Next To Normal – Meet The Cast – Part 5

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You guys. We open…TOMORROW!

 

The Northland premiere of the Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning musical NEXT TO NORMAL hits the stage at the Teatro Zuccone at 8pm tomorrow night and tickets are flying fast!

 

Pssst…hey students, did you know that you can get into any of our Thursday night performances for just $10 when you get student rush tickets at the door with a valid student I.D.? Cause you can!

 

Speaking of students, let’s spend today’s blog introducing you to one of our very favorite students. She’s done a few shows with us now, and each one has been a blast. She’s sweet, funny, crazy talented … and is leaving us soon. This will likely be her last show with us. Which makes us sad.

 

So come see her blow the doors off the place and put your heart through a meat grinder before she heads off to continue her studies in Chicago!

 

Meet Maria DePesa!

 

Why did you audition for this show?

Natalie is my dream role so I knew I had to give it a shot!

 

Have you seen this show before? Auditioned for it before? Did you write it? Are you Tom Kitt?

I’ve been in love with Next to Normal for years, so when I found out Renegade was going to do it I cried for a week. And then I started learning the music for my audition.

 

Why is this different than other musicals you’ve worked on? What makes this particular show unique?

The story is amazing. They cut out all the bullshit and give you a down-to-earth, realistic view on mental illness, love and family.

 

What’s your favorite or most embarrassing story from your time in theater?

My first stage kiss in high school was my first kiss ever. I was really nervous (since I also had the biggest crush on the boy I had kiss), so when it was time to do it, I ran up to the boy, totally missed his mouth and pretty much head-butted him. It was really romantic. AND if you’re reading this: Hi, Sir. Huppert. You’re still a hottie.

 

Convince someone reading this blog to buy tickets right now using only one sentence.

I’ll love you forever if you come.

 

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Next To Normal – Meet The Cast – Part 1!

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We are less than a week away from opening night of the Northland premiere of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning rock musical, NEXT TO NORMAL!

 

We thought we’d spend a few blog posts leading up to opening night giving you a chance to meet our cast and learn a bit more about them.

 

And we’re leading off with the star of our show, the lady who will be breaking your hearts and dropping your jaws, Carolyn LePine!

 

 

Why did you audition for this show?

I can honestly say that the role of Diana in Next to Normal has been a dream of mine for several years.

 

Have you seen this show before? Auditioned for it before? Did you write it? Are you Tom Kitt?

I saw the show on Broadway, and had an almost spiritual reaction. I pretty much never cry while watching live theater (because of my cold, black heart) but this show was the one exception. I walked away after the show and thought about it for weeks. It was one of the most poignant theater experiences I had ever had. I had never auditioned for it before (this is the Northland premiere!) except for the stellar vocal performances I would give alone in my car. And yes, I did write it. Finally, the recognition I deserve.

 

Why is this different than other musicals you’ve worked on? What makes this particular show unique?

Next to Normal not only has some of the most beautiful music I have ever had the honor to sing, it won the Pulitzer Prize for drama. Enough said.

 

What’s your favorite or most embarrassing story from your time in theater?

Where to begin? Botched costume changes with my dress tucked into the back of my pantyhose, kisses with men who eat sour cream and chive potato chips right beforehand, performances with 2 people in the audience, having to memorize two shows simultaneously, and on and on and on…. And yet it’s all been worth it!

 

Convince someone reading this blog to buy tickets right now using only one sentence.

This show is a masterpiece, and will make you feel all the feelings; all of them.

 

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What The Hell Is A Sitz Probe?

10007322_675390225833585_1200477086_oThe Northland premiere of the Pulitzer Prize winning musical, “Next To Normal” is just 8 days away!

 

Holy crap!

 

Tomorrow night we will launch into what might be our favorite rehearsal of the entire musical process. The Sitz Probe.

 

What the hell is that, you’re asking? Good question. Sitz Probe means ‘seated rehearsal’ in German. And it’s a term and a practice brought over to musical theater from the world of opera.

 

A Sitz Probe is the first meeting of orchestra and cast. They sing and play through the show together for the very first time at this rehearsal, without any staging or other production elements. It is literally just the cast and the band, playing and singing together on a bare stage. It’s fun, lively and often emotional. It’s the first time the cast hears the full orchestrations that will be supporting them in the show, and it’s the first time the band hears the vocals on top of their music. And it’s really the first moment where the full impact of a musical sparks to life.

 

We can’t wait to hear what the Teatro sounds like filled with these 6 voices and this powerhouse of a band.

 

Tickets for this show are flying faster than usual, so you’re going to want to get yours ASAP by clicking the box office link on the right hand side of this blog.

 

And, if you’re interested in learning more about sitz probes and/or learning more about the next collaboration from the Tony Award winning writers of Next To Normal, check out the video below of the Sitz Probe for If/Then, opening on Broadway March 30th!

 

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