Show must go on despite setback

LAURA BASHAM
Last updated 13:38 02/07/2014
Next to normal
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Myer van Gosliga performs in the Off Broadway Performing Arts School production of Next to Normal directed by Tami Mansfield at the Suter Theatre.

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In true showbiz style, it is a case of the show will go on for Nelson's Off Broadway Performing Arts School's musical production of Next to Normal.

The show ran into problems when ticket seller Everyman closed its doors on Monday afternoon, going into liquidation.

Show director Tami Mansfield estimates 90 ticket sales have been affected but said the show at the Suter Theatre would go ahead this Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The musical has proved a success, winning a Pulitzer and three Tony awards on Broadway in 2010.

It is about mental health issues, and the Nelson Marlborough District Health Board's Mental Health Services was supporting the show with the cost of hiring the theatre, she said.

"This is a great show, it does have heavy themes, but it's funny and the music is great," she said.

"These kids are so talented it will be an amazing show . . . everyone is putting so much work into it, we really don't want people to miss it because we don't have money to advertise. Nelson has been very good to us since we moved here so I'm optimistic that people will come along and help us to make this show happen."

Next to Normal is about a couple who lose one of their children and can't cope. Sixteen years later, daughter Natalie takes a self-destructive path due to her parents' neglect.

She meets 16-year-old Henry, a "bit of a stoner" who shows her love for the first time. Diana, her mother, has manic depression and their lives are consumed with pills, doctors, and hospital visits; while Dan, the father, "protects" them from the conversations that actually need to happen.

The result is shocking with some surprising and haunting twists.

Next to Normal will be staged by Off Broadway at the Suter Theatre at 7pm Friday, Saturday, and Sunday plus a 2pm matinee on Saturday. PG 13 is advised. Tickets $22 at the door. Those who bought their tickets at Everyman should contact adelelouise.tunnicliff@gmail.com

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