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THE ENSEMBLE

Updated: Jun 25, 2018

Introducing the talented 'Ensemble' of THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME!


* Some answers have been edited for length or clarity.






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GROUP A: Madelena Byrnell, Jaida Smith, Kyrah Smith, Kathleen Stevens, Kaleigh Wiens.



(L-R) Kaleigh Wiens, Madelena Byrnell, Kathleen Stevens, Kyrah Smith, Jaida Smith

MADELENA BYRNELL: (Age: 16, Grade: 11)

Favourite Musical: West Side Story, Newsies or Les Miserables

Guilty Pleasure Musical: The Greatest Showman

Musical I Think Is Underrated: Bandstand

Favourite Song From a Musical: "America," West Side Story

Musical Dream Role: Glinda, Wicked or Katherine, Newsies

Favourite Musical Role I've Played: Annie, Annie


JAIDA SMITH: (Age: 13, Grade: 7)

Favourite Musical: Chicago

Musical That Makes Me Laugh: Hair

Musical That Makes Me Cry: Les Miserables

Favourite New Musical: The Greatest Showman

Favourite Old Musical: Singin' in the Rain

Musical Dream Role: Satine, Moulin Rouge or Miss. Adelaide, Guys and Dolls


KYRAH SMITH: (Age: 17, Grade: 11)

Favourite Musical: Moulin Rouge or Sweeney Todd

Guilty Pleasure Musical: The Rocky Horror Picture Show

Musical I Think Is Underrated: The Drowsy Chaperone

Favourite Song From a Musical: "Travel Song," Shrek the Musical

Musical Dream Role: Velma Kelly, Chicago or Mrs. Lovett, Sweeney Todd

Favourite Musical Role I've Played: Madame Thenardier, Les Miserables


KATHLEEN STEVENS: (Age: 16, Grade: 11)

Favourite Musical: The Count of Monte Cristo

Musical That Makes Me Laugh: Come From Away

Musical That Makes Me Cry: Hamilton

Favourite New Musical: Dear Evan Hansen

Favourite Old Musical: My Fair Lady

Musical Dream Role: Beverally Bass, Come From Away


KALEIGH WIENS: (Age: 18, Grade: 12)

Favourite Musical: Anastasia

Guilty Pleasure Musical: The Book of Mormon or Hamilton

Musical I Think Is Underrated: Finding Neverland

Favourite Song From a Musical: "One Day More," Les Miserables

Musical Dream Role: Ella, Cinderella

Favourite Musical Role I've Played: Factory Woman, Les Miserables


Q1: HOW MANY OTHER PRODUCTIONS HAVE YOU BEEN IN?


MADELENA: 13! 3 with Penny & Pound!


JAIDA: 11! 5 with Penny & Pound!


KYRAH: 13! 6 with Penny & Pound!


KATHLEEN: 7, but this is my first with Penny & Pound!


KALEIGH: Recently, I have been in 4 other productions. 2 with Penny & Pound!


Q2: WHAT'S YOUR TYPICAL WARM-UP ROUTINE FOR REHEARSALS/PERFORMANCES?


MADELENA: Every time before a performance, I have to have a moment to myself. I knock on the stage three times (a superstition of mine), and run lines!


JAIDA: If there's choreography I do a full body stretch, and if not, I belt a favorite song and then 'maturely' warm up my vocal cords.


KYRAH: I tend to do something stupid, as in sing my heart out to 'Bohemian Rhapsody' then 'mi-mah-moe.'


KATHLEEN: I do the 'Ma, Ma, Ma' thing from High School Musical and 'Broken Scales.'


KALEIGH: My typical routine consists of rushing to warm-up in the two minutes before I have to get my mic on, and just spending time with my friends and cast mates to get myself in the right head space to work so closely with them for the next few hours.


Q3: IN ONE WORD, DESCRIBE YOUR 'HUNCHBACK' EXPERIENCE THUS FAR.


MADELENA: Delightfully challenging.


JAIDA: Awesome.


KYRAH: Fun!


KATHLEEN: Fantastic! Everyone is so nice and talented!


KALEIGH: Surreal.


Q4: IF YOU COULD PLAY ANY CHARACTER IN 'HUNCHBACK' BESIDES YOUR OWN, WHO WOULD IT BE?


MADELENA: Esmeralda! I'm a free- spirit at heart, so I can relate to her a lot. I also love her passion.


JAIDA: Although it's a gender swap, I feel like Frollo is the biggest acting challenge to pull off! So, that's who I'd want to play!


KYRAH: Technically, Esmeralda is the only female role, but honestly I would probably choose Quasimodo. I would find him to be the most challenging role to play.


KATHLEEN: Esmeralda! I've always liked her brave and wild spirit.


KALEIGH: I would play Esmeralda, because her character is someone I’ve always admired and wanted to be like. She is such a strong woman and stands up for what she knows to be true, no matter what the consequences. In the musical, her character is incredible; her scenes and songs are absolutely beautiful!


Q5: HOW DOES THE STORY OF 'THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME' SPEAK TO YOU?


MADELENA: I admire the message of looking beyond appearances.


KATHLEEN: When I was a kid, I was always a little weird. I didn't talk much, I tended to just sit in the corner, reading my books. The other children were pretty mean about it. So I always liked the idea of being a gypsy and dancing through the streets, going wherever I wanted. 


KALEIGH: This story speaks to me because it is such a classic story set to beautiful music. The plot tells a story for the ages; one of love, friendship and tragedy, with so many insights into life that are still so very relevant today.

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GROUP B: Heather Firlotte, Morgan Isherwood, Cameron Martin, Michael Pinho,

Jaimie- Lynn Rocha, Zachary Thorne



(L-R) Heather Firlotte, Cameron Martin, Jaimie-Lynn Rocha, Michael Pinho, Zachary Thorne

HEATHER FIRLOTTE: (Age: 20, College)

Favourite Musical: I don't have one! (That's like choosing a favourite child!)

Musical That Makes Me Laugh: The Drowsy Chaperone

Musical That Makes Me Cry: Les Miserables

Favourite New Musical: Come From Away

Favourite Old Musical: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Musical Dream Role: Christine Daae, The Phantom of the Opera


MORGAN ISHERWOOD: (Age: 14, Grade: 9)

Favourite Musical: Les Miserables

Guilty Pleasure Musical: Hairspray

Musical I Think Is Underrated: Sunday in the Park With George

Favourite Song From a Musical: "Mama, I'm a Big Girl Now," Hairspray

Musical Dream Role: Sophie Sheridan, Mamma Mia

Favourite Musical Role I've Played: July, Annie


CAMERON MARTIN: (Age: 16, Grade: 11)

Favourite Musical: I don't have one!!

Musical That Makes Me Laugh: Rock of Ages

Musical That Makes Me Cry: Les Miserables

Favourite New Musical: Be More Chill

Favourite Old Musical: Sweeney Todd

Musical Dream Role: Patrick Bateman, American Psycho


MICHAEL PINHO: (Age: 17, Grade: 12)

Favourite Musical: Heathers the Musical

Guilty Pleasure Musical: High School Musical 2

Musical I Think Is Underrated: High School Musical 2

Favourite Song From a Musical: "Freeze Your Brain," Heathers the Musical

Musical Dream Role: Dead Body #5, any musical...

Favourite Musical Role I've Played: Combeferre, Les Miserables


JAIMIE- LYNN ROCHA: (Age: 18, Grade: 12)

Favourite Musical: Hamilton

Musical That Makes Me Laugh: Shrek the Musical

Musical That Makes Me Cry: Les Miserables

Favourite New Musical: Heathers the Musical

Favourite Old Musical: Annie

Musical Dream Role: Shrek, Shrek the Musical


ZACHARY THORNE: (Age: 19, College)