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Dear Hunchback of Notre Dame Patron,

Due to Covid 19, and the uncertainty as to when social distancing rules will be lifted, The Bannerman Castle Trust and the Putnam County Chorale regretfully are going to postpone our production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame until June 18, 19 and 20, 2021. It is heartbreaking that after two years of planning this production and assembling an outstanding team of actors and artistic personnel that we have had to make this difficult decision. We want to thank the artistic staff and our team of professional Equity and Hudson Valley Actors and choir performers for their hard work to present the show this season. However, for the public safety, we feel this is the best way to handle this extremely challenging situation.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame Concerts that were scheduled at The United Methodist Church in Brewster on April 26, 2020 and the concert at St Luke Episcopal Church in Beacon, have been canceled this year and will be rescheduled to similar dates in 2021. (Dates to be announced)

If you have purchased tickets to the Bannerman Island performance of Hunchback of Notre Dame, there are three options for your tickets:

  1. We can reschedule you for one of the 2021 dates.
  2. You can use your tickets for any upcoming Bannerman Tour or event.
  3. We can offer you a refund. You will need to contact us by phone at 845-203-1316
  4. You can donate your tickets to The Bannerman Castle Trust for the preservation of Bannerman Island.

As soon as the Covid 19 pandemic is under control and social distancing rules have been lifted, we plan to open for the 2020 season. We hope that you are all well and safe.

I can be reached at 845-831-6346.

Neil Caplan
Executive Director and Founder
The Bannerman Castle Trust

*Postponed until further notice.  All current guests will be notified when the new date(s) are scheduled.
Runtime: 2 hours with a 15-minute intermission
June 18, 19, and 20, 2021
Show begins at 7:45 PM

The Bannerman Castle Trust, Inc. and The Putnam Chorale is proud to announce the staging of

From the Oscar-winning composer team Alan Menken (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid) & Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin) comes a lushly scored retelling of Victor Hugo’s (author of Les Miserables) epic story of love, acceptance, and what it means to be a hero.

THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME  Directed by Neil Jacob Caplan, assisted by Kelly Ellenwood. Musical Co-Direction by Douglas Anderson (Putnam Chorale) and Dan Walker. Production Design by Neil Caplan.

The cast is led by Broadway veteran Craig Schulman (Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, 1776), as the tortured Dom Claude Frollo. Jack Cappadona is the big-hearted bell ringer Quasimodo, Olivia Clavel-Davis portrays the ravishing and resilient Esmeralda, Leo Grinberg is the overconfident yet principled Captain Phoebus de Martin, and Graeme McEneany performs as Clopin Trouillefou, King of the Gypsies. Also cast as a congregation of tour-de-force storytellers that narrates THE HUNCHBACK OF NOTRE DAME are Michael Bonanno (Lieutenant Frederic Charlus); Kelly Ellenwood; Juliana Giannasca; Goldee Greene; Brandon Mancuso (Jehan Frollo); Glen Macken (St. Aphrodisius); James Gerard Russo; and Andrea Marie Fennell (Florika).

Schulman, Grinberg and Ellenwood appear courtesy of Actors’ Equity.

The Hunchback of Notre Dame is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.

Return trip departs Bannerman Island at 10PM

Return trip departs Bannerman Island at 11PM


The First United Methodist Church, 81 Main Street, Brewster NY.  TBD Tickets available at

St Luke Episcopal Church, 850 Wolcott Ave, Beacon, NY.  TBD

July 25 & 26, 2020

*Postponed until further notice.  All current guests will be notified when the new date(s) are scheduled.

HUDSON VALLEY SHAKESPEARE FESTIVAL returns to Bannerman Island for its sixth season on Bannerman Island with outstanding performances at the Helen Bannerman Garden Theatre. Scandal abounds in Shakespeare’s hilarious, biting comedy about lies, courtship, and the chaos created in pursuit of true love. The famous bantering lovers, Benedick and Beatrice, trade barbs while matching wits (and hearts) in this celebrated romantic romp.

Past Events

September 20, 21, & 29, 2019
September 28th – SOLD OUT

Bannerman Castle Trust presents Theatre on the Road in Dracula by Crane Johnson.
by Crane Johnson

Everyone is familiar with the dark tale of Dr. Seward, his fiancée, Lucy, and their mysterious neighbor, Count Dracula, but here the events take on intensified effect through the heightened action and simplified staging of this fast-moving new version. This is the first play performed at night on Bannerman Island.

ARSENIC AND OLD LACE – Held over by popular demand!
August 3rd

These sisters really have a secret!
The comic mayhem of Arsenic and Old Lace, Joseph Kesseling’s most famous play, has made it a true classic. Much like Abby and Martha’s secret “arsenic” recipe, the combination of screwball comedy and gothic chills is a potent mix, sure to send a few delicious shivers up your spine – but don’t worry, we promise you won’t die laughing.

July 13 & 14

Bannerman Castle Trust presents Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival in William Shakespeare’s Julius Caesar.

A charismatic war hero on the brink of kingship, Caesar is celebrated by the people of Rome — but mistrusted by some of his closest friends who fear his popularity will throw the country into chaos. Plots are hatched and factions emerge, and in the end, 23 daggers and the fall of a few guilty players lead The People to violent justice. The immersive, 90-minute production, will help bring this anachronistic tale of betrayal to life.

Bannerman Castle Trust Sponsors

Past Performances

The Bannerman Castle Trust 
  • 1776, featured Broadway veterans, Craig Schulman and Kelly Ellenwood
  • The American Soldier featured Douglas Taurel
  • Rex Harrison in Hollywood featured Carry Harrison
Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival
  •  Hamlet
  • Romeo and Juliet
  • Macbeth featured Nance Williamson
  • An Illiad featured Kurt Rhodes
  • Julius Caesar
Just Off Broadway
  •  Camelot featured Broadway veterans, Craig Schulman and Marni Raab
  • Man of La Mancha featured Broadway Veterans, Mark Jacobi
  • Brigadoon
  • Godspell
Theatre on the Road
  • Dracula
  • War of the Worlds
  • Whiskey Woman
  • Poe’s Last Mystery


An Illiad


American Soldier

Whiskey Woman


Broadway at the Howland Center



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