NEXT TO NORMAL – May 22-24 & 29-31, 2015

The Hoogland Center for the Arts and Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois are pleased to present the Springfield area premiere of NEXT TO NORMAL. The show was chosen as “one of the year’s ten best shows” by critics around the country in 2009, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times. 

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.

This deeply moving piece of theatre provides a wonderful opportunity for performers to explore dramatic material and showcase vocal talents with an energetic pop/rock score. Next To Normal is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.

The Hoogland's production will be directed by Carly Shank. 

Staff List:
Accompanist - Dave Barnes
Dramaturg - Leigh Steiner
Music Director - Mary Myers
Stage Manager - Bridget Ratz
Costumes - Jen Allen
Lighting - Kevin Zepp
Sound - Damien Grimm

Cast List:
Diana: Mary Kate Smith
Gabe: Geoff Leathers
Natalie: Sydney Assalley
Dan: Kellen Fant
Henry: Reggie Guyton
Dr. Madden, Dr. Fine and Others: Rich Beans 

Tickets are $18 for adults and $16 for seniors over 60 and students. Call 523-2787, or log on to www.hcfta, to purchase tickets.

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