Auditions Announced for NEXT TO NORMAL at Footlighters, Inc.

An unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness. Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy, and heart.

Roles 4 Men, 2 Women

  • DIANA:  30s or 40s. Sexy. Sharp. Delusional bipolar depressive.
  • GABE Diana’s son. Almost 18. Dashing. Gentle. Bright. Playful. Everything a mother, etc.
  • DAN: Diana’s husband 30’s or 40’s. Handsome. Genuine. Constant. Tired.
  • NATALIE: Diana’s daughter. 16 and trying to be perfect. It’s not going well.
  • DR. MADDEN:  On the young side of ageless. Assured. A rock star. (Dr. Fine also played by the actor playing Dr. Madden.)
  • ENSEMBLE: This ensemble of individuals will help tell the story. They will fill numerous roles throughout the production, including Voices, Anesthesioologitst, Doctors, others all played by the company,  and a Psychopharmacologist.

Audition Dates

  • August 28, 1 p.m. – 6 p.m.
  • August 29, 6:45 p.m. – 10 p.m.
    Callbacks on August 31 @ 7 p.m.

Director: Kaleigh-Brooke Scheiding
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Music: Tom Kitt
Music director: Jon Scheiding
Choreographer: Maddy Weinkam
Producers: Amanda Marasch and Madeline Wilkerson

Production dates: Dec. 1-18

Audition Requirements
Please sign up for an audition slot. There will be an audition accompanist. We will be asking for songs from Next to Normal for your audition. The PDFs of your audition cut options can be found at this link, along with the audition form that must be filled out before auditioning. Please also prepare a 1-minute story about family challenges. This audition information can also be found on the website.

This production staff is committed to bringing together a diverse group of people dedicated to bringing this story to life and shining a light on the importance of mental health and family. We encourage performers of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, abilities, body types, and ages to submit an audition. We hope to unite a group of people looking to enhance the arts in our community. The listed age ranges are merely suggestions; no roles have been precast.

Health and Safety
Proof of vaccination is required during auditions. Masks are also required during the audition. You may remove your mask while singing and telling your story.

We look forward to seeing you there!


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