MADISON, NJ - Madison resident Julia Craig will perform as a member of the on-stage Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus, in The Hunchback of Notre Dame, which will be playing at the Paper Mill Playhouse in Millburn, from March 4th through April 5th.
"Continuo was asked to be a part of the Hunchback of Notre Dame as the on stage choir. This is the first musical theater collaboration we have done."
"We have done may other types of collaborations not only locally but nationally and internationally. Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, St. Peter’s Basilica, Sistine Chapel, to name a few," Craig said.
Continuo has many different choral programs including choirs for ages 6 to seniors, a young artist music festival in June, and a summer musical theater conservatory.
"I am so excited to be a part of the show. I have always loved musical theater. I started performing at the age of 8 with my church choir."
"Working with Continuo, Paper Mill and Disney has been such an amazing experience and a look into what the business is like. I have enjoyed every moment of it and I am so excited to start the performances," Craig added.
Rehearsals for The Hunchback began in the beginning of Jan., and have been held in Summit, New Providence, and New York City.
According to the choir’s website, “The Continuo Arts Foundation, New Jersey’s most comprehensive intergenerational choral program and Paper Mill Playhouse, one of the country’s premier not-for-profit theaters have partnered for Paper Mill Playhouse’s production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, in which selected members of the Continuo Arts Symphonic Chorus will be featured as the on-stage choir in the musical’s United States premiere.”
This show was inspired by the classic Victor Hugo novel and is the only stage collaboration between two giants of American musical theater with the music by Alan Menken (Disney's The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast, Newsies, Little Shop of Horrors) and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Godspell, Pippin), according to the Paper Mill’s website. “It is an intimate retelling of the famous love story, with a lush, emotionally-rich score and a production that will leave you inspired.”