Next to Normal

Book & Lyrics by Brian Yorkey

Lyrics by Tom Kitt

Director Mike Glorioso

Assisted by Ashleigh Happer

Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Next to Normal was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling 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. Traumatized by the death of her infant son from an undiagnosed intestinal obstruction, Diana has lived with bipolar depressive disorder and delusional episodes for the past seventeen years.  The illness has affected everyone in her life and has nearly torn her family apart on several occasions. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart.

Content Note:  

  • Adult theme and language
  • Mental Illness
  • Drug Use/Abuse

Next to Normal Is presented through special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI). All authorized performance materials are also supplied by MTI.


Diana....................Heather Clark

Gabe.....................Connor O'Dell

Natalie..................Emma Radtke

Dan.......................Garrett Sisamis

Henry....................Jack Olson

Doctor Madden....Rob Morris

Pit Singer, Dr. Fine,Dr. Madden U/S                                        ............Dylan Leavitt

Pit Singer, Diana U/S...Alyssa Zagoreo

Pit Singer, Henry U/S...Jack Reichert

Dancer, Pit Singer, Natalie U/S

                                       ...........Julia Thorn


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May 24-26, 2024 (New Dates!)

Directed by Lisa Formosa-Parmigiano

TeenFest is the annual presentation by our Teen Ensemble members. Membership in the ensemble is by invitation only.


Identity Play; or, Who You Are When You Think You Are

by Jon Jory & Jason Pizzarello

A series of comedic and dramatic vignettes exploring who we are and who we want to be. With endless choices and expectations, do our actions define us or do our intentions? What about our words? What about the way we dress, the friends we keep, or how we act online? Is who we think we are different than how other people see us? In such a complex, face-paced world, it's vital to slow-down, reflect...and laugh.

Running time est. - 35 min.

Produced by special arrangement with Stage Partners. (


Know Your Role

by Brandi Owensby

No sooner do we leave the womb than we're bombarded by society's expectations about gender. If you're a boy, you're like this. If you're a girl, you're like that. Through scenes and monologues that range from hilarious to heartbreaking, this one-act explores how these expectations affect teens' daily lives. Whether it's how they dress, the rules of dating, body image, parental pressures or a host of other ways, the teens of this flexible ensemble reveal how gender expectations affect them and how they "role."

Winner, Indiana Thespians One-Act Competition 2019 (Noblesville High School).

Running time est, - 40 min.

Produced by arrangement with YouthPLAYS

There will be a 15 minute intermission after Level 2


Power Play

by Lindsay Price

A gunshot is heard. Which of the five characters did it and why?
Was it the Goth girl? The football star? The super-intelligent geek?
High school violence is a hot media topic, but it is too often simplistically portrayed by putting teens into tidy categories and pointing at the outsider.
Power Play explores the realities and the stereotypes of high school violence - not just the brutal shock of the school shooting, but also verbal harassment and bullying. Violence is about power. So is high school.

Running time est. - 55 min.

Produced by arrangement with Theatrefolk Publishers

PLEASE PLAN TO ARRIVE EARLY! Concession stand now features specialty coffees, Italian Sodas and treats from Camelot Coffee! 

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William Shakespeare's

               KING LEAR

Directed by guest artist

Andrea J. Dymond

A story of ignorance and deceit, King Lear is considered one of Shakespeare's greatest tragedies. Unable to see beyond the lies of his eldest daughters, he divides his kingdom among the two daughters who flatter him and banishes the third who loves him. Rejected by his eldest, Lear wanders through a storm and is driven mad.

Performances July 12 & 13, 2024

Free to the public!

Northwest Health Amphitheater

Central Park Plaza, Valparaiso

Bring a chair and your appetite! Food truck vendors available at 6 PM

Performance begins at dusk

July 19-21- Regular ticketed performances at Chicago Street Theatre

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