Audition Announcement!

 

Next to Normal

Music by Tom Kitt, Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey

Directed by Matthew Weil

Audition Date: Monday, February 17th beginning at 6:30pm
Callbacks: As needed, by invitation only, to be held on Wednesday, February 19th

Performance Dates: May 7, 8, 9, 10, 13, 15, 16, 17, 20, 22, 23, 24, possible student matinee on May 20th.

The Ritz Theatre Company is currently accepting submissions (Ages 18 and over) for our upcoming production of Next to Normal. Rehearsals will be Sunday, Tuesday, and Thursday beginning on March 1st, tentatively. Please note that we cannot consider anyone with tech week or performance conflicts as we do not cast understudies. Tech week begins on May 3rd. Those wishing to audition should prepare a 16-32 bar cut in the style of the show. An accompanist will be provided. Absolutely no backing tracks or a capella singing will be permitted.

All those wishing to be considered for an audition should forward a headshot and resume to David M. Mooney-Todd, Casting Director at The Ritz Theatre Company, via email at ritztheatrecasting@gmail.com (Must have ‘Next to Normal Submission’ in subject line). Submission deadline is 5 p.m. on Friday, February 14, 2020

PLEASE NOTE: The role of Dan has been cast. All remaining roles are available. A small stipend will be available for each role. The Ritz Theatre Company is an equal opportunity employer.

THE STORY

Next to Normal is a Pulitzer Prize Award winner for Drama and winner of the 2008 Tony Award for Best Original Score. 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.

CHARACTERS

Diana: Late 30s to early 40s. Must be an excellent actress. Bipolar, manic, depressive. Attractive, quick witted. Vocal range G below middle C to high G – strong mix to a D

Natalie: Must READ 16 – Diana’s daughter, intelligent, brooding, reclusive, places an immense amount of pressure on herself. She craves her mother’s affection and attention and gets none. Vocal range G below middle C to high G – strong mix to E flat.

Gabe: Must READ 18 – Diana’s son, charismatic, energetic, antagonistic. Vocal range C (written middle C) to high A full voice and high D (above staff) falsetto.

Henry: Must READ 17. Natalie’s boyfriend, romantic, a musician, grounded, relaxed. A “stoner”. Vocal range low A below written middle C to high G full voice and high A falsetto.

Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine: Age range 35-50. Dr. Fine is a psychopharmacologist, practical, maybe a bit cold. Dr. Madden Diana’s psychiatrist, described in the script as a “rock star” in that way that doctors can be perceived as saviors, confident and unflappable. Sex appeal. Vocal ranges low A below written middle C to high A flat full voice.