Playing a villain provides unique opportunities for Gage Schlueter

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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.

Gage Schlueter relishes his role as the villainous Dom Claude Frollo in the Hartland High School Drama Club production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

“I’ve always wanted to play a villain,” Schlueter said. “My favorite part of this production is the incredible opportunity to work closely with our director, Scott Usher, on acting and insights into Frollo’s complex character.”

Everything about this adaptation of “Hunchback” is innovative, Schlueter said.

“Audiences will be blown away by the music, set, and the unique storytelling techniques. Lessons from Paris in 1482 are eerily relevant today. This is not a typical musical, and theatre lovers will not want to miss it!”

Schlueter, a senior, has been involved in Hartland High School’s fall plays and spring musicals since his freshman year. Some of his other roles at Hartland High School were Knight 2, an egg (Humpty Dumpty in “Alice in Wonderland”), and James Larabee in “Sherlock Holmes.”

In addition to playing a villain in this musical, Schlueter gets to share the stage with his sister, Ella, in her first high school production.

Schlueter, the son of Jeffrey and Katie Schlueter, has three other siblings in addition to Ella: Scotty, Chena and Skye. In addition to Drama Club, he is involved in the Hartland High School National Honor Society, Junior Optimist Club, and was this year’s Hartland DAR Good Citizen. His favorite volunteering activity is performing puppetry at Hartland Preschool and Child Care Center.

“Drama club is where I met most of my closest friends,” he said. “Being part of a dedicated group with shared interests is important in a big school. Drama Club offers an accepting, creative, and hilarious environment to meet people and to be yourself.”

Schlueter, whose inspirations are Dick Van Dyke, Jim Henson, and Steve Burns, will study Media Arts and Theatre for the Young as a Presidential Scholar at Eastern Michigan University. His dream is to “get to Sesame Street” and eventually host his own kids show.

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 or at the door.


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