“Hunchback” lets Maxwell Cothran sing and dance

Photo by Melissa Digue, MAD Creations Studio
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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.

Maxwell Cothran loves to sing.

“Thankfully,” Cothran said, “my family doesn’t mind.”

Photo by Melissa Digue, MAD Creations Studio

For the Hartland High School senior, performing in the Drama Club’s production of “Hunchback of Notre Dame” allows him to sing and dance.

“There’s no better place to do both,” Cochran said. “(That’s why) I joined the production of ‘The Hunchback of Notre Dame.’”

The son of Randy and Laurie Cothran, he has two older brothers and an older sister. He plays Phoebus De Martin, one of the man antagonists in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

Cothran has been in three other productions at Hartland High: two musicals and one play.

“The part I enjoy most about being in the drama club is the people,” Cothran said. “Everyone is amazing in their own way and I enjoy talking with friends and even those I don’t know.”

Cothran’s inspiration for acting is one of his brothers.

“He (and his friends) pulled me into drama. I said I would only stay for one show, but two years later I’m still involved,” Cothran said. “My brother was very good at acting and put his all into it and that inspired me to do the same.”

Though he has not seen the Disney version of Hunchback, the excitement of his friends pushed him to be part of the cast.

“My favorite part is when I sword fight, and defeat, mind you, two other soldiers,” Cothran said. “The audience members can expect an amazing, heart-wrenching show that will hopefully change their lives.”

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.


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