Auditions for "Next to Normal" at Northfield Arts Guild Scheduled in May

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Auditions for Next to Normal, the rock and roll musical story with book by Brian Yorkey, music by Tom Kitt and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, are coming up in May.The show is about a suburban mother with bipolar disorder and the effects of her illness on her family

The Northfield Arts Guild is committed to building a creative and dynamic theater that celebrates individual differences and diversity and treats everyone with fairness and respect. The Guild encourages all – beginners or established artists – to audition for roles and to volunteer for technical positions.

This is part of The Guild's 2017-18 Striking Conversations Theater Season.  Eric Parrish, and opens will direct it July 27, 2018.

Audition Dates and Times:
Monday, May 14 and Tuesday, May 15
Women:  6:30 pm (Plan to be potentially be called back to match with the men around 8:30.)
Men:  7:30 pm (We’ll start when the women are through.)

No need to register in advance.

Audition Location:
Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third Street W, Northfield

Audition Requirements:

  • Actors should prepare 36-bars of an up-tempo contemporary/rock style ballad–doesn’t have to be musical theater.  If this doesn’t demonstrate your ability to belt, the director is open to hearing anything that does.
  •  Bring sheet music for the accompanist.

Rehearsal information: 

  • Rehearsals are tentatively scheduled to begin May 29th, for sure by June 4th.  Tech week begins July 20/21 and mandatory dress rehearsals begin July 23.

Performance Dates, Times and Location:

  •  July 27 opening.  Fri-Sun, July 27-29 and Thurs-Sun, August 2-5, 2018
  • Thursday, Fridays & Saturdays at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2pm
  • Northfield Arts Guild Theater, 411 Third Street W, Northfield

Summary of show:

Next to Normal, with Music by Tom Kitt and Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey, is a contemporary sing-through musical that explores how one suburban household copes with crisis. With provocative lyrics and an electrifying score, this 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact.

Character breakdown:

DIANA
Delusional, bipolar, and depressed. The sexiness of her yesterdays has only recently begun to soften. She is determined to make her family perfect but is tortured by a death in the family.
Gender: Female
Able to play age: 40 to 45
Vocal range top: F#5 – Vocal range bottom: G

GABE
Diana & Dan’s son. Dashing, athletic, and bright. He is a playful man and everything a mother could imagine.
Gender:  Male
Able to play age: 18 to 21
Vocal range top: C5 – Vocal range bottom: B2

DAN
Diana’s husband. He is handsome and genuine. Though a constant in Diana’s tumultuous life, he has grown tired and weary of her antics.
Gender:  Male
Able to play age:  40 to 45
Vocal range top: B4 – Vocal range bottom: Ab2

NATALIE
Diana & Dan’s troubled daughter. An accomplished pianist and hardworking student, her struggles are exacerbated by her mother’s behavior. She greatly admires Henry.
Gender: Female
Able to play age:  16
Vocal range top: G5 – Vocal range bottom: G3

HENRY
Natalie’s classmate. The all-around musician, philosopher, and slacker. He has an intoxicating capacity for sympathy and romance.
Gender: Male
Able to play age:  17
Vocal range top: B4 – Vocal range bottom: G#2

DR. MADDEN
Diana’s handsome psychiatrist. Quite assured in his practice and considered somewhat of a rock star.
Gender: Male
Able to play age:  30+
Vocal range top: A4 – Vocal range bottom: A2

Many thanks to The Guild's 2017-18 Theater Season Sponsors:  Neuger Communications Group and Engage Printing.