We are introduced to Victor Hugo's timeless novel, set in 1482, by the poet Gringoire. We learn of the people who live in the shadow of the magnificent Notre Dame Cathedral.
The archdecon of the Cathedral Frollo, who had adopted the abandoned Quasimodo the hunchback and bell-ringer of the Cathedral, orders Phoebus, a soldier to maintain peace around the Cathedral. Esmeralda and Clopin, King of the Thieves, who has been her father figure, since her parents death, cautions her, that she is no longer a child and must be careful about love.
During Epiphany, the Feast of Fools, Quasimodo is crowned King of the Fools by Esmeralda. He falls in love with her, but frightened at first, she sees his child-like nature. Revelry turns to violence and Esmeralda is assaulted but is rescued by Quasimodo, who is wrongly accused and is punished on the Great Wheel.
Gringoire declares his love for Esmeralda, who refuses his proposal, declaring her love for Phoebus.
Phoebus is torn between Esmeralda and Fleur- de-Lys.
Frollo, also bears feelings for Esmeralda and pardons Quasimodo, after Esmeralda comes to him with a life saving drink of water.
Frollo, Phoebus and Quasimodo all wrestle with their feelings of lust, love and naive devotion.
Quasimodo takes Esmeralda to the bell tower, where the become friends and he urges her to stay there with him. Frollo sees Esmeralda there, and overwhelmed with emotion, knows it would be his ruin and spiritual death to covet her, but when he sees her and Phoebus in a physical embrace, he is overcome with spite and orders a guard to kill Phoebus. Esmeralda flees.
Esmeralda is nowhere to be found, and Quasimodo, in an effort to draw her out, rings the bell relentlessly.
Finally she is found and arrested and imprisoned for the death of Phoebus. Frollo and Esmeralda accuse each other of the murder, as Fleur-de-Lys mourns Phoebus. Frollo, knowing his own guilt, hopes to torture a confession from Esmeralda.
Frollo offers an ultimatum: sleep with him or death by hanging. She refuses and is rescued by Clopin, but not before Frollo retaliates by ordering the round-up of the gypsies and homeless and ordering the soldiers to kill Clopin. When Esmeralda rushes to Clopin, she is captured again and taken to the tower.
Quasimodo begs Frollo to spare her, but laughing, he gives the order and Esmeralda dies. In blind rage, Quasimodo kills Frollo, retrieves Esmeralda's body and the friends gather to grieve. Believing they will be together in death, Quasimodo jumps from his tower to lie beside his beloved.
Artistic Director/Choreographer: Vlad
Choreographer: Linda Garneau
Quasimodo: Michael Novitski
Esmeralda: Mia DiLena
Frollo(Priest): Shawn Bracke
Phoebus(Soldier): JT Papandreos
Clopin(King of Thieves): Shane Simpson
Gringoire(Poet/Narrator): George Absi
Fleur-de-Lys(Phoebus' finace): Sydney McManus
Gypsies: Vanessa Compton, Amanda Donato, Nicole Philippe