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appleton north high school presents the hunchback of notre dame

Appleton north high school presents the hunchback of notre dame




  • March 9, 10, 11, 16, 17, 18 at 7:00 PM
  • March 11, 12, 18, 19 at 12:30 PM
    • Mondays and Thursdays through March 16th
    • 3:30 - 5:30 pm
  • Admission: $15
  • Discount Nights - Mar 9th and 16th - $12
  • Rated PG (recommended for children ages 10 and up)

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 remarkable new songs and music and is the only stage collaboration between two legendary masters of American musical theatre, Alan Menken (Disney’s The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast) and Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin). 

North’s premiere production features a cast, crew, and orchestra of more than 100 students as well an elaborate set depicting 15th century Paris, including a set of custom made cathedral bells, stunning special effects, and breathtaking original costumes.  This daring and moving production sets the classic tale of love, vengeance, and compassion to one of the most sweeping scores ever written for the stage.  

North theatre director, Ron Parker, states, “We are so incredibly honored to be able to present the Wisconsin premiere of this new musical.  There have only been a handful of professional productions performed in the United States. In fact, North was given rights to the show before it was even officially released to amateur groups!  It is an amazing opportunity to bring this incredible work to our state.  The Hunchback of Notre Dame is one of the most powerful and meaningful musicals ever created for the theatre.  Besides the amazing music and captivating staging, its message of love over hate, courage over fear, and the acceptance of those who are different than ourselves makes this truly a musical for our times.”

Parker also relates that though the musical is based on an animated classic, it is quite different from other Disney films adapted for the stage.  “Unlike other Disney musicals North has previously done such as Mary Poppins and The Little Mermaid, The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a much more mature work.  It follows more closely the original novel by writer Victor Hugo than the 1996 animated version.  In fact, it has a lot in common with another great Broadway musical based on a Hugo story, Les Miserables, in its depth and darker tone.  Peter Parnell’s new book actually features verbatim passages from Hugo’s gothic novel.   As a result, the musical is not recommended for children under 10.”

The story 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 and hypocritical 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 the secretly impious 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 the maligned and mistreated hunchback, Quasimodo, to try and save them all.

For ticket information, contact the North Theatre Office at 997-3994 or by e-mail .



  • Date:  Saturday, February 4, 2017
  • Time:  7:30 PM
  • Price:  $5 general admission
  • Location:  Appleton North High School Commons, 5000 N Ballard RD Appleton
  • Concessions Available!

Improvedy presents hilarious games and sketches based on audience suggestions, performed in the style of the hit television showWhose Line Is It Anyway?   This popular performance group began in 2000 and is comprised of students ranging from freshmen to seniors.  They are the only high school improv comedy troupe in Appleton. .

Improvedy is available to perform for your party or lead an improv workshop at your business or club meeting.  For more information or to book a performance contact Ron Parker at








  • April 27, 28, 29 at 7:30 PM
  • April 29, 30 at 12:30 PM
  • Appleton North High School Auditorium, 5000 N Ballard RD Appleton

The Afghanistan/Wisconsin Verbatim Theatre Project is a new play about the experiences of Wisconsin veterans of the Afghanistan conflict, taken directly from personal interviews with veterans collected over the summer of 2015. With the mission of fostering better understanding between vets and non-vets, the A/W Project takes audiences inside the reality of training, deployment, and re-entry into the civilian world.


middle school drama day

middle school drama day

DRAMA DAY - theatre workshops for middle schoolers

Learn how to Improv!

Improv comedy is one of today’s hottest forms of entertainment. Discover the tricks to effective improv and have fun playing hilarious games based on audience suggestions. Members of North’s popular improv troupe, IMPROVEDY will lead the workshop.

Learn How Actors Fight on Stage

Whether you are performing in Shakespeare or the latest martial arts movie, creating realistic yet safe fight scenes is a skill every actor needs to know.  Learn the basics of unarmed stage combat from simple slaps to fancy falls. 


Drama Day will conclude with a public performance for family and friends on the North High School stage.  The show will include a choreographed stage combat routine and comedy improv show!

Behind the scenes of The little Mermaid

POST-CRESCENT: North Theatre fueled by teamwork, dedication

"The thing I appreciate so much about him (Parker) is that he encourages these kids to be their best selves, probably even pushes them to achieve more than he ever thought they could, and he does it without this competitiveness," Biskupic said. "He encourages them to be kind."


Contact Information

  • Ron Parker, director


  • ANHS Theatre Department, 5000 Ballard RD, Appleton, WI 54913 

  • 920-832-4300 (school main office)

  • Ticket Box Office 920-997-3994


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