Though The Hunchback of Notre Dame is thought to be a male-driven show, New Paradigm Theatre Company has put an emphasis on highlighting the strengths and talents of the women of the musical--both on and off stage. With a driven female- dominated production team, and an exemplary leading lady, this spectacular group of women are redefining women’s roles in Hunchback. They're using their strengths to tell a beautiful story of love and hope.
The women behind The Hunchback left to right: Choreographer Maria Cherniscke, NPT Youth Board President Julia Levine, Costume Designer Sarah Korn, Exec Dir of CT Burns Care Foundation Kathlene Gerrity, Leading lady Esmeralda played by Gina Naomi Baez, NPT Artistic Director Kristin Huffman, Hunchback Co-Director Jodi Stevens, marketing intern Anna Martinsky company manager intern Katherine Griffin, directing intern Jennifer Beveridge, Stage Manager Erin Joy Swank, Lighting Designer Elizabeth M. Stewart
Photo by Mark Holleran. Special effects by Chloe Glenn.
New Paradigm theatre, a company well-known for its inventive productions that are presented with multi-cultural, multi-generational and multi-gendered casting has chosen their community “partner nonprofit” that reflects the theme of this summer’s show. This year NPT chose The Connecticut Burns Care Foundation (CBCF) from the nonprofits who submitted. For 40 years, CBCF has worked to support burn survivors as well as to present programs for education and advocacy to prevent burn injuries.
Artistic Director and Broadway veteran Kristin Huffman says, “New Paradigm is a theatre with a social conscience. We produce events and shows that not only entertain with Broadway professionals, but also connect directly to our community.” As partnerships between the nonprofit and for-profit world continue to form in order to tackle social challenged from all sides, this type of collective impact production has become increasingly relevant and a vital component of a community.
With not quite the happy ending of the Disney movie, this musical is more impactful and socially relevant. It has all your favorite characters but shows the truth behind feeling like an outcast.
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