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Next to Normal

Music by Tom Kitt
Book & Lyrics by Brian Yorkey

Directed by Joy Lamberton-Arcolano
Music directed by Karin Denison
Choreographed by Alexander Davis

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Next to Normal, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles TimesThe Washington PostRolling Stone and The New York Times. (Credit: MTI

Performances of Next to Normal are April 19, 20, 21, 26, and 27 @ 8pm, and April 22 and 28 @ 2pm.

Audition Information

General Auditions:

  • Tuesday, December 12, 7-10pm
  • Wednesday, December 13, 7-10pm
  • Thursday, December 14, 7-10pm


  • Sunday, December 17, 12-8pm (exact times TBD)


Auditions will be held at Chelsea Theatre Works, 189 Winnisimmet St., Chelsea MA.

Preparing for auditions:

  • Sign up for a one-hour audition slot using this form.
  • Please fill out this audition form and bring it with you to the audition.
  • Please bring a headshot and resume to the initial audition, if available.
  • Prepare 32 bars of an up-tempo number in the style of the show (rock-pop) that showcases your vocal range.
  • Prepare one monologue of 60-90 seconds. You may be asked to read this after your vocal selection.

Please bring sheet music to the audition; an accompanist will be provided. Callbacks may include a dance or movement portion.

If you need to cancel or change your audition slot, you can do so directly through the sign-up form. For any questions or to request more information, please contact Vilas Sridharan ( via email as soon as possible.

Cast of characters

6 total: 2 female, 4 male

Diana : Female, 35-45

Attractive, quick-witted, and delusional bipolar depressive. She’s trying to hold it all together. Strong-willed and determined despite her depression. Vocal range: G3 – F#5, mezzo-sop, belt.

Dan: Male, 40-49

Diana’s husband. Patient, kind, but exhausted from issues within his family. Underneath it all there’s a sense that he’s passive-aggressive despite his humble surface. Vocal range: Ab2 – B4, tenor, rock sound.

Gabe: Male, 15-29

To play 18. Diana’s son. Charming, fun, carefree, and everything a mother could want. Has a touch of darkness and manipulation to him. Vocal range: B2 – C5, tenor, rock-star sound.

Natalie: Female, 15-29

To play 16. Diana’s daughter. An over-achiever craving attention and getting none. Trying too hard to be perfect. Moody, sarcastic, and frustrated. Bonus skill: piano-playing.  Vocal range: G3 – G5, mezzo-sop, belt.

Henry: Male, 15-29

To play 17. Natalie’s love interest. Romantic, a stoner, lazy, but loveable with a bit of a philosopher to him. Supportive; probably the wisest and most grounded character in the show. Vocal range: G#2 – B4, tenor, milder tone than Gabe.

Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine (Supporting): Male, 30-59

Played by the same actor. Dr. Fine is Diana’s psychopharmacologist; practical to the point of being cold. Dr. Madden is Diana’s psychiatrist; a “rock star”, savior, and confident. Vocal range: A2 – A4, tenor, should have a rock sound.


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.

Rehearsal Schedule

Rehearsals will begin Monday, March 5 and will be held Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday evenings from 7-10p and Sunday afternoons from 2:30-5:30p. Actors must be available for tech all day Sat April 14 and Sun April 15 and every night April 16-18. Performances are April 19, 20, 21, 26, and 27 @ 8pm, and April 22 and 28 @ 2pm.

Depending on your role, you may not be required to be present at every rehearsal. The schedule will be planned with care to ensure that you are only called when needed for that particular night’s scene work. Please be sure to list all conflicts on the audition form.