Tri-Valley Repertory Theatre takes audiences to Paris this month with the musical, "The Hunchback of Notre Dame," based on the 1831 Victor Hugo novel with songs from the 1996 Disney animated feature. This production includes new songs as well as verbatim passages from the Gothic novel.
The musical begins as the bells sound through the famed cathedral of Notre Dame in 15th century Paris. Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be "Out There," observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools and he escapes the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, who holds him captive, to join the festive crowd.
Quasimodo finds that everyone mistreats and mocks him -- except for the beautiful gypsy, Esmeralda. He falls in love with her free spirit, as does the handsome Capt. Phoebus and Archdeacon Frollo. As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies, and it falls to Quasimodo to save them.
The Tri-Valley Rep production will play Jan. 12-27 at the Bankhead Theater, 2400 First St. in Livermore, under the direction of Titian Lish and produced by Kathleen Breedveld. Performances are at 8 p.m. Saturdays and at 2 p.m. Sundays.
Tickets are $23-$41, and it is recommended that no one under the age of 13 attend due to the dark theme of the show. To buy tickets, go to the Bankhead Theater box office; call 373-6800; or visit www.trivalleyrep.org.