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NEXT TO NORMAL Opens OCTOBER 4
Director: Stephen Santa
October 4,5, 6, 11, 12, and13 2012
Curtain: Thursday – Saturday @ 7:30 p.m.
Elaine Mastalski, Executive Director
to Normal is a rock musical and the story concerns a mother
played by Susan Brandt of Altoona who
struggles with worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has
on her family. Susan recently appeared as Elle Wood’s mother in Legally Blonde appeared in The Good Doctor, and music director for High School Musical 1 and 2. . Kevin Bean of Johnstown is Diana’s husband
Dan – a constant in her life. He
previously appeared in Cresson Lake’s 2010 production of RENT and 2011 Avenue Q. Natalie is played by Stevie Woodring of
Tyrone. She is cast as Diana’s restless and overachieving daughter. Stevie recently was seen in CLP’s recent
production of Legally Blonde as Elle
Woods and in Why Do Fools Fall in Love
as Sally. Diane’s seventeen year old son Gabe is played by Devin Hayostek of
Patton who was recently seen in Legally
Blonde and directed earlier this summer Why
Do Fools Fall in Love at Cresson
Lake Playhouse. Ty Quillon of Johnstown
cast in the role of Henry is making his second appearance at Cresson Lake
Playhouse. He was previously cast as Emmet in Legally Blonde. Rounding out the talented cast of six actors is
Josh Devett as Dr. Madden, who appears to Diana as rock star. Josh most recently appeared in CLP’s Legally
Blonde as the suave and sexy Carlos, in 2011 Avenue Q, High School Musical 1 and
2. Josh resides in Johnstown.
The production is under
the direction of Stephen Santa of Pittsburgh, who is making his directorial
debut at Cresson Lake Playhouse. Stephen
is well known for his directing within the Pittsburgh area having directed at
City Theatre, Little Lake Theatre, Canonsburg, The Theatre Factory, Trafford,
and numerous other venues in the region and Patty Jimenez of Hollidaysburg
return to Cresson Lake Playhouse as the music director. She previously served
as music director for CLP’s 2011 production of Wizard of OZ.
to Normal is a rock musical with book and lyrics by Brian
Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. Its story concerns a mother who struggles with
worsening bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family.
The musical also addresses such issues as grieving a loss, suicide, drug abuse,
ethics in modern psychiatry, and suburban life.
to Normal received several workshop performances before it
debuted off-Broadway in 2008, winning the Outer Critics' Circle Award for
Outstanding Score and receiving nominations for Drama Desk Awards for
Outstanding Actress (Alice Ripley) and Outstanding Score. After an Off-Broadway
run, the show then played at the Arena Stage in its temporary venue in
Arlington, Virginia from November 2008 to January 2009.
musical opened on Broadway in April 2009. It was nominated for eleven 2009 Tony
Awards and won three, Best Original Score, Best Orchestration and Best
Performance by a Leading Actress in a Musical for Alice Ripley. It also won the
2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, becoming just the eighth musical in history to
receive the honor. The previous musical to win the Pulitzer was Rent, in 1996,
which was also directed by Michael Greif. In awarding the prize to Kitt and
Yorkey, the Pulitzer Board called the show "a powerful rock musical that
grapples with mental illness in a suburban family and expands the scope of
subject matter for musicals."
About the Director Stephen Santa
His critic proclaim his productions are
directed with imagination and flair, is extraordinarily attuned sense of
theatricality, flexibility with
compromising his vision, and understanding of the parameters of what you have
to work with is a great strength of Mr. Santa. One of his greatest assets knows
the abilities and limitations of the cast and crew and what he assembles on
stage is solid, professional and hugely entertaining.
Mr. Santa recently completed an
assistant direction position on a wonderful new musical entitled POP! at the City Theatre a musical about
Andy Warhol in which Broadway star Anthony Rapp played the role of Andy. Stephen is employed by the Pittsburgh CLO in
the education and outreach department and a member of the Actors’ Equity as a
performer. In August he will be directing a concert of new musicals at ARS Nova
Theatre “Unchartered” in New York City.
For more information or to
place your order for tickets please call the CLP offices at 814-472-4333. For information on group rates please contact
Elaine Mastalski, Executive Director at Cressonlakeplayhouse@verizon.net .
Tickets will also be available at
the door. If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Box Office
Manager at 814-472-4333 or email at CressonLakePlayhouse@verizon.net.