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CHS presents 'The Hunchback of Notre Dame'

Cloquet High School students Sophia Brenner as Esmeralda and Jordan Allen as Quasimodo sing as they overlook the city of 15th-century Paris during dress rehearsal Monday, Nov. 12. "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" is the fall play this year. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal1 / 5
Jordan Allen as Quasimodo looks toward the audience as the Feast of Fools takes place around him. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal2 / 5
Cloquet High School students practice a scene in "The Hunchback of Notre Dame" during dress rehearsal Monday, Nov. 12. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal3 / 5
Captain Phoebus, played by Ryan Badger, sings to Alyssa Doble, Marcy Ferrier and Taylor Anderson. The captain has just arrived back to Paris from war and is about to start his new job at the Cathedral. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal4 / 5
Dancers flip and spin during the Feast of Fools as Quasimodo, played by Jordan Allen, watches in amazement Monday, Nov. 12, at the Cloquet High School play rehearsal. Allen is lifted by Jonah Bryant-Nikko and Henry Slater. Jamie Lund/Pine Journal5 / 5

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; 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.