Next to Normal, a story of family and mental illness

GENEVA -- Theatre444 is proud to bring you the Regional Premiere of a new, Pulitzer Prize winning contemporary rock musical Next to Normal.  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 and bi polar disorder 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.

 With a talented cast hailing from multiple cities, audiences can expect to see pieces of themselves in these characters.  Laura D. Feligno(Geneva) and Nick Bessette(Auburn), play married couple Diana and Dan Goodman. Joe Gonzalez(Geneva) plays their son and Hannah Fox (Victor) plays their daughter Natalie.  Damon Fletcher(Seneca Falls) plays Natalie’s boyfriend Henry and Jarrod Jones(Phelps) plays the Doctor. This talented and experienced group is lead by NYS Award Winning Artistic Director Pam Rapoza and Vocal Director Meredith Beckley assisted by Pianist Annie Bachman and Conductor Hilary Chaya.  Richelle Coons serves as Stage Manager and Properties are put together by Jane Stobie and Theresa Hashem-Gage. Lighting Designers RJ Rapoza and Garrett Coons, Costume Designer Kasi Krenzer-Marshall, Media Designer Cole Ruffalo, Master Carpenter Bill Stobie and Technical Director Craig Deisering round out the crew.  

 Performances are Thursday, Friday and Saturday, May 2cnd, 3rd and 4th at 8pm. Sunday May 5th at 2 pm.  A Talk Back Panel will discuss the production themes of mental health, wellness, and pharmaceuticals after the Friday and Saturday evening performance.  Join us for a hearty discussion. All performances are at the Geneva Community Center at 160 Carter Road Geneva, NY 14456. Visit  to purchase tickets. For more information on Theatre444, visit and like our page!  

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