February 20 – March 15, 2015
Next to Normal
Music by Tom Kitt
Book and Lyrics by Brian Yorkey
Directed by Jeff Orton
Music Direction by Josh Zimmerman
Stage Management by Abigail Pishaw

NEXT TO NORMAL, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, NEXT TO NORMAL was also chosen as “one of the year’s ten best shows” by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.

Dad’s an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal, because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. NEXT TO NORMAL takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family’s story with love, sympathy and heart.

*PARENTAL ADVISORY: Strong language and mature subject matter. May not be suitable for all audiences.

Thursday, February 19, 2015 8pm - PWYC Preview
Friday, February 20, 2015 8pm - Opening Night

Saturday, February 21, 2015 8pm
Thursday, February 26, 2015 8pm
Friday, February 27, 2015 8pm
Saturday, February 28, 2015 8pm
Thursday, March 5, 2015 8pm
Friday, March 6, 2015 8pm
Saturday, March 7, 2015 8pm
Thursday, March 12, 2015 8pm
Friday, March 13, 2015 8pm
Saturday, March 14, 2015 8pm
Sunday, March 15, 2015 2pm Matinee


Ann Cornelius (Diana) graduated Shenandoah University with a BFA Music Theater. She has worked in both theater and film/tv, such as Netflix "house of cards" to Miss Sandra in "All Shook up!" She loves all facets of the arts! She is new to the Seattle area and is so ecstatic to be making her debut here at SecondStory Rep!  

Ryan McCabe (Dan Goodman) Previously at SecondStory Rep: La Cage Aux Folles [2014 Gypsy Rose Lee Award nominee] and Kiss Of The Spider Woman. Thanks to my family, Jeff, Josh, The Squolf, and Kat. “When our long night is done there will be light.”

Nicholas Tarabini (Gabe) is so excited to be making his SSR debut! Past credits include: Fiddler on the Roof (Motel), Jesus Christ Superstar (Simon), Hairspray (Link), Les Miserable (Grantaire). Thanks to his family and friends for their love and support.

Aaron Howland (Doctor) is brand new to the Seattle area, hailing from New Hampshire where he studied theater at Keene State College. His favorite roles include Roger in RENT, Elyot Chase in PRIVATE LIVES, and Brad in ROCKY HORROR PICTURE SHOW. He is thrilled that SecondStory Repertory is giving him the opportunity to act in one of his favorite musicals of all time. Thanks to mom for everything!

Christopher Ellis (Henry) a recent graduate of the University of Puget Sound, is thrilled to be making his first appearance with SecondStory in one of his favorite shows. Previous credits include roles in In The Next Room, Ragtime, and Puget Sound's A Night of Opera Scenes. He sends his love to the cast, crew, and Ado.

Regan Morris (Natalie) bio not provided.


Abigail Pishaw (Stage Manager) is super excited to be working on her first show with SSR! A Development Coordinator by day, stage manager by night, she has stage managed for Ghost Light Theatricals (she is also their Marketing Director), Theater Schmeater and Taproot Theatre Company. Next up, she will be ASM for Taproot's "Jeeves Intervenes" in the late spring.

Laurie Roberts (Costume Designer) is very happy and proud to be returning to design costumes for this production of Next to Normal.  She has costumed many productions for SSR over the years including Picasso at the Lapin Agile and The Mystery of Irma Vep. Her work will next be seen in this Spring's production of Pinkalicious: the Musical.  Thanks to the cast and production team of this show for all of their hard work.  Thanks to Mark and Jen for the opportunity.


SecondStory Repertory’s mission is to entertain, educate, and enlighten the diverse communities of artists and audiences on Seattle’s Eastside.


7325 166th AVE NE Suite F250, Redmond, WA 98052

Box Office Hours: Tues-Sat 2pm-6pm
(and two hours prior to every performance)