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Next to Normal


NEXT TO NORMAL is an inventive, emotional and powerful production about one family trying to take care of themselves and each other.   With a thrilling contemporary score, “Next to Normal” is the acclaimed groundbreaking musical that won three 2009 Tony awards for best actress, Alice Ripley, best score and best orchestrations and a 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama.  This original musical about people has an electrifying score with music by Tom Kitt and book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey.  “Next to Normal” is one of the most talked about Broadway shows in recent history.  It is a deeply affecting and thought-provoking musical experience.

NEXT TO NORMAL will be presented June 15, 16, 22 and 23, 2012 at 7:30 p.m. and June 17 and 24, 2012 at 5:00 p.m. at the Charleston Civic Center Little Theater. Call the Guild Box Office at (304) 343-2287 for tickets and more information.

The Charleston Light Opera Guild production of NEXT TO NORMAL is sponsored by Mrs. Alex Schoenbaum.

NEXT TO NORMAL is a headlining event of FestivALL Charleston 2012, when a City Becomes a Work of Art.






Emily is a seasoned performer who recently played the lyric role of Grace in our Clay Center co-production of Annie.  She made her Charleston Light Opera Guild debut in our Summer Theatre 2009 FestivALL featured production of Curtains in the comedic role of Georgia Hendricks.  Her musical theatre resume includes choice singers roles such as Mrs. Malloy in Hello, Dolly!, Nancy in Oliver!, Sarah in Guys and Dolls and Sondheim's Saturday Night.  Operatic performances include Mabel in The Pirates of Penzance, and leading roles in The Magic Flute and Argento's Postcards from Morocco.  Emily appeared at the Spoleto Festival in productions of Romeo et Juliette and Don Giovanni.   Her musical education includes degrees in Vocal Performance, Music Education and Choral Conducting from Otterbein College in Ohio and Westminster Choir College in Princeton, New Jersey. She is the conductor of womanSong Chorale, with whom she also performs, and she founded Cora Voce, a chorus for high school girls as part of the Appalachian Childrens Chorus and she teaches Music Together, an early childhood music program for young children and their families.  Emily and her husband, Christian, are the parents of two young children, Rudy and Clara.  Christian, to whom she dedicates her performance, is currently serving NATO and the United States Air Force as a Rule of Law Mentor in Afghanistan.




Ryan made his Charleston Light Opera Guild debut as Roger in our Summer Theatre 2009 production of Rent which only added to his diverse performing arts resume.  He is a well known performer in both Charleston and Huntington.  Most recently, Ryan played the challenging role of Jesus in the Contemporary Youth Arts Company production of Jesus Christ Superstar. With the Charleston Stage Company Ryan has appeared in the title role of Hedwig and the Angry Inch, as the Emcee in Cabaret, Renfield in Dracula, as Katurian in The Pillowman and Frank N' Furter in The Rocky Horror Show, one of the three times he has appeared in that show.  Huntington audiences will recall his portrayal of the dual characters Jekyll & Hyde in Arts Resources for the Tri-State's production and Cervantes/DonQuixote in Man of LaMancha with the 5th Avenue Theatre Company He has performed the role of Chauvelin in The Scarlet Pimpernell with ACTC, the Beast in the Huntington Outdoor Theatre production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast and as Robbie in their production of The Wedding Singer.  Ryan was chosen by popular audience vote as the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra's first Symphony Idol and has been featured vocalist with the WVSO, the Huntington Symphony Orchestra and recently headlined the WVSO Pops Concerts at the Clay Center.  In addition to performing arts, Ryan is a graphic artist and serves as Art Director for WCHS/FOX 11 TV.  He and his wife, Jean, share a home in Huntington with three daughters Chloe, Celeste and Chelsea.




Madeline played the role of Lou Ann in the Charleston Light Opera Guild/Clay Center collaboration of Hairspray at the Clay Center last summer.   She performed the role of Lady Larkin for the Huntington First Stage Theatre production of Once Upon a Mattress.  While a student at Nitro High School, Madeline was a four year member of the Nitro Showcats show choir and served as both dance captain and soloist.  She attended the prestigious Governor's School for the Arts in 2010 and is a Kanawha United Presbyterian Church Choral Scholar.  Madeline has studied voice with Deborah Lucas for several years and she is the oldest of five sisters.  By day you can find Madeline at Teays Valley Cinemas. She will attend Baldwin Wallace college in Cleveland next fall as a psychology and vocal music therapy major.







Scott is returning to the Charleston Light Opera Guild stage after a long absence.  He made his Guild debut in our 2007 production of Ragtime.  Scott is a South Charleston High School graduate who performed with the SCHS Chorale as a singer and played the role of Linus in You're a Good Man Charlie Brown and a Munchkin & Monkey in The Wizard of Oz.  He studied tap and jazz at Libby's Dance Connection for many years.  Scott holds a Bachelors of Business Administration from Marshall with a degree in Marketing and he is currently working toward earning a Masters of Professional Counseling from Liberty University.  This busy young man is employed at Parkline, Inc. where he handles print and media advertising and marketing and organizes exhibits at trade shows across the country.  Scott is the proud father of five year old daughter, Emily.






Matthew is making his Charleston Light Opera Guild debut in Next to Normal, but his passion for performance has been a lifelong pursuit.  While as student at St. Albans High School, he was a four year member of the St. Albans Classix and a two year member of the St. Albans Elite Show Choirs and performed as soloist in both groups.  As an Alderson Broaddus Applied Voice Major, Matthew appeared with the AB College players as Conrad Swibel in Working, as Man One in A Bench at the Edge and in Trio of Poe he played Prince Prospero, Aesthetic Ethix & Dignitary.  Matthew has studied jazz, ballet, tap and musical theatre dance for six years as well as classical voice, and he studied Integrated Musical Theatre at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in New York City.  Matthew plans to return to New York in September to continue his theatrical training and to pursue his dream of becoming a professional performer.




Dr. Fine/Dr. Madden

Tim has appeared in countless Guild productions in both leading and ensemble roles and is always behind the scenes in the administration of the organization.   Tim's on-stage roles include the heartfelt Reverend Moore in Footloose, Tom Thumb inBarnum, Muzzy's Boy in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Gangster #1 in The Drowsey Chaperone, Humbert in Hair, Neal Tilden in The 1940's Radio Hour, Mayor of the Whos in Seussical the Musical, Mortimer in The Fantasticks, Andrew McNair in 1776, Al, Don and Mark in three different productions of A Chorus Line, Eugene in Grease, and other singing and dancing roles in Ragtime, Cinderella, Anything Goes, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, They're Playing Our Song, The Music Man, Into the Woods, The Producers and many more.  Tim is a long time board member, past secretary and is currently serving his second term as president of the Guild's Board of Directors. He served as Treasurer for the Charleston Theatre Festival for two years.  Tim is a CPA and is Chief Financial Officer for the WV Department of Health and Human Resources Bureau for Public Health.  His musical talents are also in use in his role of choir and handbell director for Spring Hill Baptist Church.


Artistic Director is Nina Denton Pasinetti, Musical Director is John Marshall, Accompanist is Leah Lewis.

Cast photos by Tom Ong.





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