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Next to Normal


Wed 8 Oct 2014, 7:30pm–9:40pm
Fri 10 Oct 2014, 7:30pm–9:40pm
Sat 11 Oct 2014, 2:00pm–4:10pm
Sat 11 Oct 2014, 7:30pm–9:40pm
Sun 12 Oct 2014, 2:00pm–4:10pm

Where: The Suter Theatre, 208 Bridge St, Nelson, Nelson / Tasman

Restrictions: R13

Listed by: offbroadwaytami

We are back! Teens from Nelson perform in the Pulitzer prize winning musical from Broadway called Next to Normal. After selling out our final show in July and turning 30 people away, we had to revive this amazing production.

“I’m seldom lost for words but this outstanding, hard hitting production left me stunned…The Pulitzer prize winning musical opens in a kitchen where a mother waits for her teenage son in the early morning. Nothing unusual there but cracks soon show in the veneer of ordinariness as lives in parallel generations unravel… This PG 13 performance is real, confronting, no-holds-barred stuff that’s also sensitive and ultimately uplifting… The raw intensity and emotion from the *four is palpable…The standing ovation reflected the triumph of how they made it speak to us.” - Judith Paviell, Nelson Mail July 5, 2014.

*four is in reference to Nelson teens: Georgia Chapple, Natalie Davies, Nick Erasmuson, and Myer van Gosliga.

A musical about depression may sound like a weird mix, but "this is the musical we want to perform…” says the students. “…we see it as important to share, especially in our culture – sweeping big feelings under the carpet is dangerous and we want to say that no one is alone… we feel that we barely scratched the surface with the first run, meaning there are so many more people in our community to reach – we need to perform (at least) 5 more shows.”

They certainly are not alone as the community had such an overwhelming response to the production (turning 30 people away at the door) that Next to Normal is on again for a second run thanks to Nelson Intermediate and some support from NMDHB and Health Action Trust.

“Next to Normal” is Directed by Tami Mansfield, at The Suter Theatre

Tickets $21 + service fees at, the theatre royal box office, and Nelson I-SITE and Richmond Mall.

Next to Normal cast: Natalie Davies, Nick Erasmuson, Georgia Chapple, Brook Bennett, Louis Laws, Taylor Pumphrey, Jamie Thomson, Emma McIlroy, Myer van Gosliga, Claire Graham, Callum Elvy, Sam McIlroy (guitar), and Peter Thomson (bass).

Ph: 021 2606 189