BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Oak Grove Lutheran School

BWW Review: THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME at Oak Grove Lutheran School

Oak Grove Lutheran School brings Notre Dame to Fargo!

Director & Scenic Designer Scott M Brusven and his massive team of cast, crew & volunteers brought the city of Paris and the Notre Dame Cathedral to life. This small private school (enrollment just over 500 k-12) built a massive set for their production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. With a on stage cast of 63, a production team of 21, music provided by the Fargo Moorhead Symphony Orchestra (recorded live), and the 33 member Master Chorale of Fargo Moorhead & Community Choir members joining the production on stage this production was no small undertaking. I am betting Mr Brusven lives by the philosophy "Go Big or Go Home".

Cast members ranging from grades 2-12 gave a nice variety stage and the talent was evident from the opening number. A few minor opening weekend mic issues did not stop the cast from delivering a stellar performance.

3 of the main leads truly stood out for me and were obviously the right choices for these parts.

Spencer Green as Quasimodo was excellent and has such great range as an actor/singer. He transitioned perfectly from the "monster" that everyone sees to the young man speaking to his "friends".

Davis Sunderland as Claude Frollo who is the uncle that "raises" Quasimodo definitely has the part of bad guy down. His talent on stage made it so easy to not like his character, yet every time he sang I was drawn in.

Elena Linster as Esmeralda was simply stunning. With amazing singing, acting and dancing skills she commanded the stage in every scene she was in.

This is a wonderful show that the whole family will enjoy. You still have a few chances to catch this, and I highly recommend it.

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