Don't get the hump if you miss out on playing one of the most famous characters in the history of literature.

That is the message to people who want to show off their vocal talents after a theatre group started the search for Quasimodo, Esmeralda and a choir of strong singers.

Having just finished their very successful run of Snow White at The Marina Theatre, Lowestoft, the Lowestoft Players are already planning their next musical production - The Hunchback of Notre Dame.

As the bells of Notre Dame sound through the famed cathedral in 15th-century Paris, Quasimodo - the deformed bellringer - longs to be observing all of Paris.

Held captive by his devious caretaker, the archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo, he escapes for the day and joins the boisterous crowd, only to be treated cruelly by all but the beautiful Romani woman, Esmeralda.

Quasimodo isn’t the only one captivated by her free spirit though, the handsome Captain Phoebus and Frollo are equally enthralled.

Lowestoft Journal: The Hunchback of Notre Dame artworkThe Hunchback of Notre Dame artwork (Image: Stephen Wilson)

With the classical story to be staged at the Players Theatre in May, the production team is looking for characters plus a cast of strong singers.

Director Stephen Wilson said: "We definitely need strong singers for this production.

"Soprano, Alto, Tenor and Bass – we need the lot.

Lowestoft Journal: Stephen WilsonStephen Wilson (Image: Emma Cullen)

"This will be the first production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame in the eastern region, and we are delighted to be showcasing it at Britain’s most easterly theatre."

An initial pre-audition singing workshop for all potential cast members will be held on Tuesday, February 7 at 7.15pm at the Players Theatre, Battery Green Road, Lowestoft.

The workshop will also provide more information about the show and provide singers with the opportunity to learn the audition songs.

Choir auditions will be held on Saturday, February 11 between 2.30pm and 5pm, also at the Players Theatre.

For those wishing to audition for one of the principal characters, these will be held at the Players Theatre on February 12 with registration at 9.30am for a prompt 10am start.

To register interest to join the cast and book an audition time email or phone 07762 137 865.

The show will run for 10 performances from May 19 to May 27.

To book tickets visit the Players Theatre Box Office – or call 01502 770020.