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NEXT TO NORMAL
Winner of 3 Tony® Awards and the Pulitzer Prize
Music by
Tom Kitt Book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey

Director
Julie James
Musical Director
Katie Coleman
Choreographer
Lee Ann Payne

Nov. 16 - Dec. 11, 2016

This groundbreaking, award-winning musical explores how one suburban family copes with crisis. With a thrilling contemporary score, this intense, emotional drama is full of surprises and humor that aims right for the heart with its story of a woman who struggles to keep it together and the effect her bipolar disorder has on her family. Next To Normal was chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics with major publications around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.


"a brave, breathtaking musical" – NY Times


This production is funded, in part, by grants from the following organizations:
The Shubert Foundation
The David & Lucile Packard Foundation

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Photos ©2016 Steve DiBartolomeo-Westside Studio Images

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DIRECTOR:

Julie James (Director) is the founder and Artistic Director of Jewel Theatre Company where she has directed several productions including Woman in Mind, Pump Boys & Dinettes, Blithe Spirit (co-directed with Diana Torres Koss), Company, Raised in Captivity, You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown, I Do! I Do! and Love Match, among others. Julie has also taught theatre and directed community and college productions in Santa Clara and Santa Cruz Counties. As an actor, Julie has appeared in Jewel Theatre's productions of Next To Normal, Guys and Dolls, Complications from a Fall, Harper Regan, What the Butler Saw, Pump Boys and Dinettes, Arcadia, One for the Road, Mary Stuart, Hello and Goodbye, The House of Blue Leaves, Sylvia, Women on Fire, and Raised in Captivity. She has also performed with several theatres in the Bay Area and beyond, including Marin Theatre Company, Sierra Repertory Theatre, Idaho Shakespeare Festival, Shakespeare Santa Cruz, American Musical Theatre of San Jose, California Conservatory Theatre, Center Repertory Theatre, The Willows Theatre, and VITA Shakespeare Festival. Julie holds a B.A. in Theatre Arts from Santa Clara University.

MUSICAL DIRECTOR:

Katie Coleman (Musical Director) A graduate of University of the Pacific's Conservatory of Music, Katie is a music director and pianist based in Mountain View, CA. She is grateful to have the opportunity to work on this beautiful and challenging show with such a strong team. Recent credits include Assassins (directed by Lee Ann Payne), Bat Boy, Urinetown, Great American Trailer Park Musical, and Company with Los Altos Stage Company, Into the Woods and Chicago with Palo Alto Players, and Funny Thing... Forum and Sunday In The Park with George with Foothill Music Theatre. She can also be found in the pit for Lion King in SF this month.


CHOREOGRAHPER:

Lee Ann Payne (Choreographer) Lee Ann is excited to be a part of this wonderful show with Jewel Theatre. Lee Ann was last seen on the Jewel Theatre stage as The Blonde in GunMetal Blues, as the tap dancing cast member of World Goes Round and as Amy in Company. However, behind the scenes, Lee Ann has choreographed last season's Guys and Dolls and Pump Boys and Dinettes along with many other Jewel Theatre musicals. When not performing, she is directing and creating choreography for many local companies in the Bay Area. Thanks to Julie for giving her the opportunity to play this wonderfully complex character and for casting the perfect husband, her ACTUAL husband, Chris Reber.

 



THE PLAYERS:

Nick Gallego* (Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden) is thrilled to be making his Jewel Theatre debut. Mr. Gallego has appeared regionally in productions of Learned Ladies of Park Ave., A Little Night Music and Children of Eden. Having last appeared in Emma at TheatreWorks he also performed in Beauty and the Beast (American Musical Theatre of San Jose) La Cage Aux Folles, Candide, The King and I, Les Misérables, and Jesus Christ Superstar, to name a few.



Ryland Gordon (Henry) is proud to be performing for the first time with Jewel Theatre Company. Though he has been in the Santa Cruz theatre community for over a decade, he hasn't had the privilege of working with JTC before now and couldn't be happier with the experience he's had here. His most recent stage role was this past summer when he appeared as Fyedka in Cabrillo Stage's Fiddler on the Roof. Some of his favorite roles include Emcee in Cabaret, Riff in West Side Story, Will in American Idiot, and Roger in Rent, all at various community theatre companies including All About Theatre and a local Teen Theatre he helped his friend start. He also appeared in the title roles of Pippin and Tommy at San Lorenzo Valley High where he graduated in 2013. Next to Normal has been near and dear to his heart since it came out, and he hopes you enjoy the show as much as he does!

Brittany Law (Natalie) is thrilled to be making her Jewel Theatre debut as Natalie in Next To Normal! Brittany most recently originated the role of Elizabeth Bennet in the national premier of Pride and Prejudice the Musical. Other favorite credits include Hope Cladwell in Urinetown the Musical, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Eponine in Les Miserables, and Cinderella in Into the Woods. Brittany is a proud graduate of PCPA. Lots of love and thanks to her family, the cast, crew, creative team, and Zachary for their support. www.brittanylaw.weebly.com.



Lee Ann Payne* (Diana) Lee Ann is excited to be a part of this wonderful show with Jewel Theatre. Lee Ann was last seen on the Jewel Theatre stage as The Blonde in GunMetal Blues, as the tap dancing cast member of World Goes Round and as Amy in Company. However, behind the scenes, Lee Ann has choreographed last season's Guys and Dolls and Pump Boys and Dinettes along with many other Jewel Theatre musicals. When not performing, she is directing and creating choreography for many local companies in the Bay Area. Thanks to Julie for giving her the opportunity to play this wonderfully complex character and for casting the perfect husband, her ACTUAL husband, Chris Reber.



Christopher Reber* (Dan) appeared in Jewel Theatre Company's Talley's Folly (Matt), Guys and Dolls (Nathan Detroit), Pump Boys and Dinettes (Jim), Arcadia (Chater), and Gunmetal Blues (Sam). New York credits include Betty & the Belrays (Joe) at Theater for a New City and The Time of Mendel's Trouble (Murray) at the Beckett Theatre at Theatre Row. He has been seen in TheatreWorks' Cyrano (Raganeau) and Peter and the Starcatcher (Alf). San Francisco Playhouse credits include Company (Harry, BATCC Nominee) and Jerusalem (Wesley); at San Jose Repertory Theatre A Christmas Carol 2.0 (Christmas Present), and at Oxford and Cambridge Till We Have Faces (Bardia). His film and TV appearances include The Tiger Woods Story and 18 Wheels of Justice. Mr. Reber earned his MFA from The Actors Studio Drama School and is a proud member of Actors Equity. For Ehud.

Coleton Schmitto (Gabe) makes his Jewel Theatre Company debut with Next To Normal. His recent theater credits include We Are Proud To Present... (San Jose Stage), The Unfortunates (American Conservatory Theater), Memphis (Cabrillo Music Theatre), Guys and Dolls (Ralph Freud Playhouse), and Fiddler on the Roof (Woodminster Summer Musicals). He graduated from UCLA with a B.A. in Communications Studies and a minor in Theater. After completing his degree, he traveled the world as a principal vocalist on AIDA Cruises.





*Member, Actors' Equity Association.