‘Next to Normal’ performances begin this week

Michele Hardy

Starting Dec. 6, the Saddleback College theater department will be putting on the Tony award-winning musical, “Next to Normal”, in the Studio Theater.

The musical follows the story of Diana Goodman, a suburban mother who has to balance dealing with bi-polar disorder while maintaining her busy family life.

The rock musical was on Broadway for 750 productions, was nominated for 11 Tony Awards and won three. It also won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 2010 because of the way it represents the problems of living with bi-polar disorder in a more human light.

With music from Tom Kitt and lyrics by Brian Yorkey, the musical covers the subjects of grieving for the loss of a loved one, prescription medication abuse, ethics in modern psychiatry and the struggles of suburban life.

Performances will be held at Saddleback on Dec. 6, 7 and the Dec 10-14 at 7:30 p.m. Afternoon performances will be on Dec. 8 and 15 at 2:30 p.m. Tickets at $15 for regular admission, $10 for students and seniors.

For tickets and more information, call (949) 582-4656 or visit the Saddleback website at www.saddleback.edu/arts.


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