NEXT TO NORMAL - ShenanArts Non Equity Auditions

Posted: December 17, 2013
Audition Location: Staunton, VA

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AUDITION Information



Music by Tom Kitt

Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey

Directed by Greg A. Beam

Music Direction by Christian Storm Burks

Performance Dates: May 2-4, 9-11 2014



NEXT TO NORMAL is a Pulitzer-Prize winning pop/rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt tells the story of a mother, Diane Goodman, who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. This contemporary musical is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life. With provocative lyrics and a thrilling score, this musical shows how far two parents will go to keep themselves sane and their family’s world intact.


NEXT TO NORMAL is a deeply moving piece of theatre that will provide a wonderful opportunity for performers to explore dramatic material and showcase vocal talents with an energetic pop/rock score.


NEXT TO NORMAL was nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2009 and won three: Best Original Score, Best Orchestration and Best Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical (Alice Ripley). It became the eighth musical to win Tony Awards and also win a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, following on the heels of “Rent” in 1996.



Auditions will begin promptly at 1pm – Saturday, January 11, 2014

Audition Location: ShenanArts at the nTelos Theatre

300 Churchville Ave, Staunton, VA. 24401

Please be there early to sign up! Doors open at 12noon.

Call-backs will be at 1pm, Sunday, January 12 


If you have any questions and/or are interested in auditioning – however are unable to attend Saturday, January 11 – please contact the director, Greg Beam @



Prepare a vocal selection, preferably 15-20 bars long, showing your range in a modern show. Bring sheet music in your key; an accompanist will be provided. CD tracks with no lead vocals will be permitted at this audition.

There will be a dance audition. Please wear something you can move well in.

You may be asked to sing and/or read from the script.

All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Non-traditional casting will be considered.


The callback audition will involve dancing as well as singing from the score.

Callbacks will be held Sunday, January 12 at 1pm. 




*** The role of DIANE has been cast. ****


DAN – (able to play 30-40 years old) Diana's husband and father to Gabe and Natalie. An architect, he is handsome and genuine and constantly tired. He provides a constant support for his family as he fights to keep his wife's mind and illness stable. A belabored, dedicated father> Vocal range - High baritone/tenor to A.


GABE - (able to play 18-21 years old) Diana and Dan's son, he is dashing, gentle, bright and playful. He can be both an angel and a demon to his mother, who idolizes him as a superhero. Vocal range - rock tenor to a B with a falsetto and comfortable mix.


NATALIE - (able to play 16 years old) Diana and Dan's daughter. She is attractive, strong and tries to be perfect. She is a classically trained pianist who takes refuge in the practice room. Vocal range - belt/mix to an E


HENRY- (able to play 17 years old) He is a jazz musician, romantic, stoner, slacker philosopher king. A classmate of Natalie and eventually her boyfriend, he supports her during one of the roughest times in her life. Vocal range High baritone/tenor to an A


DOCTOR MADDEN / DOCTOR FINE - (able to play 30 years old) Diana's doctor - assured, a rock star of psychiatry - 'on the young side' of ageless. Vocal range - high baritone/tenor to A with a rock sound


 Please email any questions to

Thank you, and we hope to see you at auditions! 


ShenanArts at The nTelos Theatre

300 Churchville Ave, Staunton,  VA. 24401 | 540.712.0001

30030300 Chur

Box Office Hours:

Wednesdays: 1:30pm - 5:30pm

Fridays: 10:30am - 2:30pm

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