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, Jay Dodge has won several Jesse Richardson Theatre Awards including seven nominations for the Critic’s Choice Award for Innovation. His artistry is one of innovation and daring, demonstrated in his one-man show about conflict photography featuring interactive video, stunt rigging and verbatim text, Photog.  Jay’s playwriting is characterized by a balance compelling content with dynamic forms. Other examples include Red Phone, an iterative project that dramatically shifts the relationship of the audience to the playwright through the technology of a telephone and video prompter; large scale, site specific works such a Vasily the Luckless co-written with James Fagan Tait which engaged the geography of the performance’s journey as a central collaborator in the dramaturgy and design; and My Dad, My Dog which leveraged the world of Jay White’s animation in taking the audience on a journey to the most sequestered kingdom on earth, North Korea. Currently serving on the national board of the Professional Association of Canadian Theatres (PACT), Jay is also a co-founder of PL1422 and has special interest in creative space making.  He has consulted with several local BC companies including the Playwrights Theatre Centre and Gateway Theatre for their strategic and facility planning.

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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