Next to Normal

Next to Normal

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$15 – $20


Johnson County Arts And Heritage Center

8788 Metcalf Avenue

Overland Park, KS 66212

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An unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness.

About this event

The Barn Players Present

Next to Normal

Music by TOM KITT, Book & Lyrics by BRIAN YORKEY

October 21-30,

week one: Fri 7:30p, Sat 7:30p, Sun 2:00p, Mon 7:30p (Industry Night)

week two: Thu 7:30p, Fri 7:30p, Sat 7:30p, Sun 2:00p

Directed by Tiffany Schweigert

Musical Direction by Delano Mendoza

Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, 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 because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart.


  • DIANA - Ashley Young
  • NATALIE - Brooke Ariel Calderone
  • DAN - Mishi Schueller
  • GABE - Trevor Thoelke
  • HENRY - Landan Stocker
  • DR. MADDEN/DR. FINE - Scott Kruse


  • Accompanist: Caleb McCarroll
  • Cello - Kier Ojakangas
  • Bass - Colvin Hooser
  • Percussion - Christopher Ryan Larson
  • Violin - Casey Wayne Gregory
  • Guitar - Bill Wood


At this time, the Barn Players require masks to be worn by the audience and staff in the space during performances. As circumstances change and events warrant, we will revisit this policy with an eye to both the safety and comfort of our audience members, staff and artists. We thank you for your understanding and cooperation with this policy.

Proof of vaccination is no longer a requirement for admission to a Barn Players production.