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Next to Normal

We cannot wait to get back to creating musical theatre again. And while the world may never get back to what we have called "normal", we're hoping something Next to Normal will be okay. See you on stage in May 2022.

Learn more about this project and how you can audition to be a part of it below.

TLDR;

About the Show

Auditions

 

Mental Health Resources

About the show

Next to Normal is a Pulitzer Prize-winning theatre piece that in many ways reshaped the world of musical theatre when it debuted on Broadway in 2009. While it is technically classified as a “rock musical”, it addresses themes of mental health, suicide, and the use of controversial medical treatments.

 

The story centres around a family, where the Matriarch, Diana, is struggling with severe mental illness, and it explores the effects of her illness on her family. Diana has bipolar disorder, plagued with anxieties, mood swings and delusions that trace back to a family tragedy. During the course of the musical, Diana goes through a series of Doctors and treatments, which trigger the extremes of her illness. Her husband, Dan, struggles with not knowing how to properly care for his wife while avoiding his own confusion and depression. Her daughter, Natalie, deals with isolation and struggling to connect with her parents while living in the shadow of her brother, Gabe; as well as a budding romance with a fellow music student, Henry. Though the family strives to establish some sort of normality while seeking their own peace and happiness, the ties that bind slowly and inevitably unravel around them.

We are presenting Next to Normal through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI. www.mtishows.com

As Next to Normal deals with a variety of mental-health related topics, we have put together a list of resources for all those involved with the project, including our community. 

 
 

Auditions

While the theatre world is slowly coming back, we believe that is in the best interest and safety of our team as well as all the artists who choose to audition to hold the first two rounds of this process completely virtually

Please note that callbacks will be held in-person on October 16 and 17, 2021 and due to regulations around COVID-19 you will need to be two weeks out of your second vaccination in order to attend. Contact values diversity in race, disability, gender, sexuality, socio-economic background, faith and age, casting will be rooted in this belief and always be open and unbiased. Everyone is welcome and warmly encouraged to attend auditions.

This is a non-union production, however small honorariums will be given to performers.

Questions? Email us at auditions@contacttheatre.ca.

Round 1
August 28 to September 25

This round is officially closed! We are blown away by the talent we've seen and thank each artist for taking the time to submit.

Round 2
September 25 to October 9

Our team may want to meet you virtually to ask you some questions or see a bit more of what you can do.

This round may not apply to everyone.

Callbacks
October 16 & 17

Callbacks will be held in-person and will follow COVID-19 regulations set out by the CNESST. As a result, you must be at least 2-weeks out of your second vaccination in order to attend.

 

Our Team

We have put together an amazing team focused on creating our Next to Normal world. 

 
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Ally Brumer

Producer

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Emily Tilson

Stage Manager

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Evan Brown

Sound Designer

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Debora Friedmann

Director

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Michael Treder

Production Manager

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Kaylie Leitman

Production Assistant

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Giancarlo Scalia

Musical Director

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Nikki Mabias Melchor

Scenic Designer

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Erica Urrutia

Assistant Stage Manager

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Miles Keily-Baxter

Technical Director

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Christopher Wardell

Lighting Designer

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Evan Ellison

Assistant Stage Manager

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Frequently asked questions

Why this show?


The COVID-19 pandemic has forever shifted the ways in which we consume art, view the world, and most importantly, talk about and understand mental health. Ultimately, Next to Normal is a show about finding light in darkness and finding love in the face of loss. We aim to provide an experience by which artists, patrons and creators can be united in a communal experience that will help us all cope with our own experiences during this challenging time in human history.




How does this show fit within your mandate?


Our mandate is to push boundaries with our work and challenge audience's perception of what a musical could be. This project is truly the perfect example of a piece that goes beyond the limits of traditional musical theatre. For Contact this project is also an important opportunity to keep this awareness and focus on mental health as an ongoing discussion.




How are you going to manage with COVID-19?


We have been closely monitoring the Guidelines that have been published by the CNESST around Theatre and have used those to develop our own Health and Safety Guidelines that we will follow throughout the Production. As this is an ever-changing situation, the guidelines will be continuously updated to reflect any new directions that are published.




Do I have to be vaccinated in order to participate as a performer or production team member?


Due to the guidelines set forth by the CNESST and the local government you will be required to be fully vaccinated in order to enter our rehearsal and production venue(s) and so yes, you must be fully vaccinated in order to participate as a performer or production team members. Note that rules for audience members are different and we will be publishing guidelines around that closer to the Production.




How can I audition?


We're glad you asked! We encourage you to look at our Audition schedule above and then fill out this form to secure an audition.




How can I get involved with your Production team?


As we get closer to our show we will be putting out an additional call for crew to support us throughout the Production. Keep an eye on our channels!




I have more questions!


We're happy to answer any questions you may have. Feel free to email us directly at info@contacttheatre.ca. If your question is specific to auditions, please email us at auditions@contacttheatre.ca.