring the lovable Quasimodo and enchanting gypsy dancer Esmeralda.
The story began on stage with a cast of medieval puppets and 21 live performers led by storyteller Clopin, king of the gypsies and his sidekick puppet of himself. The three-foot-tall puppets transform into humans, then back to puppets as the show unfolded.
The gypsies deftly set each scene in full view of the audience with movable stone walls, ancient wooden scaffolding and magical capes of star-studded fabric. A runway extended 40 feet from the stage into the audience so that guests felt as if they were part of the show, allowing the puppets and characters to truly surround the theater.
In 1996 we were extremely honored and excited to work with Michael Curry from Michael Curry Designs. The new live stage show of Hunchback was designed from the movie and staged in the park.
We received artist drawings and copies of colored cells
from the movie to carve and create the head, hands and feet
of many of the colorful puppets used in the production.
The Paris villagers were also costumed by us, and we created the body designs for Jolly the goat as well. It was a long hard project, and we are thrilled to be a part of one of Disney's
most beloved and long running shows.
For more information on Michael Curry Designs, go to:
Clicking on the go button above will play the first of eight segments of Hunchback. To watch the rest, go to:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W 07wbI4kVhg
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