So, I've decided to give our audience and fans a glimpse behind the scene of Next to Normal, our next mainstage production. We launched RTC in the Spring with our 1st full production of Spamalot, and honestly, I was thinking about blogging through that process, but producing the first show, directing, artistic directing, and production managing all at once ended up keeping me too busy to blog.
So, first let me catch you up...
Over the past 2 months we held auditions in NYC and Philly for actors for the show. There are 6 parts, but I had already cast 3 NY actors from the last production of N2N (Next to Normal) that I directed, so we were only looking for 3 guys to play the dad, son and Dr. Madden.
Brent, our casting director and I went from Philly to NY and saw a bunch of great actors, and then back to NY for callbacks, and in the end, we cast all of our actors out of NY for this one. They are on their way here on Sept 3rd to start rehearsal on the 4th. (Yes, Labor Day...theatre people get no holidays. :)
Now we just have to find enough housing! (want to help? Here's all of the information: http://www.rtcwc.org/house-an-actor.html)
And for those who haven't heard, the Amazing Corey Every will be Music Directing! If you've been to any RTC event in the past 2 years, you probably saw him at the piano.
I then started focusing on the designers. After putting an ad out in all of the theatre websites where designers look for jobs, I chose a few set designers to interview over the phone. I ended up hiring the insanely talented Brian Dudkiewicz who has a Masters in set design from the Yale, and has worked everywhere. He's working on the set design now, and it's so cool!! Here are some of the inspiration he's using to create the set:
The wonderful Kayla Speedy who designed Spamalot will be back to costume design. Here's some of her killer work from Spam.
Lily Fossner will be creating the lighting design, and Toby Pettit will be our Sound Designer. Tori Mittelman will be assistant directing for me again...which is good, because I can't imagine doing a show without her. More on them all later!!
Hope you'll come along for the ride and see what goes on behind the scenes at Next to Normal.
Next up...hiring a production manager to keep all of the moving parts together!
4 weeks until rehearsal starts!!
Do you have your tickets? Get them here: https://app.arts-people.com/index.php?ticketing=rtcup