The Joel Barlow spring musical is “The Hunchback of Notre Dame” and will run May 19 – 21.  It is the first time Barlow has produced two musicals in the same school year following the successful production of “Oklahoma!” last fall.  

The production is directed by Matthew Farina, who has been involved in numerous productions at the high school over the years and is also a teacher at Redding Elementary School.

Barlow theatre students rehearse for spring musical. – Courtesy of jbhs_theatre Instagram

Over 30 students are hard at work at rehearsals either practicing lines and staging, learning music, or working behind the scenes building props, designing the lighting or preparing costumes. The parents, community members, and the Joel Barlow High School Performing Arts Booster Club are also diligently supporting the students with ticket sales, advertising, program design, costume alterations and booster events.  

The Booster events taking place across the Easton and Redding communities are important for the legacy of the theatre program at the high school.  Productions cost money to produce, and those involved want to keep the program healthy both financially and through continued interest from, and opportunities for, students for many years to come.

The centerpiece of the set will be a recreation of one of Notre Dame Cathedral’s famous rose windows.  This set piece is currently under construction, and all those involved are eagerly awaiting its completion before being hoisted high over the stage. 

The actual rose windows in Paris were saved and intact after a damaging fire broke out in the cathedral in 2019, just over four years to the day of opening night at Barlow. The Joel Barlow production has pledged to make a donation towards the rebuilding of the actual cathedral in France, which is scheduled to re-open to visitors in late 2024.

Join us for a great evening of entertainment and to support the arts at Joel Barlow High School.

Shows are Friday, May 19 at 7 p.m., Saturday, May 20 at 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Sunday May 21 at 2 p.m. 

Tickets can be purchased online at

We look forward to seeing you at Barlow’s production of “The Hunchback of Notre Dame.”  

Photos courtesy of Matthew Farina

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