Don't Miss the First Show of our 2017/18 season!
Next to Normal
Sept 28th - Oct 15th 2017
A typical American family...Dad's an architect; Mom still packs lunches for a teenage son and daughter who are bright, wise-cracking, and witty...yet their lives are anything but normal. This deeply moving, transformation musical with provocative lyrics and an electrifying score, won 3 Tony Awards including Best Musical and The Pulitzer Prize for Drama.
Directed by Kristin McLaughlin Mitchell
Music Directed By Corey Everly
Music Directed By Corey Everly
Set Design by Brian Dudkiewicz
Lighting Design by Lily Fossner
Sound Design by Toby Pettit
Costumes Design by Kayla Speedy
Props Design by Angela Kozinski
Production Manager Jessica Pecharsky
Nikki Van Cassele
Nikki Van Cassele (Diana) is absolutely thrilled to be ‘teaming up’ with Kristin again for Next to Normal with The Resident Theatre Company here in West Chester!! Favorite credits include: Broadway National Tour of Cabaret, Diana in Next to Normal, Taylor Taylor in Legacy Falls (NYMF) , Violet in Side Show, Yellow Girl in Shout! The Mod Musical, His High School Sweetheart in In Trousers, Godspell at Walnut Street Theatre, Cabaret (again) at Milwaukee Rep, a lot of really cool and wacky new works in NYC and Spider Woman in Vortex Theater Company's re-imagined production of Kiss of the Spider Woman directed by drama desk nominated director Gisela Cardenas. Thank you Kristin, Corey and the RTC team. Proud member of Actor’s Equity and SAG-AFTRA. This is for my family.
Galen Murphy-Hoffman (Dan) is thrilled and honored to make his Resident Theatre Company debut. New York: The Dishonorable Discharge of Private Pitts (IATI), Film Noix (New York Fringe Festival), Cookin' With Oil (Gotham Comedy Club). Regional: Assassins (Shotgun Players), Mame (Drury Lane Oakbrook), Christmas Carol (Drury Lane Oakbrook), Reefer Madness (San Jose Stage Company), Yeast Nation (American Theater Company), 45 Minutes From Broadway (Minnesota Centennial Showboat), Hedda Gabler (Vintage Theatre Collective), Titus Andronicus (California Shakespeare Theater), Romeo and Juliet Short Shakespeare (Chicago Shakespeare Theater), Cymbeline (San Francisco Shakespeare Festival), Hamlet (Compass Rose Theater), Intermission (Cutting Ball), The Ascension of Carlotta (16th St. Theater), Dr. Faustus (The Resonants), The Love of the Nightingale (LiveWire Chicago), The Rose Tattoo (A.C.T.). B.F.A. in Acting from the University of Minnesota/Guthrie Theater Actor Training Program. American Conservatory Theater's Young Conservatory Alumnus. WorkShop Theater Company Member. Proud member of AEA and SAG-AFTRA. Thank you to Kristin for this incredible opportunity and to Brandon for all of his help and support. Dedicated to the memory of Bernie Miller, a man who made a powerfully positive impact on so many lives.
Alex Kunz (Gabe) is overjoyed to be making his Resident Theatre Company debut with a show that is near and dear to his heart. Past credits include: Park Playhouse: Ragtime (Younger Brother); Phoenix Theatre: Billy Elliot (Tony), Evita (Ensemble), The Drowsy Chaperone (Man in Chair), Company (Robert). MM Musical Theatre Performance from Arizona State University, BS Music Merchandising from South Dakota State University. Born and raised in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, Alex now resides in New York City. He would like to thank Kristin and the entire cast and crew for this incredible experience. Love to my family and my moon, Mili- thank you for your endless support- I love you. IG: @alexgkunz
Chelsey Ristaino (Natalie) grew up in a small town outside of Boston, Massachusetts and graduated with a BFA in Musical Theatre from Montclair State University in Montclair, New Jersey. She currently resides in New York City where she has performed in multiple readings and short films. Chelsey has worked regionally in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Favorite credits include: The Mistress, Eva u/s in Evita, Amber in Hairspray, Franca in The Light in the Piazza, Pea in Jerusalem, Rosa Bud in The Mystery of Edwin Drood, Donna in The Taffetas, Maggie in A Chorus Line, and Shelby in The Spitfire Grill.
John Wilkening (Dr Fine/Dr Madden) is excited to be back at RTC after performing at Broadway in the Borough last year. Originally from Minnesota, John graduated from Augustana College in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, and currently lives in New York City. When not appearing onstage, he works as an accompanist and music director. Favorite regional credits include Huey in Memphis (NHTA Best Actor), Floyd in Floyd Collins, Bobby in Urinetown, Jamie in The Last Five Years, Malcolm in The Full Monty, Chad in All Shook Up, and Linus in You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Special thanks to the entire Resident Theatre Company team. Love to Mom, Dad, Amber, Brianne, Mike, and Aiden. Proud member of Actors’ Equity. www.johnwilkening.com