Circle Players Opens Compelling ‘next to normal’ This Week

next to normal 1When the 2010 Pulitzer Prize Board made next to normal only the eighth musical to win the Pulitzer Prize for Drama it called the work “a powerful rock musical that grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and expands the scope of subject matter for musicals.” Now Circle Players presents its version of the beautiful and compelling Brian Yorkey/Tom Kitt show beginning this Thursday (April 4) in Lipscomb University’s Shamblin Theatre.

The cast of Aynsley Martindale (Diana), Patrick Kramer (Dan), Caitlyn Porayko (Natalie), Christian Bailey Albright Redden (Gabe), TJ Adams (Henry) and Dave Williams (Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden) is directed by Paul Cook with musical direction by Randy Craft. Teresa Driver is the show’s producer.

Circle Players is partnering with National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Tennessee to provide information and resources about mental illness and its impact on society, families and individuals during the run of this production. That run continues through April 14 in the Shamblin, which located in the Bennett Campus Center at Lipscomb (3901 Granny White Pk.). Performances are Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. with Sunday matinees April 7 and 14 at 3 p.m. There is a post-show discussion following the April 7 matinee. Tickets ($18 for adults, $15 for students and seniors (60+); all tickets $11 on Thursdays; group rates are available by emailing or calling (615) 332-7529) are available online at Tickets are also on sale at the Shamblin Theatre box office one hour before each performance.

next to normal 2*Photos by Cindy Blanchard of Ciann Photography of Aynsley Martindale as Diana and (L to R) Christian Redden (Gabe), Aynsley Martindale (Diana), Patrick Kramer (Dan) and Caitlyn Porayko (Natalie) courtesy Circle Players.

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