or The Bell Ringer of Our Lady of Paree

With the generous support of the Vancouver Opera and the Squamish Nation


First published over 150 years ago, Hugo’s story is just as pertinent today. With the recent Paris riots and the latest transgression of sanctuary to arrest an Iranian refugee from Vancouver’s own St. Michael’s Anglican Church, issues of immigration as they relate to civil rights and class are more relevant than ever.

To celebrate its 10th anniversary season, Boca del Lupo produced its fifth free, outdoor, all-ages roving spectacular in 2008. With the generous support of the Vancouver Opera, the Squamish Nation and a multi-talented cast and crew, Boca del Lupo delighted thousands with an adaptation of Victor Hugo’s Notre Dame de Paris set amongst the high foundational arches that support the Burrard Street Bridge, burned out cars, and old plastic, the production reflected more a Paris during the race riots of 2006 than the era of Hugo’s novel but the themes of discrimination and abuse of power sing through and highlight how in many ways, so little has changed.

Creative Team

Sherry J. Yoon, Artistic Director of Boca del Lupo, is a theatre creator and director with a passion for creating new performances through collaborative pursuits. With Boca del Lupo, Sherry has co-created more than 35 productions, including: Fall Away Home, an intergenerational site-specific production in the forest of Stanley Park; Photog, a large-scale show that toured across Canada and was created with interviews from prominent conflict photographers; and You Are It, as part of the Silver commissions from the Arts Club Theatre that investigates the complex dynamics between female friendships. During Sherry’s tenure, the company has received numerous awards, including the Rio Tinto Alcan Performing Arts Award, and Jessie Awards for Outstanding Production, Design, Actor, Ensemble, as well as the Critic’s Choice Innovation Award. Her productions have toured festivals and venues across Canada, Europe and Mexico.  She co-created an online exhibition of Expedition, an iterative collaboration between Boca del Lupo and the Performance Corporation, and working on Net Zero, an interactive theatre installation about climate change that involves the audience charging a battery with a stationary bicycle. She is also a freelance director who has worked at the Richmond Gateway Theatre, Bard on the Beach, the Vancouver International Children’s Festival and at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa Canada.

Sherry J Yoon

Jay Dodge


The Artistic Producer of Boca del Lupo since 2001, Jay Dodge was also part of the founding collective in 1996. During his tenure, the company has won the peer-assessed Alcan Performing Arts Award, and several Jesse Richardson Theatre Awards including seven nominations for the Critic’s Choice Award for Innovation and the Patrick O’Neill Award for best anthology with Plays2Perform@Home. Jay is a passionate set and video designer with Jessie Richardson Awards in both of those categories as well as a published playwright including a contribution to Boca del Lupo’s Red Phone project. His artistry is one of innovation and daring and his one man show, PHOTOG. featured interactive video, stunt rigging and verbatim text, touring to World Stage, Prismatic, Festival Trans Amerique and PuSh. Currently serving on the national board of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres, Jay also has special interest in creative space making including as co-founder of celebrated colocation space PL1422, co-founder of the Granville Island Theatre District, and as project consultant for Video In/Video Out and Left of Main.

Jay Dodge

Playwright James Fagan Tait Composer Patrick Pennefather
Performers Billy Marchenski, Gemma Issac, Shane Snow, Sarah May Redmond, Dawn Petten, Sarah Donald, Brian Sutton, Victor Mariano, Patrick Pennefather Vancouver Opera Chorus Members Sheila Christie and Sandra Stringer Costume Design Reva Quam Additional Choreographic Elements Tara Cheyenne Friedenberg Stage Manager Dorothy Jenkins Assistant Director Rachel Peake Assistant to the Director Hazel Venzon General Manager Hilary Davis

“It is so exciting to have the support of the Vancouver Opera on this production. It’s an enormous leap of faith for them to work with a small company that specializes in new creation and it speaks volumes about their commitment to remaining a vital artistic force in our city.”

– Sherry J Yoon, Artistic Director

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