It’s not called the New Paradigm Theatre for nothing.
The Stamford-based non-profit company’s production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” includes a disabled character playing the role of Quasimodo. Patrick Tombs was born with arthrogryposis, which causes atrophied muscles and stiff limbs.
And though the novel and musical are thought to be male-driven, New Paradigm emphasizes the strengths and talents of women — onstage and off — to tell a story of love and hope.
Westporters don’t have to go far to see this intriguing show. It’s August 18 and 19, at Fairfield Theatre Company’s Warehouse space.
That’s right around the corner too for Scott Bryce. The Emmy-nominated actor (and 1976 Staples High School graduate) co-directs the show with his wife, Jodi Stevens.
It’s also close for Westporter Paul Bogaev and Westonite Scarlet Tanzer. This is the 3rd New Paradigm show for both. They were in previous productions of “Oliver” and “Peter Pan.”
New Paradigm is known for non-traditional and inventive casting. Besides Tombs, “Hunchback” features several actors with special needs or disabilities, and performers of many cultural backgrounds.
Cast members range from 8 to 75 years old. Broadway pros work alongside local adult and youth actors.
For “Hunchback,” Bryce and company are partnering with the CT Burns Care Foundation, to raise money and awareness. Like Quasimodo, burn victims are often treated like outsiders.
New Paradigm is an important part of the local arts scene. Just as importantly, it’s a theatre with a social conscience.
(“The Hunchback of Notre Dame” will be performed on Saturday, August 18 at 3 and 8 p.m., and Sunday, August 19 at 1 p.m., at Fairfield Theatre Company. Click here for tickets and more information.)