A Kidderminster drama group have promised to deliver an "epic" show as they prepare to take a Disney classic to the stage. 

Kidderminster Operatic and Dramatic Society (KODS) will be opening the doors of the world-famous Cathedral de Notre Dame at The Rose Theatre this March in their "most ambitious production yet". 

Based on the novel by Victor Hugo, The Hunchback of Notre Dame tells the story of Quasimodo, the hunchbacked bell ringer imprisoned by his master, and his journey to freedom. 

But when the bewitching Esmeralda arrives in Paris, his whole world is turned upside down in an epic tale of love and loss. 

Kidderminster Shuttle: Some of the cast from KODS Some of the cast from KODS (Image: Paul Hickey)

Director Chris Passey, who is from Bromsgrove, said: "It's been an honour to take the helm of this true giant of musicals.

"With the case and creative team totalling more than 50 dedicated and talented individuals, including a 10-piece orchestra, do everything you can to get a ticket." 

The story has more famously been turned into a popular Disney film featuring music by Alan Menken and Stephen Schwartz.

The cast, who come from all over Worcestershire, have been rehearsing since October with KODS also offering a BSL-interpreted performance for the first time on the Saturday matinee. 

Kidderminster Shuttle: There will be a BSL-interpreted show for the first time There will be a BSL-interpreted show for the first time (Image: Paul Hickey)

Mr Passey added: "My creative producer and co-director Jo and I have always wanted a show about disability to be inclusive and we're incredibly proud to bring Hunchback to a wider and more diverse audience through the BSL interpreted performance." 

Performances will run at The Rose Theatre from Monday, March 18 to Saturday, March 23 at 7.30pm. 

There is also a Saturday matinee performance at 2.30pm on March 23. 

Tickets are available from The Rose Theatre box office by calling 01562 743745 or online at www.rosetheatre.co.uk 

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