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THE STONE ENSEMBLE

Updated: Jun 25, 2018

Introducing the adorable 'Stone Ensemble!'


* Some answers have been edited for length or clarity.



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THE KIDS: Amanda Dreher, Chloe Distel, Amy Harris, Given Harris, Charleigh Perry



(L-R) Amanda Dreher, Chloe Distel, Amy Harris, Given Harris, Charleigh Perry

AMANDA DREHER: (AGE: 13, GRADE: 8)

Favourite Musical: The Lion King

Favourite Musical Movie: Shrek the Musical

First Musical I Saw: The Phantom of the Opera

Musical Dream Role: Fiona, Shrek the Musical

Favourite Musical Character: Eponine, Les Miserables

Musical Song That Makes Me Want to Dance: "Come to the Fun Home," Fun Home


CHLOE DISTEL: (AGE: 11, GRADE: 6)

Favourite Musical: Hairspray

Favourite Musical Movie: Les Miserables

First Musical I Performed In: Into the Woods

Musical Dream Role: Amber Von Tussell, Hairspray

Favourite Musical Character: Tracy Turnblad, Hairspray

Musical Song That Makes Me Want to Dance: "Without Love," Hairspray


AMY HARRIS: (AGE: 8, GRADE: 3)

Favourite Musical: High School Musical

Favourite Musical Movie: Moana

Favourite Musical Character: Troy Bolton, High School Musical

First Musical I Performed In: This IS my first musical!!

Musical Dream Role: Sarah, Ragtime

Musical Song That Makes Me Want to Dance: "Pray For Me," Black Panther


GIVEN HARRIS: (AGE: 11, GRADE: 6)

Favourite Musical: Ragtime

Favourite Musical Movie: Moana

Favourite Musical Character: Sarah, Ragtime

First Musical I Performed In: Ragtime

Musical Dream Role: The Star, Big Hero 6

Musical Song That Makes Me Want to Dance: "Pray For Me," Black Panther


CHARLEIGH PERRY: (AGE: 10, GRADE: 4)

Favourite Musical: Mamma Mia

Favourite Musical Movie: Beauty and the Beast

First Musical I Performed In: Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Musical Dream Role: Tracy Turnblad, Hairspray

Favourite Musical Character: Sophie Sheridan, Mamma Mia

Musical Song That Makes Me Want to Dance: "You Can't Stop the Beat," Hairspray


Q1: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE DISNEY MOVIE?


AMANDA: Up


CHLOE: The Little Mermaid


CHARLEIGH: The Lion King



Q2: IS THIS YOUR FIRST MUSICAL? IF NOT, WHAT OTHER MUSICALS HAVE YOU PERFORMED IN?


AMANDA: I performed as Young Eponine in P&P's 'Les Miserables,' last season!


CHLOE: I've been in two other musicals, both with P&P: 'Into the Woods,' and 'Les Miserables!'


AMY: This is my first show ever!


GIVEN: I've also been in "Ragtime" with TCP!


CHARLEIGH: This is my second musical! I have also performed in 'Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.'


Q3: WHAT'S IT LIKE BEING A KID IN PENNY & POUND?


AMANDA: Being a kid in Penny and Pound is nice because everyone treats the kids like they treat everyone else.


CHLOE: It's really fun! You learn a lot of new things, and meet lots of new people. It's a really good experience.


AMY: Good because the people there really get me out of my comfort zone!


GIVEN: I'm trying my best, because there are lots of things I have to do!


CHARLEIGH: It's lots of fun and I've gotten to meet lots of talented people. 



Q4: IF YOU SAW SOMEONE BEING BULLIED, WOULD YOU HELP THEM LIKE ESMERALDA HELPS QUASIMODO IN THIS SHOW?


AMANDA: I would stick up for someone just like Esmeralda did for Quasimodo because bullying is so wrong and no one should have to go through it alone.


CHLOE: Yes, I would help because sometimes, people need help and backup.


AMY: Yes, I would. That is the right thing to do, even if it's hard.


GIVEN: Yes, I would help. I do that all the time!


CHARLEIGH: Yes!! We all have to step up to stop bullying. 


Q5: WHAT'S YOUR FAVOURITE SONG IN 'THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME?'


AMANDA: My favourite song from The Hunchback Of Notre Dame would be "God Help The Outcasts," because it has so much meaning to it and when someone is singing it, it comes from the heart.


CHLOE: I like 'The Bells of Notre Dame," best!


AMY: "The Bells of Notre Dame."


GIVEN: "The Bells of Notre Dame."


CHARLEIGH: "Out There!"


Q6: WHAT'S THE BEST PART OF BEING IN THE 'STONE ENSEMBLE?'


AMANDA: The best part of being in the 'Stone Ensemble' is probably being a friend to Quasimodo because no one was ever really there for him except for the gargoyles.


CHLOE: The costumes are going to be so pretty!


AMY: The best part is working as a team!


GIVEN: Having our own solos!


CHARLEIGH: Having a chance to sing and perform with people who love musical theatre like me!



(L-R) Hollen Hughes, Jay LeBlanc, Joseph Dominic Thomson

HOLLEN HUGHES: (AGE: 14, GRADE: 9)

Favourite Musical: Matilda

Favourite Movie Musical: White Christmas

First Musical I Saw: Anne of Green Gables

Musical Dream Role: Eponine, Les Miserables

Favourite Musical Character: The Trunchbull, Matilda

Musical Song That Makes Me Cry: "Far From the Home I Love," Fiddler on the Roof


JAY LEBLANC: (AGE: 17, GRADE 11)

Favourite Musical: Heathers the Musical

Musical That Makes Me Laugh: Rock of Ages

Musical That Makes Me Cry: Beauty and the Beast

Favourite New Musical: Rock of Ages

Favourite Old Musical: Beauty and the Beast

Musical Dream Role: Veronica Sawyer or Heather Duke, Heathers the Musical


JOSEPH DOMINIC THOMSON: (AGE: 19, COLLEGE)

Favourite Musical: Be More Chill

Musical That Makes Me Laugh: The Book of Mormon

Musical That Makes Me Cry: Come From Away

Favourite New Musical: Come From Away

Favourite Old Musical: Oliver!

Musical Dream Role: Evan Hansen, Dear Evan Hansen


Q1: WHAT IS YOUR FAVOURITE DISNEY MOVIE?

JAY: Mulan!


JOSEPH: Moana!


Q2: HOW MANY YEARS HAVE YOU BEEN INVOLVED WITH THEATRE?


JAY: I've been involved since I was twelve... so, about four years!


JOSEPH: A lot.



Q3: WHY DID YOU DECIDE TO AUDITION FOR THIS SHOW?


JAY: I decided to audition for 'Hunchback' because I've never done a musical before, and I thought it would be a neat experience. And it has been, so far!





Q4: WHAT'S THE BEST PART OF BEING IN THE 'STONE ENSEMBLE?'


JAY: I get to try out different parts and experiment with my vocal range. Since I can sing most of the high parts and a good chunk of the low parts, I can switch around as needed.


JOSEPH: Everyone compliments us!



Q5: IF YOU COULD PLAY ANY CHARACTER IN 'HUNCHBACK' BESIDES YOUR OWN, WHO WOULD IT BE?


JAY: Claude Frollo for sure! "Hellfire" is an epic song!


JOSEPH: Clopin. He makes me giggle!



Q6: WHAT ARE SOME OF THE MORALS IN 'THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME?'


JAY: The main moral in this show is that books shouldn't be judged by their covers. The main example of this is the treatment of Quasi by Frollo, and the rest of the town, versus the way he was treated by Esmeralda. Another, albeit less prominent moral, is the one of going against authority to do what's right. Captain Phoebus goes against Frollo several times in the show to protect the gypsies that Frollo wishes to exterminate.


JOSEPH: There's beauty on the inside. Also, don't act like a dingus.






Q: WHY SHOULD PEOPLE COME TO SEE "THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME?"


AMANDA: People should come and see the show because the cast is so amazing and so talented. The directors have put so much effort into making this show incredible!


CHLOE: The directors have put a lot of work into it, and it's a really good show! The cast is super talented and really hardworking.


CHARLEIGH: Because it has great music and cast members, and the message is a good one for everyone!


JAY: Because of the amazing songs and voices in it!



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