A New Collaborative Relationship
When the Choral Artisans launched as a community chorus back in the fall of 2016, the mission was to serve the city with collaborative art experiences through the craft of choral music-making. Choral music greatly benefits from the cross-pollination which takes place with other artistic mediums (painting, dance, theater, etc.). The goal was to link arms with other arts organizations to make a positive contribution to the aesthetical life of our city. The Choral Artisans are grateful for another opportunity this winter and spring to collaborate with the Brooks & Bourke Musical Theatre Company on the production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame. In the midst of a feature animation renaissance in the early 1990s, the storytellers at Disney Animation set out to break new ground with their next animated feature by turning for inspiration to Victor Hugo's classic gothic novel. The resulting 1996 film produced a score by composer Alan Menken and lyricist Stephen Schwartz that was quickly called to life onstage. This particular onstage production will be a collaborative effort with performances set for May 9-11 & 16-18 at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church. I had the opportunity to sit down with Stephen Brooks and Ted Bourke to discuss how their musical theatre company came to be part of the arts community in Indy.