Next to Normal: A Staged Concert
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey | Music by Tom Kitt
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 Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.
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.
Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.
Youth Repertory Benefit Performance
Proceeds from ticket sales will benefit the FAC’s Youth Repertory Program. With your generous support, we will be able to continue providing the Pikes Peak region with the most comprehensive, focused and professional theatrical training for young thespians. Your ticket purchase for this special production will help us to create year-round educational programs, grow the scholarship fund to allow more students the opportunity to receive full and partial scholarships, and contract more professional actors, designers, directors, and educators from around the country to teach a variety of workshops so our students get the most diverse, well-rounded knowledge possible.
A portion of the proceeds will also benefit the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)-Colorado Springs. NAMI provides free education and support programs for those who live with mental illness and their families.