ISBN: 978-1-61588-075-1
Type: Full Length
Genres: Comedy, Classics
Theme: Classic Adaptations
Duration: 100 minutes
Speaking Cast: 12 females, 12 males (24 total cast)
Flexibility: gender flexible
SYNOPSIS: Quasimodo, a deformed but lovable man, has spent his entire life within the walls of the cathedral of Notre Dame. With some urging from two zany nuns, he attends the Festival of Fools. Though he is crowned the King of Fools (the ugliest person at the festival), his guardian, Archdeacon Frollo, is enormously displeased with Quasimodo. Frollo forbids Quasimodo to leave Notre Dame again. Also at the festival are La Esmeralda, the gypsy queen, and Pierre Gringoire, a playwright. Frollo is taken by La Esmeralda's beauty and determines to have her, sending the guards after the gypsy queen to capture her. Both Quasimodo and Gringoire attempt to save La Esmeralda, resulting in Quasimodo's two-day punishment in the town square without food or water and Gringoire's narrow escape from hanging by the peasants' Court of Miracles. La Esmeralda helps them both, giving Quasimodo water and saving Gringoire from hanging by marrying him. Frollo, desperately jealous, stabs Gringoire and frames La Esmeralda. Though La Esmeralda is sentenced to death, Quasimodo saves her, taking her into the cathedral of Notre Dame and sanctuary. Frollo again tries to attack La Esmeralda and Gringoire, who has survived the stabbing, but falls to his death from the top of Notre Dame. Then it is up to the King and Queen of France to determine La Esmeralda's guilt or innocence...
Two narrators, Souffle and his hyperactive younger brother, Cheese, relate this adaptation of Victor Hugo's French literary classic, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, and provide comic relief to this otherwise serious story. Other humorous characters and some judicious editing of this classic tale make it an enjoyable experience for the whole family!
Ferndale Area High School Drama Club
Johnstown, PA
Morton High School
Bishop Ludden JrSr high School
Syracuse, NY
HP Players
Worden, MT
Madison #1 Middle School
Tempe, AZ
Monticello High School
Monticello, IA
"Loved the play, along with narrators-made it easy for audience to follow what is happening in the story. The script makes us easy to translate from English to American Sign Language. The cast had fabulous time with the script, making it come alive on stage. The script is also easy on the struggling readers to understand the story. Thanks."
By Cara Barnett - Director - California School for the Deaf Fremont
"The Hunchback of Notre Dame by Craig Stump was a creative and wonderful script to work with. We were able to assign parts for all 55 students who tried out. Our stage managers designed an elaborate set and the actors each got to say a line and we were able to give enough parts out to help the students get more comfortable on stage. This is a play for all audiences - the adults loved did, as did the students. The hilarious narrators, Cheese and Souffle, had enough dialogue to get the stage set up with little lag time!"
By Melissa Fisher - Director - Carroll High School
"What a delightful time we had doing this play! Craig is auch an AMAZING and talented writer! It is very comical, yet tells such a beautiful tale that the Middle School adored it. Additionally we were able to easily adapt the play to our very large cast! We had 4 sold out shows with standing room only. I am looking forward to reading more from Craig in the future! THANKS!"
By Debbi Sulzberger - Director - GLMS Drama

I had a great time writing this play. I enjoy the story of The Hunchback of Notre Dame and am amazed at the movies which have been made about it. Although the story is serious in nature, I have incorporated humorous characters and scenes. Remember to have fun with your production!

West Bend High Schools, Full Cast Photo
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