Next to Normal

Westside Theatre, 1200 Shakespeare St., Missoula, MT

"Next to Normal is a musical with book and lyrics written by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt that was nominated for 11 Tony Awards in 2009. It is known for its complex portrayal of mental health disorders and treatments (including bringing light to ethically controversial treatments, such as ECT), particularly regarding bipolar disorder, depression, and suicidal thoughts and actions. It follows a family that has lived through tragedy and loss highlighting how tragedy and the resulting mental health issues affect all members of the family.

Our production dates were chosen carefully in order to align the AM Theatrical’s goal to benefit groups in need with the national Suicide Prevention Awareness as well as Depression and Health Screening Months. This production will partner with mental health organizations in our community for talk back opportunities after each performance so that this production can serve as a catalyst for people to talk openly about the mental health crisis in our country as well as the need for safe spaces to discuss grief, loss, depression, anxiety, and mental health in general.

The themes and performance dates they are associated with are as follows: Thursday September 22: Maternal Mental Health Friday September 23: Child Loss, Support Systems, and Allies Saturday September 24: Suicide Prevention and Mental Health in the Indigenous and LGBTQIAS2+ Communities Thursday September 29: Youth at Risk Friday September 30: Substance Use Disorder Saturday October 1: Grief, Depression, and Depression Screening"

$25 in-advance, $28 day-of. All ticket prices include access to the various mental health talkback panels following each performance