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Off-Strip Productions & Huntsman Entertainment are proud to announce auditions for the
Las Vegas Premier of NEXT TO NORMAL.
Auditions will be held Tuesday, January 15th and Wednesday January 16th beginning at 7 pm.
Auditions will be held at the Onyx Theatre, 953-16B E Sahara Avenue, Las Vegas, Nevada 89104.
Please prepare at least 32 bars of an uptempo selection from a contemporary rock musical. If your selection is not from NEXT TO NORMAL, be sure to bring sheet music in the appropriate key. An accompanist will be provided. CD tracks with no lead vocals will be permitted at this audition.
You will also be asked to read a side from the script. Please visit scroll down to view and download sides as well as show synopsis, character breakdown, and general production information including production dates and projected rehearsal schedule.
Please bring a headshot and resume to the audition.
No Equity contracts will be considered for this production. There is no pay.
All ethnicities are encouraged to audition. Non-traditional casting will be considered.
Callbacks will be held Friday, January 18th by invitation only.
If you are not able to audition during the times allotted, you may submit a video audition. Send a link to your video to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than January 16th, 2013. Please include “N2N Audition Video” in the subject line and include a headshot and resume in your email.
VIDEO AUDITION GUIDELINES:
To submit an audition by video, please record yourself (3/4 shot preferable) performing 16-32 bars of an uptempo contemporary Broadway Rock musical song as well as the sides for the character(s) you are auditioning for. You may be called in for callbacks or asked to submit additional video footage.
|Role Name||Gender||Ethnicity||Age Range||Description|
|Diana Goodman||Female||Any Ethnicity||31-40||Vocal range: E3 – F5. Diana is the musical’s central character. She is in the middle of a battle with bipolar disorder, also known as manic depression. She has suffered with this disease, and her family has suffered with its effects, for several years. She has also carried with her the trauma and grief caused by the sudden death of her infant son for 16 years. Despite her illness, and the confusion and uncertainty it triggers in her life and in the world around her, Diana is strong willed and determined, resistant on a deeply profound level to challenges to what she believes is important – in particular, her grief over the loss of her son. Her loss and grief over her son has blocked her ability to develop a relationship with her daughter, who was born after her son’s death. Diana comes to accept her condition, the loss that triggered the condition, and the need to address the condition. She moves from uncertainty to a greater degree of clarity.|
|Dan Goodman||Male||Any Ethnicity||31-40||Vocal range: B3 – B5 Dan is Diana’s husband, around the same age. He loves her deeply, still desires her and unconditionally supports her in her struggles. He is also worn and weary by having to cope with her unpredictable mood changes, her surges of active energy and her crashes into despair. While he appears, on the surface, to be self-effacing and humble there is the sense that he is also somewhat self-important. He repeatedly refers to himself as the only one who truly cares about Diana, the only one who has stuck with her through all the difficulties of her life. He is in many ways passive-aggressive, disguising his need to control with apparent compassion. He eventually moves from this way of interacting with his wife into not only a more genuine compassion for her, but also a greater understanding of himself. He realizes how much he has denied the suffering of his past and, like Diana, prepares to move into the future with a greater sense of both honesty and possibility|
|Gabe Goodman||Male||Any Ethnicity||18-24||Vocal range: A3 – B5 Gabe is Diana and Dan’s first born son. He first appears as a healthy, attractive eighteen year old, energized and happy to be alive. It’s quickly revealed that Gabe actually died when he was an infant. His manifestation is an act of theatricalized, externalized imagination; he is both what Diana would like him to be and what Diana is afraid of, in his occasional diversions into hinting of suicide, of having control over her, and of a lingering deathly darkness. As the narrative progresses, however, it seems clear that all this spirit of Gabe actually wants is to be remembered, to not be forgotten.|
|Natalie Goodman||Female||Any Ethnicity||15-17||Vocal range: G3 – F5 Natalie is Diana and Dan’s daughter, a moody sixteen year old who is trying to be perfect. It’s not going well. Tired of dealing with her mother’s unpredictable volatility, her father’s half- hearted affection, and the intense focus they both place on the memory of their dead son (Natalie’s brother), she acts out with anger, frustration, sarcasm and eventually drug use. She has been, for most of her life, essentially ignored by her parents, but never gives up hoping that they’ll actually come around and recognize that she is not only alive (while their son is not) but is actually a part of their lives. Her relationship with Henry starts out shaky, with Natalie keeping him at a distance – She doesn’t, it seems, want to care about anybody. Nor does she think she can or should. Over time she realizes how dangerously like her mother she is and how much worse she (Natalie) could become. She begins to open herself up to ALL people around her, not just Henry but also her mother and father.|
|Henry||Male||Any Ethnicity||15-17||Vocal range: A3 – B5 Henry is a little older than Natalie, but goes to the same school. He is described in stage directions as a musician, romantic, stoner, slacker and philosopher king. He is, in spite of his frequent drug use, easily the wisest, most grounded, and most realistic character in the whole musical. He is also more genuine and more constant in his love than Dan, more alive and more empathetic than Gabe but at least as insistent and, while somewhat unstable, is ultimately far more together than Diana. His persistent and honest affection for Natalie finally breaks down her resistance. He is integral in helping Natalie realize the power of hope and the possibility of moving forward.|
|Dr. Fine/Madden||Male||Any Ethnicity||31-40||Vocal range: A3 – G5 Dr. Fine is Dian’s pharmacologist, or physician specializing in medications (he is played by the actor who also plays Dr. Madden. His interactions with Diana are not many, but define him as being focused on jargon and what seems to be his enjoyment of making things complicated. Dr. Madden is Diana’s psychiatric therapist. Confident and mature, he is described as “ageless”. At first he seems to baffle Diana with scientific jargon, but as he warms to her and gains more insight into her condition, and interaction with her condition, he becomes less formal and more human. He tends to be unquestionably confident in his abilities and treatments, and is somewhat shocked when Diana seems to repeatedly reject them. He comes to realize that his is not the only way; there are other ways, other methods, to approach and embrace the healing process.|