Deaf West Spring Awakening Alum Joshua Castille to Star in 5th Avenue Theatre’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Regional News   Deaf West Spring Awakening Alum Joshua Castille to Star in 5th Avenue Theatre’s The Hunchback of Notre Dame
 
Castille will use American Sign Language throughout his performance as Justin Gregory Lopez provides the voice of Quasimodo.
Joshua Castille
Joshua Castille Mark Kitaoka

Joshua Castille, seen on Broadway as Ernst in the Deaf West production of Spring Awakening, will play Quasimodo (who is Deaf in Victor Hugo’s literary masterpiece) this summer in the 5th Avenue Theatre staging of The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

Miles Barbee, Joshua Castille, Andy Mientus and Daniel David Stewart in <i>Spring Awakening</i>
Miles Barbee, Joshua Castille, Andy Mientus and Daniel David Stewart in Spring Awakening Joan Marcus

Directed by Glenn Casale and choreographed by Dana Solimando, performances are scheduled for June 1–24.

Castille, who is Deaf, will use American Sign Language throughout his performance, while Justin Gregory Lopez will be featured as Quasimodo’s “voice,” as well as one of the cathedral’s gargoyles. Additional casting will be announced at a later date.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame, based on the 1996 Disney animated film, features a book by Peter Parnell, music by Alan Menken, and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz.

There will be eight ASL-interpreted performances, in addition to one open-captioned performance and one audio-described performance.

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“Ask anyone who’s ever been a part of a musical production and they’ll tell you that theater is meant for everyone,” said 5th Avenue Theatre Producing Artistic Director Bill Berry in a statement. “It’s this very fact that makes it so exciting to be able to celebrate inclusivity in such an impactful way and welcome the Deaf and hard of hearing community with open arms. We are honored to have the opportunity to work with Joshua Castille on The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”

Tickets can be purchased at 5thAvenue.org, by phone at (206) 625-1900 or at the box office at 1308 5th Avenue in Downtown Seattle.

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