Theatre Arts and O&N Present the Fall Musical “Next to Normal” at the Kline Theatre
By Britney Brunache, A&E Editor
This Wednesday, Oct. 30 through Nov. 3, the Theatre Arts Department and the Owl & Nightingale Players present the fall musical Next to Normal at the Kline Theatre, Brua Hall. The performances on Wednesday through Saturday are at 7:30 p.m. and on Sunday at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are $8 can be bought online or at the door with a credit card. Be advised that there is theatrical fog, strobe lights, and mention of mental health issues, including suicide.
Next to Normal, an American rock musical by Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt, tells the story of a family who is trying to cope with the pressures of bipolar disorder and loss. Diana Goodman, portrayed by Anderson Gray ’23, is the matriarch of the family, and a devoted mother and wife caring for her two teenage children Gabe, played by Brian Buechele ’22, and Natalie, played by Laura Duffy ’23, with the support of her loving husband Dan, who is portrayed by Zachary de Besche ’22.
The cast, crew, and production team are comprised of Gettysburg students and faculty, with Guest Director Bruce Moore, a Broadway veteran and Gettysburg native. Students involved range from first years to seniors.
Buy your tickets before they sell out to witness this story of coming to terms with mental health issues, accepting unconventional family dynamics, and relying on love at the root of it all.