Starting 5/17/19, 7:30:00 pm: The Hunchback of Notre Dame

Janelle Lauer

About Me…

Janelle Lauer has been a staple in the music scene in Iowa for over two decades, after studying vocal performance at the University of Iowa, and music business at Belmont University in Nashville, TN. She has music directed over 40 shows for various theatres including The Old Creamery Theatre Company, Cornell College, the University of Iowa, and City Circle Acting Company, and over 20 shows at Theatre Cedar Rapids (including Rent, Les Miserables, Spring Awakening, and Next to Normal). A private voice coach by day, she is a founding member of SPT Theatre Company, performing regularly and serving as a producer for their well-followed “Tales From the Writer’s Room” series (which, if you haven’t seen it, it is the corridor’s answer to Saturday Night Live!) She performs nationally with the touring show “Divapalooza: Rippin’ the Roof Off!” has three studio albums available on iTunes and, is a Samuel French recording artist, and is music director at New Disciples Christian Church. She is thrilled to be back at her hometown theatre. “Thank you for your support of live theatre THROUGHOUT the corridor!”


My approach has always been to help performers grow through the process…..not just for the show, but for future shows as well. Every cast member should leave feeling like they learned something about themselves, about theater, or about their instrument.

Thoughts on Hunchback and Newsies

Hunchback has thrilled me since I first saw the movie with my kids! I left thinking, “Wow! That music is INCREDIBLE!” I still feel that way and can’t WAIT to be a part of it! Newsies is a fantastic show and I am super excited to be working with Patrick and Alvon on that. Both are challenging, for sure, in different ways. But every show is a challenge and I am honored that TCR has tasked me with bringing these monstrous and beautiful pieces to the stage.

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