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June 11-14: 'Next to Normal'

The 48th annual Highland Summer Theatre season continues with its debut of this musical.

2014-06-16
Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance News Release, 5-27-2014

The Minnesota State University, Mankato Department of Theatre & Dance will continue its 48th annual Highland Summer Theatre with its debut of the musical “Next to Normal.” Performances are 7:30 p.m. June 11-14 in the Ted Paul Theatre of the Earley Center for Performing Arts. This show is made possible by a gift from Jane F. Earley.

“Next to Normal” tells the story of a mother, Diane Goodman, who struggles with bipolar disorder and the effect that her illness has on her family. This contemporary musical with an emotional edge addresses such issues as grieving a loss, ethics in modern psychiatry and suburban life in an engaging way that challenges the audience. The play is the winner of a Pulitzer Prize for drama.

Paul J. Hustoles, chair of the department and artistic director for Highland Summer Theatre, directs. Kaitlin Dahlquist, a spring BFA musical theatre graduate from Sioux Falls, S.D., stars as “Diane,” a role originated on Broadway by Alice Ripley. Her husband is played by Jake McInerney, another spring BFA musical theatre graduate from Sioux Falls, S.D., with their children played by two senior BFA musical theatre candidates, Brandon Lund of Dayton, Minn., and Leigh Jacobson of Champlin, Minn. The role of “Dr. Madden” is played by Stephen Mark Crisp, a fall 2011 BFA musical theatre graduate from Cincinnati, Ohio, who returns to play “Edna Turnblad” in “Hairspray.”

Tickets for “Next to Normal” are $22 regular, $19 discounted and $15 for current Minnesota State Mankato students. They may be purchased online at MSUTheatre.com, or by calling or stopping by the Theatre & Dance Box Office in the lobby of the Earley Center from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday-Friday, and one hour before performances. Call 507-389-6661. Information about all Highland Summer Theatre shows are available at MSUTheatre.com.

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