NSU Theatre Department Presents: Next to Normal

Photo Courtesy: NSU Website.

   On October 18 — 22, at 7:30 pm, NSU’s Theatre Department will put on the first show of the season in the Black Box Theater at the Johnson Fine Arts Center.
   The show, Next to Normal, is a rock musical dealing with drugs, psychology, mental illness, and how all of these can affect a middle class family.
   The show runs for close to two hours and really hits home in a way that many other musicals do not. If you saw Gideon’s Knot last Spring, it was not as intense as Next to Normal, but they share the same principles.
   This production looks at issues that the average person may be uncomfortable talking about or dealing with.
   In the Black Box Theater, the actors will not be on a stage that is raised above the audience, like in the main auditorium. Instead, actors will be less than three feet away from the audience at times, adding to a sense of immersion.
   Two of the actors in this production are making their Northern debuts. Freshman Michael Lytle plays Henry, the daughter’s boyfriend. Lytle says, “[Next to Normal] has a phenomenal cast, director, crew and is an amazing show altogether. I am having a blast working with amazing people, and I am incredibly excited to perform for my first Northern production!”
   The other student making her debut is sophomore Annie Woodmansey, who plays the daughter, Natalie. Woodmansey had this to say, “I am so honored that I get to work with some amazing people! The music is great, and I cannot wait for people to see all of our hard work!”
   Tickets are available online at http://www.northern.edu/artsnsu. Discounts and special offers can only be purchased at the new JFAC box office. Tickets are $18 but are free for all students who present their student ID at the time of purchase at the JFAC box office. Box office hours are Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, noon — 4 p.m. The box office opens two hours before the show begins.
   Seating is general admission and is based on a first come, first serve basis. While there are no bad seats in the house, the theater can only hold 120-140 people, so get your tickets fast!

Tyler Lanam