The Z, The Governor’s School for the Arts, and Virginia Musical Theatre announce auditions for Next to Normal, directed by Chip Gallagher with musical direction by Bart Kuebler.

Auditions will be held at The Z on Saturday, 14 December from 10 AM-5 PM, with callbacks the evening of Monday, 16 December. Rehearsals will begin 17 March 2020. The preview performance is Thursday, 2 April 2020, and press opening is Friday, 3 April. The show closes on Sunday, 12 April. The following roles are being cast:

Diana Goodman, Female, 40-45, G3-F#5

Dan Goodman, Male, 40-45, Ab2-B4

Dr. Madden/Dr. Fine, Male, 30-40, A2-A4

Gabriel “Gabe” Goodman, Male, 18-21, B2-C5

Natalie Goodman, Female, 16, G3-G5

Henry, Male, 17, G#2-B4

Please prepare two contrasting vocal selections appropriate for the style of the show. All roles are paid; AEA contracts will be special appearance Tier 2.

If you have additional questions, please contact us at [email protected] with the subject line: Next to Normal Auditions. Sign up for audition slot below:

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We are always in need of talented performers here at The Z. Each season we present a full slate of theater and cabaret. We want to connect with you!

As each audition approaches, we send emails and make online appointment booking available. Make sure to sign up for the audition mailing list! We will provide more information on cast breakdowns with each audition email. Here are audition dates we have already booked for the 2019-2020 Season:

Monday 16 September 2019, 6-9 PM: Basses are Loaded, a new play by Caitlyn Kamminga. A reading as part of the Hatchery series of new works. Directed by Bart Kuebler. Performance dates 22-24 November 2019. Four men, ranging in age from late 20’s through late 60’s.

Monday 4 November 2019, 6-9 PM: Saint Irene’s, a new play by Manoli Kouremetis. World Premiere as part of the Hatchery series of new works, directed by Sarah Norris. Performance dates 23 January-2 February 2020. Callbacks Tuesday 5 November, 6-9 PM. Two Women, Three Men.

Sunday 24 November 2019, 1-5 PM: Macbeth, presented as part of the No Holds Bard Shakespeare Festival. Performance dates 19-22 February 2020. Directed by Matt Burchfield. Callbacks Monday 25 November, 6-9 PM. A total of fifteen cast, variable ages.

Saturday 14 December 2019, 10 AM-5 PM: Next to Normal, directed by Chip Gallagher with musical direction by Bart Kuebler. Performance dates 2-12 April 2020. Produced by The Z, The Governor’s School for the Arts, and Virginia Musical Theatre; presented by arrangement with MTI. Callbacks Monday 16 December, 6-9:30 PM.

Monday 27 January 2020, 6-9 PM: The Opulent 80’s cabaret. A new cabaret featuring the music of the 1980’s juxtaposed with the cultural attitudes and dress of Marie Antoinette’s Bourbon court of the 1780’s. We are looking for unique performers willing to explore the absurd and unafraid of breaking the fourth wall. Must be a strong singer above all else. Performance dates 24 April-2 May 2020. No set cast; the show will be built around the personalities.

Monday 11 May 2020, 6-9 PM: Works in Progress 2020, a selection of new works developed by playwrights in the American Dreamwright’s Workshop. Performance dates 19-21 June 2020. Cast info available when pieces are completed!

The Z casts regardless of Actor’s Equity Association affiliation. The Z has two theaters, a flex-seating Studio Theater and a 299-seat Main Stage. Generally, Studio Theater shows are either on an AEA Special Appearance Tier 1 contract or hourly reading contract, depending on the production. Main Stage AEA contracts are at the appropriate AEA tier rating. Non-AEA actors can expect to receive similar wages, but without the benefit payments. The Z is unable to issue EMC points.