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NFCT presents ‘Next to Normal’ opening Jan. 19

Courtesy photo: North Fork Community Theater

The North Fork Community Theatre’s next production will be “Next to Normal” a musical that won three Tony awards in 2009 and the 2010 Pulitzer prize.

According to the NFCT press release, the show, a “critically acclaimed and ground-breaking show is an emotional powerhouse about a family trying to take care of themselves and each other. Driven by a rock and roll score, “Next to Normal” is an intense, emotional, and ultimately hopeful evening of theater that is rarely performed locally.”

Shows are set for Fridays through Sundays beginning Jan. 19 and running through Feb. 4. Friday and Saturday night performances begin at 8 p.m. Sunday matinee performances start at 2:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 each and can be purchased online. Student rush tickets are available at the box office for $20 each 10 minutes before showtime subject to availability. Rush tickets cannot be reserved.

An opening night reception will be held at 7 p.m on Friday, Jan. 19. A fundraiser for mental health awareness will take place on Friday, Jan. 26 with proceeds from raffles and certain refreshment stand items benefiting the “Response” crisis center.

Directed and choreographed by Jessica Raven, the show’s cast includes the following actors:

Diana: Kelli Baumann
Dan: James Stevens
Natalie: Sydnee LaBuda/Ava Bianchi
Gabe: Zachary Zain
Henry: Eric Hughes
Dr. Madden: Matthew Mendoza
Dr. Fine: Peter Peterson
Featured ensemble: Sam Szillus, Lindsey Sanchez, Lauren Sisson

Please note: This show contains adult themes and subject matter and is not suitable for children according to the theater’s press release.