OTC Auditions

Oceanside Theatre Company announces auditions for Next to Normal!

Oceanside Theatre Company
217 N Coast Hwy, Oceanside, CA 92049
Artistic Director – Kevin “Blax” Burroughs
Managing Director – Alex Goodman


Next To Normal
Directed by Frankie Errington
Musical Direction by Randi Rudolph
Musical Staging by Alyssa “Ajay” Junious


Video Submission Deadline March 4 at 11:59pm
Initial auditions via virtual submissions. Callbacks will take place IN PERSON on March 12th at the theatre.
Callback invitations and sides will be sent via email by invitation only.


Any questions can be sent to auditions@oceansidetheatre.org.

Next to Normal is a rock musical/ opera very much stylized through a concert meets Brechtian lens. Stripping away the literal world to find an exciting focus on the emotional and cerebral experience of what it is to be human. This requires a strength in vulnerability and reliance upon the ensemble to support each others’ story. Much of the story is told through song. We are looking for actors with incredibly expressive musicianship to be able to tap into the intricacies of these characters. The story IS the score. The music is working for you. So let it. The show very much lives in the world of rock, pop, folk which leans into the individual voice. We can’t wait to listen to who you are. We welcome performers of all races, gender identities, disabilities, and body types.

Book & Lyrics by Brian Yorkey, Music by Tom Kitt
Playing Dates
May 10, 2024 – May 26, 2024
Questions should be directed via email to auditions@oceansidetheatre.org
Audition Submissions Due By: March 4, 2024
Callback: March 12
First rehearsal: April 8, 2024
Payment Type: Paid
Union Type: Non-Union
Payment: In compliance with AB5, all actors paid Oceanside minimum wage at $16/hr for all rehearsals and performances.
Role Title: Diana
Gender: Any
Age Range:  40s

Description: Suburban wife and mother. She has bipolar disorder which interferes with her ability to to function and care for herself. This complicates her relationships with her husband, daughter, son, and most paramount, herself. She is deep in grief, caught in the turbulence of treatments and side effects, all the while desperate to feel like herself again. Must find the complexity, nuance, and power through ultimate humanity. Vocal range top: F#5 Vocal range bottom: G3

Role Title: Dan
Gender: Male
Age Range: 40s

Description: This role has been cast.

Role Title: Gabe
Gender: Any
Age Range: 18

Description: Diana & Dan’s son. He is everything a mother could imagine. Has a presence that is persistent, powerful, and tender at times. One moment is demanding to be seen and heard while the next he is gently asking for attention. Vocal range top: C5 Vocal range bottom: B2

Role Title: Natalie
Gender: Any
Age Range: 16-18

Description: Natalie is Diana and Dan’s Daughter, and Gabe’s sister. Bright, talented pianist, with a side of angsty teen that is often pushed aside in order for the family to care for her mother. Music is her escape from the instability at home. Finds comfort in Henry who shows her a perspective. She is eager to leave and start her life. Vocal range top: G5 Vocal range bottom: G3

Role Title: Henry
Gender: Any
Age Range: 16-18

Description: Natalie’s classmate. The all-around musician, philosopher, and slacker. Henry sees Natalie and plays an important role in her ability to express any feeling about her family. Has an intoxicating capacity for empathy and romance. Vocal range top: B4 Vocal range bottom: G#2

Role Title: Dr. Madden
Gender: Any
Age Range: 30s-40s

Description: Diana’s psychiatrist. Quite assured in their practice and considered somewhat of a rock star. Though there is care for the patient, the focus is more about treating the symptoms rather than the person. Vocal range top: A4 Vocal range bottom: A2

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