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Black Washed Wall

Kelsay + Morales Company is currently accepting video submissions for Next To Normal, produced by New Generation Theatrical in Orlando, FL.


SEEKING: A diverse cast of Equity and Non-Equity musical theatre actors. Performers of all ethnic backgrounds, body types, and gender identities are strongly encouraged to submit. ​Actors must be local to Orlando/Central Florida. We are seeking a fully vaccinated (COVID-19) company.

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, June 14th, 2023

audition breakdown


Music: Tom Kitt

Book and Lyrics: Brian Yorkey


New Generation Theatrical

Executive Producer: Aaron Safer

Producer: Faith Boles

Director: Shonn McCloud

Music Director: TBA

Casting Director: Kayla Kelsay Morales & Joshian Morales


Union: OAT Contract (Cat II) 
Non Union: $20/hour (Understudies and swings are paid an extra $1 per assigned role up to $25/hour.)


Rehearsals begin August 7, 2023
Show Dates: September 21- October 1, 2023 (Thursday-Sunday show schedule, with a planned Monday industry night performance on Sep 25.)




From an outsider’s perspective, this African American family lives a normal suburban life. Dad helps mom around the house, the daughter is an overachieving high school student and the son has a loving relationship with his parents. However, thru the eyes of the mother’s bipolar disorder and mental health struggles, the family starts to question what is the actual definition of “normal”. Is life just an illusion of beautiful memories? Or do we have to face our inner conflicts in order to gain clarity? In a new concept of this powerful rock musical, the story wrestles with the stigma around mental health in the BIPOC/Black community and the effects it has on family dynamics.

Content Advisory: This show contains language, and themes of death, grief, drug use, sex, mental health, electroshock therapy, neglect, emotional abuse, and suicide.


(NOTE: All actors must be 18 years of age or older.)

DIANA: Mid – late 30s, Black. Sexy, sharp, funny, often on edge, always interesting. A delusional bipolar depressive who’s been on various medications for more than fifteen years, she can be distant and forlorn one moment and alert and blazingly alive the next. Quick to laugh, quick to anger and full of spark and contradictions. Strong belt with comfortable soprano mix. LEAD.

DAN: Mid – late 30s, any ethnicity. Diana’s husband. Kind, gentle, strong, patient, long-suffering. An architect and family man, he’s diligent and faithful and always struggles to stay positive and in control, even at the cost of expressing his own emotions. Adores his wife, who’s filled with the fire he wishes he had. Wry, self-effacing humor. Tenor with strong characteristic voice. LEAD.

GABE: Actor plays "almost 18". Biracial or Black. Diana and Dan’s son. Dashing, bright, witty, kind, athletic; everything a mother would want. Sometimes snarky and sarcastic, sometimes deadly serious, with a healthy sense of play but a gravity that belies his years. Strong rock tenor with falsetto. LEAD.

NATALIE: Actress plays age 16. Biracial or Black. Diana and Dan’s daughter. Bright, determined, energetic; an overachiever. Responds to the dysfunction in her highly imperfect family by being as perfect as she can be. Tightly wound, and desperate to please and to keep the peace, but not without a sense of humor about her circumstances. Strong mezzo belt. LEAD.

HENRY: Actor plays age 17. Black. Natalie’s boyfriend. A mellow musician, genius and coffee-shop philosopher. Soulfully funny, with a scruffy charm and a floppy style, he’s unassuming and unpretentious but perceptive, thoughtful and compassionate. Baritenor. LEAD

DR. MADDEN: Man, 30s – 50s, any ethnicity. Up-and-coming psychiatrist, committed to alternative methods and holistic healing. Assured, confident, quietly intense, piercingly insightful. Buttoned-down doctor with a rock-star soul. (Also plays Dr. Fine, a psychopharmacologist.) Baritone. LEAD. 



The producer is seeking a cast that is fully vaccinated against COVID-19.


Please submit a headshot and resume, and a 16-32 bar cut of a Musical Theatre selection in the style of the show, AND a short monologue in the style of the show or one of the provided sides at this LINK. Actor are welcome to sing from the show. (YouTube or Vimeo link preferred.)

Actors may submit their video submissions by clicking the button below. (Preferred method.) If unable to use the provided link, performers may submit by emailing the link to their submission video (YouTube or Vimeo link) and a PDF headshot and resume to

Submission Deadline: Wednesday, June 14th, 2023

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