After a successful opening this past weekend of Next to Normal, SNAP Productions’ are looking to finish the theatre season strong. The 2010 Pulitzer Prize winner about a suburban family dealing with their mother’s troubling bipolar disorder is one of the more ambitious musicals in recent history. Echelle Childers, who plays the mother Diana, said that personal experience has helped her connect to the role.
“I don’t have bipolar disorder but I have gone through depression issues. I’ve been on medication. It’s a very interesting process. I know firsthand that you go to the doctor and say ‘This is how I am feeling’. Then they put you on a med and say ‘Six weeks from now we’ll see how you feel,’ but it’s today that’s the issue. I felt like my initial step was to make sure this character is a real; she’s dealing with real issues that many of us go through.”
After rehearsing for several weeks, Childers said the cast is incredibly honored to bring awareness to mental health issues. The main hope is to reach out to those going through these tough times and let them know that they are not alone.
“It’s not the end of the world. There is help. There are people that are there for you. There a people that understand. That’s the last song in the show, “Light”. There is a reason you are here, so be here.’
Next to Normal runs through June 23rd and tickets can be purchased at www.snapproductions.com
For something more appropriate for all ages, make sure to check out both Omaha Playhouse’s Wizard of Oz and The Rose Theater’s Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. Both productions breathe new life into the classics with really memorable performances. Oz’s Noah Diaz and Charlotte Hedican makes a wonderful Scarecrow and Dorothy, while Sam Swerczek’s vocals soar high as Joseph. Snag your tickets to these shows before it’s too late.
And for all of the night owls, The Blue Barn’s Witching Hour continues its run of Now You Are Dead. After a soft opening for OCP’s 21 & Over series, surprise hit from last season promises to have new storylines and new faces (like Brian Zealand as a hilariously geeky Narrator) with the same fun as last year.
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