Northern State University ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame’ tickets to go on sale on Oct. 2

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ABERDEEN, S.D. – Tickets for the Northern State University theater production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” will go on sale on Monday, Oct. 2.

The show will be performed nightly at 7:30 p.m. in the Johnson Fine Arts Center Harvey and Cynthia Jewett Theater from Oct. 18 through 21.

Based on the Victor Hugo novel and songs from the beloved Disney animated feature, “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” showcases the Oscar-nominated score as well as new songs by Menken and Stephen Schwartz. Parnell’s new script embraces story theatre and feature verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel.  The bells of Notre Dame resound through 15th century Paris thanks to Quasimodo, the deformed bell-ringer who longs to be “Out There,” as he observes all of Paris reveling in the Feast of Fools.  Held captive by his devious caretaker, 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, Esmerelda. Also, captivated by the gypsy are the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo.  As the three vie for her attention, Frollo embarks on a mission to destroy the gypsies and it is up to Quasimodo to save them all.

Cast List:

The principle roles of Quasimodo and Esmeralda are played by John Cassens of Faulkton, and Taylor Bogue of Aberdeen. Other members of the show include Michael Lytle of Rapid City, as Phoebus; MacKinley Bruemmer of LaCrosse, Wis., as Frollo; Joshua Hinkemeyer of Sisseton, as King Louis XI; Rosemary Vega of Chaska, Minn., as Florika; Brady Hammer of Lyman, as Fredric Charlus; Adam Henning of Watertown, as Father Dupin; Jun Kim of Seoul, South Korea, as Clopin; Patrick Minihan of Canton, as Saint Aphrodisius; Alexander Kern of Groton, as Tribunal; John Litwiller III of Huron, as Jehan Frollo; Shelby Glover of Sioux Falls, and Morgan Wilson of Hot Springs, as Statue/Gargoyles; Christine Powers of Hot Springs, Annie Woodmansey of Pierre, Yeontae Park of Seoul, South Korea, and Katie Magera of Aberdeen, as Gypsies.

Chamber Singers members include: Tabitha Schmidt of Huron; Amanda McIlravy of Phillip; Joni Willoughby of Midland; Elsa Swanson of Chaska, Minn.; Taylor Brekke of Mobridge; Joanna Schleich of Mitchell; Adam Rye of Sioux Falls; Sal Scavo of Hightstown, N.J.; Alexandra Becht of Clear Lake; Tierra Decker of Huron; Katie Appl of Aberdeen; Lindsey Friedrichsen of Huron; Megan Hanson of Pierre; Rachel Smith of Huron; Brooke Thielbar of Hardwick, Minn.; Grace Woodstead of New Rockford, N.D.; Grant Duvall of Huron; Harrison Homelvig of Bowman, N.D.; Dylan Rausch of Yankton; Tyler Smith of Tea; Brandon Barrett of Britton; Kevin Boring of Pierre; Jun Kim of Seoul, South Korea; and Will Tiensvold of Sioux Falls.

Cathedral Choir members include: Kayla Sproles of Sioux Falls; Robert Fay of Aberdeen; Brittany Quinn of Timber Lake; Larry Wild of Aberdeen; Margaret Wild of Aberdeen; Tayzia Claymore-Knight of Eagle Butte; Hannah Gasperich of Aberdeen.

Members of the orchestra pit include: Colton Schaefer of Wilmot; Iiris Säkkinen of Riihimäki, Finland; Roger Frank II of Gregory; Noelle Stubbe of Aberdeen; Tanner Shultis of Aberdeen; Scott Glodt of Hoven; Carleigh Klein of Rapid City; Molly Royals of Rapid City; Patrick Calvillo of Walhalla, N.D.; Isaac Seaton of Aberdeen; Tanner Chilson of Watertown; Ricky Faflak of Aberdeen; Gregg Magera of Aberdeen; Leandro Fernandez-Moutin of Rosario, Argentina; Grace Gasperich of Aberdeen; Sarah Kjetland of Watertown; Naomi Davis of Watertown; Jennem Woolever of Grand Forks, N.D.; Jamie Stadel of Aberdeen; Dr. Ginny Lewis of Aberdeen; Jiyun Roh of Seoul, South Korea; Xin Wang of Nanjing, China.

Providing musical direction for the production is Michael Skyles, NSU instructor of voice, and Dr. Timothy Woods, associate professor of music, Director of Choral Activities/Music History. Dr. Robert Vodnoy, professor of orchestra and music, will direct the pit orchestra, with Mary Marion accompanying on piano.

Directing the production is NSU Director of Theater, Daniel Yurgaitis. Joshua John Frachiseur is the scenic designer and Jordan Jaked Carrier is in charge of costuming. Trevor Carrier is the lighting designer for the show. Annie Woodmansey and Katie Magera are the featured student choreographers.

Ticket Information:

Tickets for the event go on sale for theater-patrons at noon on Sept. 25 at the JFAC Box Office. Becoming a patron with a donation to the NSU Theater Scholarship Fund will give you advance access to tickets, and you may buy as many as you like. General ticket sales will open to the public at noon on Monday, Oct. 2, online and at the JFAC Box Office.

Tickets for the production are $18 for the general public. Tickets are $9 for NSU faculty and staff. NSU Students are admitted free with ID (only available at the box office). A $2 off group discount will be offered for groups purchasing 12 or more tickets at the same time. Tickets can be purchased at the Johnson Fine Arts Center Box Office or online via the School of Fine Arts Page ( This show is recommended for high school students and older.

Box office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, noon-4 p.m. The box office opens two hours before the show begins on performance nights. The JFAC box office phone number is 605-626-2900.

For more information about The Hunchback of Notre Dame, please contact Daniel Yurgaitis at

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