Cloquet High School's musical performance of "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" transports audiences back to 15th-century Paris with a love story complete with colorful costumes and lively dancing.
The play runs Thursday, Nov. 15, through Saturday, Nov. 17, from 7-10 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 18, from 2-5 p.m. at the CHS Theatre.
"I chose this musical primarily because of darker undertones," play director Landon Hall said.
Many children grew up with the story and songs from the Disney animated movie of the same name.
Hall said many talented students tried out for the part of one of the main characters, Esmeralda. Sophia Brenner and Patrice Eckman will take turns playing Esmeralda on alternating nights.
The main character, Quasimodo, will be played by Jordan Allen.
"I wanted to do something completely different than what I did last year, which was 'Legally Blonde,'" Hall said. "By doing so, it gives the actors the ability not to play they same role over and over again and it gives something different for the audience to see."
There are 70 students involved in the musical, including actors and crew, as well as an on-stage choir.
"This show is sure not to disappoint," Hall said.
Tickets are $9 and $11; purchase at the box office one hour before each show. Tickets are also available at isd94.org; click on "The Hunchback of Notre Dame - Purchase Tickets Online" on the front page.
Due to the dark nature of the show, parental guidance is suggested.