SAAC is pleased to announce that D. Brent Miller will join the creative team for the summer production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” as visiting music director. Miller joins director/choreographer Kristen Blossom at the helm of this musically and culturally rich production, which opens in July.
Miller, who hails from Warren and is currently the director of the Sheridan High School Theater Department, is enthusiastic about taking on the musically challenging production. He will serve as music director for both the traditional cast and “Congregation” ensemble, as well as the “Cathedral Choir” of high-church-inspired singers. The fusion of both theatrical and choral music provides fertile ground for creativity for singers of many backgrounds and many experience levels.
“The score of the Broadway production provides a color palette for the creative team to paint this story with sensitivity, and, on occasion, epic scale,” said Miller. “My hope is that the production will masterfully put this story in front of an audience to share these circumstances, which have been a part of life since before the story was published in 1831.”
Miller is an experienced actor, singer, and director, and he is no stranger to the SAAC stage. A graduate of the University of Arkansas at Monticello, he previously served as music director for SAAC’s productions of “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” and “South Pacific”, and he appeared as the Scarecrow in “Wizard of Oz”. In the intervening years, he has been active in productions with the Argenta Community Theater, The Weekend Theater, and The Royal Players.
“Brent is going to be a wonderful addition to the team this summer,” said executive director Laura Allen. “He brings a wealth of experience in both the theatrical and choral music worlds that will translate beautifully into his musical vision for this project.”
Stop by SAAC on Saturday, May 18 to meet Miller and the other members of the creative team beginning at 4 pm at the Congregation and Choir Mixer in the gallery. Audition materials will be available. “The Hunchback of Notre” Dame is sponsored by Murphy USA and will run July 18-28, with auditions beginning June 1 with a call for choir members and June 2-3 for actors, singers and dancers.