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Season 74 Playhouse Family

The mission of the Lincoln Community Playhouse is to positively transform the lives of individuals and profoundly change our community by providing the finest quality theatre experience in both process and production.




Next to Normal Auditions

Next to Normal Auditions set for January

Auditions for Next to Normal will be held on January 26 and 27 from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sign up beginning on January 5 for a one hour time slot at Callbacks will be on January 28.

Men: Please bring a prepared power ballad (16-32 bars) that demonstrates range and falsetto.

Women: Please bring a prepared song (16-32 bars) that demonstrates ability to belt.

You may sing from Next to Normal.

An accompanist will be provided.

The Playhouse has now added the option of downloading Audition Sheets ahead of time! Go to "Get Involved" "Audition Sheets" to download a pdf. Fill out and bring to the registration table. (Audition Sheets will also be available at the registration upon arrival).

Next to Normal contains adult situations and language. Cast under the age of 18 will be required to have signed parental consent.

Next to Normal, with music by Tom Kitt and book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey, is a Pulitzer and Tony Award winning show. It features a rock beat and explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness.

Next to Normal 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.

Character Breakdown (note the ages listed indicate the age range not the actual age range of the actor):

DAN, Diana's husband. He is handsome and genuine. Though a constant in Diana's tumultuous life, he has grown tired and weary of her antics.
Male, 40-45 yrs old
Range: Ab2 - B4

DIANA, Delusional, bipolar, and depressed. The sexiness of her yesterdays has only recently begun to soften. She is determined to make her family perfect but is tortured by a death in the family.
Female, 40-45 yrs old
Range: G3 - F#5

DR. MADDEN, Diana's handsome psychiatrist. Quite assured in his practice and considered somewhat of a rock star.
Male, 30-40 yrs old
Range: A2 - A4

GABE, Diana & Dan's son. Dashing, athletic, and bright. He is a playful man and everything a mother could imagine.
Male, 18-21 yrs old
Range: B2 - C5

HENRY, Natalie's classmate. The all-around musician, philosopher, and slacker. He has an intoxicating capacity for sympathy and romance.
Male, 17 yrs old
Range: G#2 - B4

NATALIE, Diana & Dan's troubled daughter. An accomplished pianist and hardworking student, her struggles are exacerbated by her mother's behavior. She greatly admires Henry.
Female, 16 yrs old
Range: G3 - G5