Audition: Next to Normal, Theatre Aurora

Director & Musical Director: Michael Jones

The Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Next to Normal explores how a family copes with mental illness. Diana Goodman appears to be a normal suburban wife with a loving husband and two perfect children, but she is, in fact, struggling with bipolar disorder, the side effects of difficult medical treatments, hallucinations, unrelenting grief, and suicidal tendencies. As Diana descends into a medically-induced hell, daughter Natalie struggles though a parallel journey with perfectionism, expectations, and addiction. A challenging and honest look at a contemporary family, Next to Normal is also a celebration of the resiliency of people facing unimaginable pain.


  • Monday, June 16, 2014 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
  • Wednesday, June 18, 2014 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm
  • Thursday, June 19, 2014 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm


  • Thursday, June 26, 2014 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm * see note below


  • Theatre Aurora — 150 Henderson Drive, Aurora, Ontario

Full-cast rehearsals begin Monday, September 22, 2014 and will be held:

  • Mondays 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
  • Wednesdays 7:30 pm to 10:30 pm
  • Sundays 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Additional and/or extended rehearsals will be scheduled during the final two weeks before opening (as of November 23, 2014).

People cast will be required to schedule additional solo music rehearsals (according to availability of both cast member and Musical Director); these rehearsals could begin as early as Wednesday, July 9, 2014.


  • December 4-7, 11-13, 2014
  • The Sunday performance (December 7) is a matinée at 2:00 pm; all other performances are at 8:00 pm.
  • If you are auditioning, you must also be available for Sunday, December 14 for Set Strike.


  1. All people auditioning should prepare two contrasting songs from Broadway musicals (not Next to Normal); the audition panel will likely only hear one song of the auditioner’s choice, but your second selection, if requested, should show a contrasting vocal style. If possible, at least one of these selections should be from a pop- or rock-inflected Broadway show. You should be prepared to do some improvisation work using your song. Please bring printed sheet music in the correct key for the accompanist (facilities for pre-recorded accompaniments are not available; do not bring your music on an iPod or other tablet device). People auditioning may also be asked to do some basic range and musicianship tests.
  2. People auditioning should prepare a very short (one-minute) monologue (contemporary or classical).


  • Thursday, June 26, 2014 7:00 pm to 11:00 pm

Although call-back auditions are scheduled for the full evening on June 26, individuals called back will be given a schedule specific to the characters for whom they are being considered; this schedule will be communicated to each performer by e-mail on or prior to June 21. People auditioning should inform the producer, at the time of their first audition, if there is any time on that day during which they are unavailable.

If you are called back for a role (or roles), you will be asked to prepare specific musical and/or reading selections from the show.

Next to Normal is a small, difficult musical. All performers will need to be strong actor-singers capable of conveying real emotion and intentions through song and able to learn challenging musical lines in both solo and ensemble singing. The score requires legit theatre singers with an ability to perform pop/rock inflections. All performers must also have an ability to move well.

We are looking for a cast of 6 people who are all strong actors and singers. Please note that age ranges given indicate appearance onstage as opposed to chronological age.

2 women

  • Diana: mid 30s through mid 40s; very challenging role acting and musically; still beautiful and apparently perfect suburban mother; a constantly changing mix of emotions – high-strung and active through lackadaisical, energized through suicidal, bipolar and delusional; legit soprano (or high mezzo) belt with ability to work at bottom part of range
  • Natalie: 16-18; Dan and Diana’s daughter; hardworking student and accomplished musician who turns to recreational drugs and partying to cope with her family’s problems and her perfectionism; pop soprano with strong bottom range

4 men

  • Dan: late 30s through late 40s; Diana’s husband; deeply in love with and supportive of his wife, but beginning to question how he can continue to support her; baritone with strong top range and falsetto
  • Gabe: 18-21; Dan and Diana’s son; the “perfect” son – handsome, charming, intelligent, popular, a good student involve in both jazz band and football, referred to by his sister as “Superboy”; high pop/rock tenor
  • Henry: 16-18; Natalie’s boyfriend; a stoner and a slacker with a laid-back approach to life, but truly interested in Natalie and willing to help her through her challenges; light baritone
  • Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden: 30s through early 50s; strong actor capable of creating distinct, individual characters for both of Diana’s doctors; Dr. Madden is seen by Diana as a rock star – sexy, compelling, physically free; baritone with strong top range

To book an audition, email your resume, headshot AND audition date preference to