By Randi Somers
This weekend Pier One Theatre stages a musical for its final show of the summer, Next to Normal by Brian Yorkey with music by Tom Kitt, directed by Marc Oliver with musical direction by JulieAnn Smith.
As with Andy at the start of the summer season, Pier One closes with a bang, a rock musical in the style of Rent.
The plot, according to Pier One, follows the problems of a suburban family of four, a husband and wife with two teenagers, who are dealing with trying circumstances. The storyline involves the mother’s bipolar disorder, the treatments she goes through and the effects on her family. The cast of six provide a compact and intimate story, backed by a live band of rock instruments and strings. Despite the serious nature of the theme, the story, while moving, also provides some humor. The core of Next to Normal is its reality. The characters are as real as anyone in today’s world and the trials they go through mirror modern day problems to the T.
This play won the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama.
Pier One veterans and newcomers provide the action. Returning actors include Maura Jones (formerly Gibson), Emerson Quarton and Jacob Mayforth and introduces Jessica Williams in her first Pier One performance. She has the leading role of Diana. Also joining the cast is Kevin Ray Johnson, a repertory actor from the east coast who is between stints of playing his character, Dr. Madden, in Pennsylvania and New Jersey. “We are thrilled to have him join the Pier One family for this very special production,” director Oliver said.
The final weekend starts tomorrow and runs through Sunday, beginning at 7:30 p.m. General admission is $15 with discounts available for students, seniors and Raven’s club members. Coupons for $2 off can be found in the local paper. For information and reservations call 235-7333. Advance tickets are available at the Homer Bookstore.
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