Written by Vicki Viall
On Monday and Tuesday, March 17-18, the Wolf Point High School drama club presented Victor Hugo’s well known and much loved The Hunchback of Notre Dame. This version was adapted by Tim Kelly.
The drama club and their advisor, Patrice MacDonald, did an incredible job. Some participants performed more than one part and did such an outstanding job that it was difficult to point them out.
While the entire cast was superb, some must be singled out. This list includes Marqueese Porras in the title role of Quasimodo; Keisha Porras as Esmeralda; David Hopson as Dom Claude Frollo; Devin Northington as Pierre Gringoire; and Steven Remington as Clopin.
Dom Claude Frollo falls in love with the gypsy Esmeralda. She happens along as the playwright Pierre Gringoire is about to be killed by the king of the bandits, Clopin. He will be allowed to live if he can find a woman willing to marry him. Just as he is resigned to a fate of death, Esmeralda happens by and says she will marry him.
Earlier, Quasimodo had kidnapped Esmeralda to save her. Thus, he was arrested and flogged publicly. At that time, Esmeralda ordered him water to drink. In the meantime, Esmeralda had fallen for Phoebus, the captain of the guard. Pierre Gringoire had fallen for Esmeralda and wanted a real marriage. Dom Claude Frollo had professed his feelings to Esmeralda and oered her sanctuary. She, it turned out, was repulsed by Dom Claude Frollo.
So Frollo hid and when Phoebus put the moves on Esmeralda and she acquiesced. He stabbed Phoebus with Esmeralda’s dagger. She was then arrested and placed on trial. Phoebus did not die. Quasimodo and Gringoire were both attempting to save Esmeralda. Attempting to keep Frollo from stopping them and Quasimodo killing Frollo. Esmeralda realized that she really loved Gringoire. And the tortured Quasimodo brought the curtain down.