By Katie Coyne
Out of the two plays County College of Morris will perform this fall, some students are gravitating towards Victor Hugo’s classic “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” because it has more of a musical aspect to it. Compared to the fall drama, John Steinbeck’s “East of Eden,” it will allow more chances for students in the campus’ drama and fine arts scene to showcase and hone their skills in live music and dance.
The college held four auditions for the musical from Wednesday, August 30 to Tuesday, Sept. 5.
Breanna Migala, a liberal arts major at CCM said she wanted to audition for an instrumental part rather than acting or singing.
“I could play music for it,” said Migala, a clarinet player. “That’s what I was more interested in.”
Austin Biss, a music recording major who has played drums for 13 years, said he is also looking forward to performing music for the play.
“I’m actually the drummer for the musicals,” Biss said. “I’ve been doing it for three or four semesters now. If you go see the musical, I will be playing the drums there.”
Professor Marielaine Mammon, chair of the music, dance, and performing arts department at CCM said that she is excited about the musical.
“The music is phenomenal,” Mammon said “ I researched it and I just got so excited about it.”
Two of Mammon’s favorite composers Alan Menken for “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and Stephen Schwartz for “East of Eden” have featured works in their respective CCM productions.
Mammon said “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” will have a more similar portrayal to the novel rather than the Disney movie.
“The storyline, the true storyline of how Quasimodo was treated and his demise, and Esmeralda’s death, and Phoebus, it’s a love triangle, and it follows the book more than the cartoon,” Mammon said.
Mammon said Hugo’s musical will be comprised of a large chorus featuring some of the “challenger students,” high school students earning college credits at CCM.
“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” will be performed Wednesday Nov. 1 at 7:30 p.m. in the Student Community Center Dragonetti Auditorium. There will also be a Saturday matinee at 2 p.m.
“East of Eden,” will be performed in the Dragonetti Auditorium Thursday, Nov. 16 and Saturday, Nov. 18 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets for both productions are $15 for the general public and $10 for CCM students and senior citizens over age 62.