Musical “Next to Normal” to open Feb. 15


Northwestern State University Theatre and Dance will present the musical “Next to Normal” Feb. 15-19 and 21-24 in Theatre West. Show time is 7:30 p.m. except on Feb. 19 when there will be a matinee performance at 2 p.m. Pia Wyatt is the director.

Tickets to each show are $15, $12 for children and seniors. Northwestern State, BPCC@NSU and Louisiana School for Math, Science and the Arts students are admitted free with a current student I.D. Reservations are required and can be made by calling (318) 357-4483.

“Next to Normal”with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, takes an unflinching look how one suburban household struggles with crisis and mental illness. It is an emotional powerhouse that addresses a grieving loss, ethics in modern psychiatry and coping with suburban life.

The cast is Jessi Miller of Mansfield as Diana, Luke Matherne of Monroe as Dan, Marissa McMickens of Pineville as Natalie, Michael Carrier of Lafayette as Gabe, Denzel Dawson of Gray as Dr. Fine/Madden and Thomas Hadzeriga of Edmond, Oklahoma as Henry.

Annie Wright of Belle Chasse is stage manager. Assistant stage managers are Addison Hinson and Jade Duthu of Marrero and Nicholas Hebert of Larose.