Playmakers return, announces auditions

Lenoir-Rhyne University announces audition calls for its 2021 Playmakers production of "Next to Normal." The auditions are Aug. 31 and Sept. 1 at 7 p.m. in Belk Centrum.

"Next to Normal" is adapted from the 2008 rock musical and book with lyrics written by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. It tells the story of a mother diagnosed with bipolar disorder and how that impacts her family.

The performance is presented through a special arrangement with Music Theatre International (MTI) with all authorized performance materials supplied by MTI. Theatre professor Lindsay Weitkamp directs the show, and Christopher Nigrelli provides musical direction.

The show will run Wednesday, Nov. 10 through Saturday, Nov. 13 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 14 at 2:30 p.m. in Belk Centrum.

For auditions, potential cast members should prepare one verse from two contrasting songs, bring sheet music — songs can be from the show or a similar style — and be prepared to read from the script. Masks and proof of a vaccination card are also required to audition.

For more information about the audition process or the production, contact Weitkamp at

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