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    ONE DAY ONLY: Next to Normal Auditions Jan 30, 4:30 to 6:30pm at the Schuster Theater
    620 Sassafras St. 
    Erie, PA 16501

    Please use the elevator entrance located closer to 7th street. Meet in the lobby on the first floor. 
    Prepare a dramatic monologue and a song. You may choose to bring an accompaniment track on your phone or bring sheet music for the music director. There will be no dance audition; this is a movement musical more than a dance musical. 
    **If you cannot attend auditions, you may submit a recorded audition and audition form to Angela Howell no earlier than Jan 20 and no later than 4:30pm on January 30. Please contact Angela in advance for an audition form. howell012@gannon.edu

    Directed by: Angela Howell
    Assistant Director: Molly Cooke
    Music Director: Julya Polaski
    Stage Manager: Emily Lynch

    Casting Information:

    Cast Size: Small (Up to 10 performers)
    Cast Type: Ensemble Cast
    Dance Requirements: None

    As always, members of the Erie community are encouraged to audition with the awareness that Gannon University students will be prioritized during casting. Age ranges are flexible. Performance dates are April 20-29, 2023.

    NEXT TO NORMAL by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt
    Next to Normal
    , with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, 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 TimesThe Washington PostRolling 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. This deeply moving piece of theatre provides a wonderful opportunity for performers to explore dramatic material and showcase vocal talents with an energetic pop/rock score. Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.

    Character Breakdown:

    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.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 40 to 45
    Vocal range top: F#5
    Vocal range bottom: G3

    Gabe
    Diana & Dan's son. Dashing, athletic, and bright. He is a playful man and everything a mother could imagine.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 18 to 21
    Vocal range top: C5
    Vocal range bottom: B2

    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.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 40 to 45
    Vocal range top: B4
    Vocal range bottom: Ab2

    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.
    Gender: Female
    Age: 16
    Vocal range top: G5
    Vocal range bottom: G3

    Henry
    Natalie's classmate. The all-around musician, philosopher, and slacker. He has an intoxicating capacity for sympathy and romance.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 17 to 17
    Vocal range top: B4
    Vocal range bottom: G#2

    Dr. Madden
    Diana's handsome psychiatrist. Quite assured in his practice and considered somewhat of a rock star.
    Gender: Male
    Age: 30 to 40
    Vocal range top: A4
    Vocal range bottom: A2

    Forever Plaid Poster (1)

    When four young singers are killed in a car crash, they posthumously take the stage for one final gig in FOREVER PLAID, a goofy, 1950s nostalgia trip.

    Join us for the 2023 Clemente Fundraiser on February 3rd & 4th at 8:00 PM for a night of beloved songs and delightful patter that will have you rolling in the aisles when you're not humming along to some of the great nostalgic pop hits of the 1950s.

    FOREVER PLAID stars Brendan Daugherty, Jared Lossie, Will Steadman, and Patrick Thiem. The production staff includes Almitra Clerkin, Shawn Clerkin, Angela Howell, and Kate Thiem.

    Tickets are $25 each. Gannon students may purchase 1 student ticket per Gannon ID for $10 using code PERFIDIA. NO REFUNDS.

    COVID policy: Vaccination and masking, though recommended, are optional to attend performances at the Schuster. If you are experiencing cold or flu like symptoms, please stay home. Contact Angela at howell0012@gannon.edu, and if there is a seat available for a different day or show, your ticket can be transferred. However, no refunds will be available. 

    A dessert reception hosted by the Gannon Alumni Association will follow the Friday night performance, and a reception hosted by the family and friends of Alex Clemente will follow the Saturday night performance.

    FOREVER PLAID Friday, February 3rd 2023, 8PM

    FOREVER PLAID Friday, February 3rd 2023, 8PM

    $25.00

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    FOREVER PLAID Saturday, February 4th 2023, 8PM

    FOREVER PLAID Saturday, February 4th 2023, 8PM

    $25.00

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    DUSK: A BITE-SIZE LOVE STORY is an original Twilight parody musical written and directed by Morgan Kennedy with music by Daniel Ruffing and George Meucci

    DUSK is broody and fun parody of the first installment of the Twilight Saga, which had an undeniable grip on the world in the early 2000s (and an undeniable grip on meme culture ever since). Whether you love, hate, or love to hate Twilight, this show is for you.

    The musical is still in development and will have its first workshop performance at Gannon University's Schuster Theater February 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, and 25, 2023.

    TICKETS ON SALE NOW

    DUSK: A BITE-SIZE LOVE STORY Thursday, Feb 16 2023, 8PM

    DUSK: A BITE-SIZE LOVE STORY Thursday, Feb 16 2023, 8PM

    $10.00

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    DUSK: A BITE-SIZE LOVE STORY Friday, Feb 17 2023, 8PM

    DUSK: A BITE-SIZE LOVE STORY Friday, Feb 17 2023, 8PM

    $10.00

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    DUSK: A BITE-SIZE LOVE STORY Saturday, Feb 18 2023, 8PM

    DUSK: A BITE-SIZE LOVE STORY Saturday, Feb 18 2023, 8PM

    $10.00

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    DUSK: A BITE-SIZE LOVE STORY Thursday Feb 23, 2023, 8PM

    DUSK: A BITE-SIZE LOVE STORY Thursday Feb 23, 2023, 8PM

    $10.00

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    DUSK: A BITE-SIZE LOVE STORY Friday, Feb 24 2023, 8PM

    DUSK: A BITE-SIZE LOVE STORY Friday, Feb 24 2023, 8PM

    $10.00

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    DUSK: A BITE-SIZE LOVE STORY Saturday Feb 25, 2023, 2PM

    DUSK: A BITE-SIZE LOVE STORY Saturday Feb 25, 2023, 2PM

    $10.00

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    DUSK: A BITE-SIZE LOVE STORY Saturday Feb 25, 2023, 8PM

    DUSK: A BITE-SIZE LOVE STORY Saturday Feb 25, 2023, 8PM

    $10.00

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    Up Next in Our 2022-2023 Season

    NEXT TO NORMAL

    NEXT TO NORMAL by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt
    Next to Normal
    , with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, 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 TimesThe Washington PostRolling 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. This deeply moving piece of theatre provides a wonderful opportunity for performers to explore dramatic material and showcase vocal talents with an energetic pop/rock score. Next to Normal is an emotional powerhouse that addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.
    April 20-29, 2023

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    Office Location:
    Scottino Hall
    620 Sassafras. St.

    Email: howell012@gannon.edu