FIlipino plays lead role of Quasimodo in “The Hunchback of Notre Dame”

TOMS RIVER, NJ — Playing the role of Quasimodo was a dream come true for Filipino American actor/singer Jared Martin.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a musical based on the gothic novel by French writer Victor Hugo, who also wrote the novel Les Miserables.

This musical showcased the Academy award-nominated score from Disney’s animated film version.

“I’m feeling very exhilarated, sad that it’s over, but also very excited and very inspired to do more shows from here on out,” said Martin.

Martin says playing a deformed bell-ringer for 2 hours was not easy.

“Everything from the voice, to mastering of the voice, to master the way I stand, and being able to sing in that position it was quite a challenge, every single day from day 1 I was hunched overtaking just like Quasimodo,” he said.

For Martin, volunteering for community theater is his way of giving back to his community in Toms River.

“Through community theater, just like singing in church, or singing at nursing homes,any wayy you can give back to the community when you have a talent, give back to god, give back to community.”

“It’s a beautiful show, I mean I’ve seen it in cartoons, but it’s something different when you’re really actually seeing it live, and they all did a wonderful job,” said Rosmaric Pinlac.

Just like Quasimodo, Martin is trying to see what’s out there in the musical stage world for the first time.

The classically trained singer says his dream role is to play the lead in Phantom of the Opera on Broadway.

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