The Hartland High School Drama Club’s production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” takes the stage at the high school April 20-22 and April 27-29. From now until opening night, we’ll be introducing you to members of the production.
For Bailey McPherson, who plays Esmeralda in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” the play’s message is one that is incredibly relevant.
“It’s an incredibly emotional story about the bare human condition,” McPherson said. “It’s commentary on our love, hate, and how that all stems from how we respond to fear is immensely touching.”
McPherson, a junior at Hartland High School, has been involved with the drama club for two years.
“I love performing with them,” she said. “I would have acted in the 2018 spring musical even if it was not “The Hunchback of Notre Dame,” but I was incredibly excited for this choice, my second-favorite show ever.”
McPherson is the the oldest of three children, and in addition to her involvement with the school’s drama club, she enjoys singing in Hartland’s choirs and watching movies. She cites Ciara Renee (who played Esmeralda in the original Broadway cast of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”), Laura Osnes, and Emma Gonzalez as her inspirations.
“They are legends in their own right,” she said.
McPherson considers Hunchback the pinnacle of musical theater.
“My favorite part of the Hunchback experience has been the music,” she said. “The soundtrack is so unique, beautiful, and humanly, genuinely touching in every possible aspect. Truly, something special happens to me when I sing those songs. My soul simply soars!
“I can not wait to share this story, that means so much to me, with you.”
Shows are April 20-22 and April 27-29 at Hartland High School, 10635 Dunham Road, Hartland. Friday and Saturday shows are at 7:30 p.m.; Sunday shows are at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $13 for students/seniors, and can be purchased at http://hartlanddramaclub.weebly.com/ or at the door.