BATS Celebrates 35 Years with The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Matt Pines, Mia Knudson, Jess Masalski, Felix de Lemon, Stephanie Nguyen, Alicce Cooper and Rebekah Bennetts. Photo courtesy Tim Blencowe.

Melbourne’s BATS Theatre Company presents The Hunchback of Notre Dame as their featured 35th Anniversary musical.

Since opening its doors 35 years ago as the Berwick Amateur Theatre Society in 1989, BATS Theatre Company has produced over 70 junior musicals, plays and musicals and has been nominated for a number of Lyrebirds awards, receiving an impressive number.

Over 70 productions later, BATS Theatre Company, one of Greater Casey area’s oldest non-profit community theatre associations is producing one of their biggest productions yet with a cast of over 40 performers.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame director/choreographer Bridie Clark is thrilled to have the opportunity to bring this award-winning musical to life, bringing her experiences and knowledge straight from the stages of Broadway where she has spent most of the past decade.

She has joined forces with Kent Ross, the Resident Conductor of the Casey Philharmonic Orchestra who is no stranger to musical theatre having conducted close to 35 different shows and will lead the orchestra as they play some of the memorable show songs including “Out there”, “Hellfire” and “Bells of Notre Dame”.

With Jarod Rhine-Davis portraying Quasimodo, Tim Blencowe portraying Frollo and Rebekah Bennetts as Esmeralda, BATS promise audiences will experience the full range of human emotions with Hunchback of Notre Dame. From its inspiring ensemble numbers to its realistic depiction of aggression and fear, BATS promises a production which will tell the story of love, faith and facing prejudice.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Music: Alan Menken. Lyrics: Stephen Schwartz. Book: Peter Parnell.

At the Tony Schumack Theatre in Berwick from 5 July to 7 July 2024 for 5 shows only.

A special Star Newspaper readers discount code can be obtained for Saturday 6 July Matinee starting at 1.30pm which has a 45 mins Q and A session with it or Sunday 7 July night performance starting at 7.30pm via Star Discount.

Established in 1989 BATS Theatre Company is a not-for-profit organisation.