The Hunchback of Notre Dame




The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Based on the Victor Hugo Novel and songs from the Disney film


Directed by Nicholas Wainwright | Music Directed by Benjamin Czarnota | Choreography by Rachel Sampson

Feared and hated by all, Quasimodo, the deformed bell ringer, is looked after by Frollo, the controlling archdeacon of Notre-Dame de Paris. In the streets, the annual Feast of Fools brings forward more than even Frollo could imagine as he finds himself- joined by the captain of the guard, Phoebus, and Quasimodo- enthralled by a beautiful gypsy Esmeralda. Chaos ensues as we truly discover what makes a monster, and what makes a man. On sing the bells of Notre Dame.


Caplan Studio Theater (Terra Hall, 16th Floor) 211 South Broad St., Philadelphia PA 191077

Performances: December 6 @ 7:30pm (ASL Interpreted Performance), December 7 @ 7:30pm, December 8 @ 7:30pm, December 9 @ 2pm & 7:30pm, December 10 @ 2pm & 7:30pm



DEVON MORENO Assistant Director

RACHEL SAMPSON Choreographer


MADISON AUCH Associate Music Director

ELANA MARIANI Assistant Music Director



MEAGAN SPRY Stage Manager

ROSE SLAVIN Assistant Stage Manager

SARA MARINICH Production Manager

SETH CHAFFIN Technical Director

ABBY SCHLACKMAN Lighting Designer

NICK HATCHER Assistant Lighting Designer

COURTNEY CAMERON ALD/ Assistant Master Electrician


COLE SUPSIC Assistant Set Designer

KAT WHEARY Props Designer

EDWARD SMITH Sound Designer

TAMARA WHEATEN Assistant Sound Designer

GINA COLACCI Costume Designer

JEM RUBIN & CORRIE MEEHAN Assistant Costume Designers


HEATHER SCHMERMAN American Sign Language Consultant & Coach

American Sign Language interpretation for the Dec. 6 performance provided by Hands UP Productions


DAVID THOMAS as Quasimodo

JULIANA LUBER as Esmeralda







Learn more about the cast & creative team!

Nicholas Wainwright (Director) is a Senior Directing, Playwriting, and Production major with a concentration in Directing, and a minor in Musical Theatre. UArts: Cheesy Puffs. Select Regional: Peter & The Starcatcher, James & The Giant Peach, Young Frankenstein, Disney’s Tarzan, Seussical. Special thanks to his mentors at UArts, his cast, his family, the creative team, and his partner in crime Meagan Spry.

Benjamin Czarnota (Music Director) is thrilled to be making his UArts debut conducting this epic work of music theater and excited to be working again from the pit. He has spent the past twenty five years performing roles onstage, including Mr. Webb in the world premiere of Rorem’s operatic setting of Our Town, Stanley Kowalski in Previn’s Streetcar Named Desire, Guglielmo in Così fan tutte, Count Almaviva in Le nozze di Figaro, the title role in Sweeney Todd, the Father in Children of Eden, and Emile de Becque in South Pacific. Endless thanks to Emily for making this all possible.

Meagan Spry (Stage Manager) is a Senior Directing, Playwriting, and Production major with a concentration in stage management. UArts credits include Folk Wandering, Modern Day Love Story,  Annie Salem: An American Tale, Marie Christine, and A Little Night Music. Other credits include Young Frankenstein at Villager’s Thetre, and A Closer Walk with Patsy Cline, Godspell, and Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical at Infinity Theatre Company. Upcoming: Peter and the Starcatcher at Villager’s Theatre. Meagan is thrilled to present Hunchback as her Senior project and would like to thank all of her family for all the support getting here.

Rachel Sampson (Choreographer) is a Senior Dance Major, Musical Theater Minor. UArts credits include: Rocky Horror Picture Show (Dance Captain & Ensemble), Moments (Kyle and Dinita Clark), Sophomore Project (Jesse Zaritt and Anne White), and Sr. Project dance performances. Upcoming dance performances include works by Katie Swards-Thurman and Kyle and Dinita Clark. Regional credits include: Cabaret (Rosie u/s) at the Arden Theater, Young Frankenstein (Choreographer), and Tarzan (Choreographer). Recently Rachel has just returned from a 6-month study abroad experience at the Institute of the Arts in Barcelona Spain. Other than performing, in her spare time Rachel enjoys eating potatoes. Merde!

Allison Mudd (Dramaturg) is a Sophomore Directing, Playwriting and Production major. Past UArts credits include Key (Equinox New Play Festival), Mr. Marmalade, and Lucille’s Lantern.  Endless thanks to the entire cast and crew- happy to be here.

Devon Moreno (Assistant Director) is a Sophomore directing, playwright and production major at UArts. He is thrilled to have had the opportunity to be part of this process.

Elana Mariani (Assistant Music Director) has been having the best time singing the bells with this spectacular cast and creative team!  She is from New York, and is a Sophomore director here at UArts.  Thank you Nick, Rachel, Meagan, Benjamin, and to Mr. Schwartz and Mr. Menken, for writing this incredibly beautiful piece.

Rose Slavin (Assistant Stage Manager) is a Sophomore Directing, Playwriting, and Production major, focusing in Stage Management and Directing. Credits include Birdie’s Pit Stop (Fringe Festival 2016), End of Mankind (University of the Arts),  Cheesy Puffs (Equinox Festival 2017), The Groom’s a Fag… (Fringe Festival 2017). Regional: Legally Blonde, The Little Mermaid, Chesapeake (Clear Space Theatre Company). Thanks to Meagan, Nick, and Rachel. Love to Allison, Devon, and Elana.

Cole Supsic is a Sophomore Set Design major. Past UArts Set Assistance on Mr. Marmalade, Now We Are Six.  Scenic Charge on American Idiot. Set Design Equinox 2017.

Jem Rubin (Assistant Costume Designer) is a Junior Theatrical Design and Production major with a concentration in Costume Design. Previous UArts credits include; The Bourgeois Gentleman (Assistant Costume Design), Mr. Marmalade (Costume Design), and Ruination Y3K (Costume Design). Wardrobe credits include Kiss me Kate (Opera North), Madame Butterfly (Opera North), La Belle Helene (Opera North) and HIR (Simpatico Theater).

Gina Colacci (Costume Designer) is a Junior Theatre Design and Technology major with a focus in Costume Design. Past UArts credits include American Idiot, Red 40 and the Last Groovement, Normativity, Pocatello, Lucid Dreams, and  A Broken Home. Regional: Big Mary (Upper Darby Summer Stage), A Haunted Fringe Wedding (Philadelphia Fringe Festival 2017), and Dream Girls (South Philly High school).

Edward Smith (Sound Designer) is a Senior Theater Design student with a concentration in Sound Design. Some of his design credits include Rocky Horror Picture Show (UArts 2015), God’s Ear (UArts 2016), Polyphone (UArts 2017), and These Terrible Things (UArts 2017). This summer he also oversaw the sound design and engineering of nearly 20 shows at Long Lake Camp for the Arts.

Dalton Whiting (Set Designer)  is a Junior Design Tech major. Past UArts credits include: The Bourgeois Gentleman (Assistant TD), Lucille’s Lantern (Set Designer), A Little More Spring (Lighting Designer), and Polyphone Arts Bank 2017 (Set Coordinator).

Nick Hatcher (Assistant Lighting Designer) A Junior Directing, Playwriting, and Production major. UArts credits: Lucille’s Lantern, A Little More Spring ,Equinox 2017, UArts Senior Showcase 2017, Ruinantion_Y3K. Regional: An Incomplete List… (Philly FringeHarbor (Philly Gayfest 2016), Birdie’s Pit Stop (Philly Fringe 2016), Period Play (PWTF).

Kat Wheary (Props Designer) is a Sophomore Design Tech major focusing in props. This is their 3rd UArts show as a props designer. They also enjoy programing for lights and work as a stage electrician for the University.

Abby Schlackman (Lighting Designer) is a Junior Theater Design and Technology major with a focus in Lighting Design. Past UArts credits include Mr. Marmalade, Now We Are Six, Ruination Y_3K, Equinox 2016, Bourgeois Gentleman (ALD), Polyphone 2016+17 (ALD), Pocatello (ALD), Twelfth Night (ALD). Regional: Hamlet, Long Lake Arts Summer Season 2016.


David Thomas (Quasimodo) is a Junior Musical Theater Major. This is his 5th show at UArts. Past credits include The Elementary Spacetime Show,  The Real Whisper, and A Chorus Line. His back hurts.

Juliana Luber (Esmeralda) is a Junior Musical Theater major. UArts Debut! Recent Credits include: Beauty and the Beast (Belle), Little Shop of Horrors (Audrey), West Side Story (Consuela).

Jessie Hoffman (Frollo) is a Sophomore Musical Theater Musical Theater Major. Past UArts credits “Cheesy Puffs”. Wants to extend thanks to all who supported him throughout the process of this show. Special thanks to Tony Jay and Patrick Page.

Matt Donzella (Phoebus De Martin) is a Sophomore Musical Theatre major. Past UArts include Folk Wandering. Other Philadelphia credits: An Incomplete List (Philadelphia Fringe Festival), Turnpike (Philadelphia Theatre Workshop) A huge thanks to friends, family and the creative team.

Shannon DeVaughn (Clopin) is a Junior Musical Theater major. Past UArts credits include Cheesy Puffs, The Elementary Spacetime Show, and Finn the Fearless. Endless thanks to this wonderful team.

Zac Baccaro (Frederic, Ensemble) is a Sophomore musical theatre major. Past UArts credits include Modern Day Love Story(Ensemble). Other credits include Beauty and the Beast (Gaston), Harvey (Dr. Sanderson), and You Can’t Take It With You (Tony Kirby). He would like to thank his family for their continued love and support.

Alyssa Batsakis (Florika, Ensemble) is a Senior Musical Theater major. UArts credits: The Elementary Spacetime Show (Polyphone Festival 2015, Fringe Festival 2016), Chromotope: Rough Draft (with Applied Mechanics Co.), Apartment 27, {dahy-kot-l-eed-n}. NYC credits: The Elementary Spacetime Show (Ars Nova, Playwrights Horizons). Regional credits: Mary Poppins, Ghost, the Musical, American Idiot, Rock of Ages (The Barn Theatre). Directing credits: I and You (Cincinnati Actor’s Studio and Academy), 101 Dalmatians, Aristocats (Three Rivers Children’s Theater). Alyssa has been an Equity Membership Candidate since 2015.

Dana Brown (Madame/Ensemble) is so excited to be making her UArts debut in this fabulous production!  Dana is a Junior Musical Theater Major.  Regional:  Mary Poppins (Plays In The Park); other favorite credits include 42nd Street, Anything Goes, Sound of Music, Ragtime, My Fair Lady, and The Music Man.   Dana studies privately with Broadway’s Lindsay Mendez.  She has also studied at Camp Broadway, Broadway Artist Alliance and Actor Therapy all in NYC.  Dana wishes to thank her family and friends for their love and support.

Josh Farner (Ensemble) is thrilled to make his UArts onstage debut! He is a Sophomore DPP and most recently directed CaberGAY: A Celebration of Queer Musical Theater. Much love to the cast, creative team, and Nick for making all this possible!

Juliet Mellon (Ensemble) is a Junior Musical Theatre major and is thrilled to be a part of this show! Recent credits include: Edison (Manchester/Buxton/Edinburgh Fringe Festivals), Retrograde: a new musical (UArts home series), Edison (University of the Arts), Sometimes in Prague (UArts Polyphone Festival).

Maryellen Molnar (Ensemble) is a Junior Musical Theater major. UArts Debut! Recent Credits: Annie Get Your Gun (Featured Dancer), Legally Blonde (Vivienne)

Greg Power (Saint Aphrodisius/Ensemble) is a Sophomore Musical Theatre major. Past UArts credits include Folk Wandering. Regional: Jesus Christ Superstar (Welk Theater). All glory be to God.

Billy Sander (Jehan/Ensemble) is a Senior Acting major and a Musical Theater minor. Past UArts credits include Rocky Horror Picture Show (MBET department), Domestic Rubotosis, and The Elementary Spacetime Show. Film Credits include The Orchid and the Wasp and Goodnight (The Five Sands). Billy credits all of his success and happiness to everyone in his life, from his friends at UArts, his colleagues at Nest and his incredibly loving family, he could not have done it without them!

Hannah Sattazahn (ensemble) is a Junior Musical Theater major. UArts debut! Previous credits: Bomb A$$ Cabaret, Shadowland, Tarzan (Kala), Grease (Cha Cha). Endless thanks to her family, friends and the creative team’s love and support!

Maura Sitzmann (Ensemble) is a Sophomore Musical Theater major. She is very excited to be making her Brind School debut in The Hunchback of Notre Dame! Other credits include Parade (Lincoln Center). Many thanks to Mom, Dad and Megan for their love and support!

Max Van Kooy (ensemble) is a Junior Direction/Playwriting/Production major. UArts: Now We Are Six, Eat and You Belong to Us, This Beautiful Stupidity. Regional: An Incomplete List… (Philly Fringe 2017)

Anna Ventor (Ensemble) is a Junior Musical Theatre major with a minor in Art Therapy. Past UArts credits: Sometimes in Prague (Ensemble) Other: Scarlett in Summer Shorties (Times Square Arts Center NYC), Natalie in Next to Normal (Rhino Theatre), Wendy in Peter Pan(YATC/ Flying by Foy) TV: Power on Starz (re-occurring). Measureless thanks to her family, friends, and the cast and crew.

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