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2019-2020 Membership Group

Footlighters' Auditions for NEXT TO NORMAL

Music by Tom Kitt
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Directed by Kaleigh-Brooke Scheiding
Music Direction by Jon Scheiding
Choreography by Maddy Weinkam
Produced by Amanda Marasch and Madelaine Wilkerson

An unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness.

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.


Audition Dates & Requirements

August 28, 12 p.m. – 6 p.m.
August 29, 6:45 p.m. – 10 p.m.
Callbacks on August 31 @ 7 p.m.

Performance dates: December 1 – 18, 2022

Please sign up for an audition slot below. UPDATE: We are also accepting walk-in auditions in addition to those signed up. There will be an audition accompanist. We will be asking for songs from Next to Normal for your audition. The PDFs of your audition cut options are at this link as well as linked below, along with the audition form that will need to be filled out prior to auditioning. Please also prepare a 1-minute story about family challenges. This audition information can also be found on the website.

COVID-19 Protocol: In the interest of saftey for cast, crew, volunteers, and patrons, proof of vaccination is required to be cast. We will be checking proof at auditions (the card itself or a photo of it is acceptable). Masks are required at the audition. You may remove them to sing and to tell your story. 
We look forward to seeing you there!


Audition Sides [LINK TO FILES]

  • Dan
    • #16 "I've Been" m19-48
  • Diana
    • #17 "Didn't I See This Movie" m50-end
  • Dr. Madden
    • #13 "Make Up Your Mind" m3-22
    • #16 "I've Been" m19-48
  • Gabe
    • #12 "I'm Alive" m88-122
  • Henry
    • #35 "Hey" #3 m38-end
    • #12 "I'm Alive" m88-122
  • Natalie
    • #11 "Superboy and the Invisible Girl" m11-44

Note: We're using a Dan song for the Dr. Madden audition and a Gabe song for the Henry audition.


Cast Breakdown

4 men, 2 women

DIANA: 30s or 40s. Sexy. Sharp. Delusional bipolar depressive.

her son GABE: Almost 18. Dashing. Gentle. Bright. Playful. Everything a mother, etc.

her husband DAN: 30s or 40s. Handsome. Genuine. Constant. Tired.

her daughter NATALIE: 16 and trying to be perfect. It's not going well.

and HENRY: 17. Musician, romantic, stoner, slacker, philosopher king.

and DR. MADDEN: On the young side of ageless. Assured. A rock star. 


VOICES, and ANESTHESIOLOGIST, NURSES, DOCTORS, and others, all played by the company, and a PSYCHOPHARMACOLOGIST (DR. FINE) played by the actor playing DR. MADDEN.


This production staff is committed to bringing together a diverse group of people who are dedicated to bringing this story to life and shining a light on the importance of mental health and family. We encourage performers of all races, ethnicities, gender identities, sexualities, abilities, body types, and ages to submit an audition. We hope to unite a group of people looking to enhance the arts in our community. The listed age ranges are merely suggestions, and no roles have been precast.

Location: Footlighters' Stained Glass Theatre
802 York St, Newport, KY 41071

Created by:   Footlighters Theater
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Date (mm/dd/yyyy) Time (EDT) Available Slot
08/28/2022 (Sun.) 12:00pm - 12:30pm  

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Annalese Fusaro
Leah Craft
for Natalie
Madeline Stern
Nicole Line
12:30pm - 1:00pm  

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Carla Browning
Elizabeth Beiting-Lipps
Aidan Mancini
Josh Stothfang
1:00pm - 1:30pm  

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Logan Huseman
Connor Gray
Kara Hancock
Kaylie McDowell
1:30pm - 2:00pm  

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Rachel Scardina
Brenden Blackburn
Ezra Walker
Bennett Walker
2:00pm - 2:30pm  

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Molly Simpson
Max Mason
Kaitlin Schiltz
Will Ellis
2:30pm - 3:00pm  

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Elyssa Carmony
For Natalie
Helen Merritt
Peyton Hahn
Jay Works
Gabe (open to any)
3:00pm - 3:30pm  

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Abigail Glacken
Mary Mills
Verna Bush
Bryn Studer
3:30pm - 4:00pm  

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Jezreel Forand
Stephanie Johnson
Ryan Britton
Benjamin Tilley
4:00pm - 4:30pm  

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Louisa Joy
Interested in role of Natalie
Jeff Weinkam
Maddy Weinkam
Tosha Gibson
4:30pm - 5:00pm  

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Ginger Hickerson (2)
& Elizabeth Hickerson
Treiston Collins
Anna Mosoriak
5:00pm - 5:30pm  

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Jennifer Johnson
Valerie Waggal
Maggie Komp
Eva Gluck
5:30pm - 6:00pm  

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Rebecca Wall
Candace McFann
Meg Grulee
And Mia Cavallo (my daughter)
Lydia Yax
Thank you in advance!
08/29/2022 (Mon.) 6:45pm - 7:15pm  

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Shell Bellamy (4)
Shell Bellamy, Kyle Elliott, Krista Schaeffer, Spencer Jones
7:15pm - 7:45pm  

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Heidi Olson
Rob Heilman
Alexi Lewis
Thank you!
Jacob Hauser
7:45pm - 8:15pm  

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Allison McBride
Auditioning for Natalie
Aidan M
Gaby Foley
Rick Hunt
8:15pm - 8:45pm  

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Madelaine Wilkerson
Samantha Heilman
Julia Lawrence
Evan Blanton
Dan, Dr. Madden/Fine, Henry
8:45pm - 9:15pm  

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Izz Allison
for Natalie
Bri Landrum
Jake Schaub
Hannah Johnson
9:15pm - 9:45pm  

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Aidan Carmen
Shannon Cochran
Arielle Mantel
Jamie Swisshelm
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