October 26, 2012

Next To Normal Opens NEXT FRIDAY!

She&Her Productions*

November 2-18
Directed by Tiffany Garrison-Schweigert
Music Director and Conductor: Jim Vinkenberg


"NEXT TO NORMAL is a brave, breathtaking
musical...It is something much more than a feel-
good musical. It is a feel-everything musical."—
The New York Times


Winner: Three 2009 Tony Awards® and 2010 Pulitzer
Prize! Meet Diana–sexy, sharp and desperately
trying to hold on to her family, including husband
Dan–handsome, genuine and hard-working, struggling
to juggle being a father and a husband. Welcome to
the world of NEXT TO NORMAL, the brilliant,
evocative winner of the 2010 Pulitzer Prize that
takes us inside the lives of a typical American
family that's anything but typical. Contains
Strong Language and Themes.

Next To Normal CAST

Daniel Beeman is a Nebraska-born 19 year-old who
just loves to be on stage. He has been performing
through several outlets such as ballet, jazz, tap,
musical theatre, show choir, and other choral
programs for over 10 years. He is also an
accomplished competitive Irish dancer, having
recently competed at the World Championships in
Ireland. He has had the privilege to perform solo
and with professional acts on stages in Belfast,
Omaha, Branson, Nashville, Chicago, Kansas City,
and Orlando. Musical theatre credits include Timon
in The Lion King, Linus in The Music Man, Link
Larkin in scenes from Hairspray, and starring as
Alex in his high school's originial musical
production, Turning Green. Daniel is also the Duke
of the Show Me Pride Youth Royalty Court and has
been performing in the weekly "MJ Knight's Dinner
is a Drag Show" at Hamburger Mary's Kansas City.
He plans to continue performing and thanks his
family and friends for theirundying support
through everything he does!

Graham Fairleigh is making his She&Her debut. Some
of Graham's favorite roles on the KC stage
include; Barrett in Titanic, Cinderella's Prince
in Into The Woods, Man 2 in Songs for a New World,
The Boss in Side Show and Cladwell in Urinetown.
Graham has also performed as a Cabaret artist and
a concert soloist in various venues around the
Kansas City area.

Robert Hingula is ecstatic to be a part of Next to
Normal and his first show with She & Her
Productions. Robert has appeared in numerous other
performances in the KC-Metro area including Tommy
(Tommy), [title of show](Hunter), The Wedding
Singer (Robbie Hart), Rent (Roger), Aida (Zoser),
Grease (Kenickie), Oklahoma!(Curley), and
Footloose (Chuck Cranston). This summer Robert
will be appearing in Sweeney Todd (Sweeney) and
You're a Good Man Charlie Brown! (Snoopy) at
Shawnee Mission Theatre in the Park. When not on
stage, Robert spends his days practicing
employment law at Polsinelli Shughart PC. He
attributes all his success to his super-hot wife,
Melissa (whose continued support allows him to
come out and play) and his beautiful daughter,
Darcie (whose own talent and awesomeness inspires
him – and keeps him laughing – daily).

Matthew King is very excited to work with 'She &
Her Productions' and to be apart of the Kansas
City premiere of 'Next to Normal'. Although he is
from Kansas City, he has most recently stepped
onto the theatre scene after returning from the
Roosevelt Conservatory for Musical Theatre and
hopes to continue strive within this wonderful
market even further. His most recent projects in
the city have been Collins in 'Rent' at the Barn
Players, Horton in 'Seussical' at Theatre in the
Park and the Coterie Theatre's 'Once Upon a
Mattress'. He is excited to to share the story of
such a brave musical to Kansas City community!

Kristin Leathers is the Owner/Chef of Alter Ego
Catering and Cakes (www.alteregofood.com/), has
her Doctorate and Masters in Clinical Psychology,
has her Bachelors in Radio/TV/Film, and oh, right,
is a Singer/Actor around KC. One might say her
career has been a bit Bipolar thus prepping her
for Diana (a role that jumped to the top of her
dream list the second she heard the cast album).
Kristin has been seen on stage around town at MET,
The Chestnut, OCTA, The Barn Players, Theatre in
the Park, MTH, and The White Theatre. Favorite
roles include: Woman 2 (SONGS FOR A NEW WORLD),
Dorothy Brock (42ND STREET), Daisy Hilton (SIDE
SHOW), and Gabby/Bobbi (CITY OF ANGELS). Having
started the year with ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S
NEST at MET and ending it with NEXT TO NORMAL, it
would seem Kristin is spending 2012 finding some
unexpected synchronicity between her stage work
and her psych doctorate. Which is cool. And doing
this role with Graham as her doctor is about as
perfect as anything could be. Her husband
(Maneesh) and her children (Holden and Tierney)
are a remarkable gift in her life, and she
dedicates her performance as Diana to them more
than any other performance she has ever done.
Hugs, therapy, meds, Bipolar cycling, and
stability to all three of you: I love you all even
more than this part. : )

Deanna Mazdra is thrilled to be a part of Next to
Normal as her first show with She and Her! She
graduated from the University of Central Missouri
where she played such roles as Little Red in Into
the Woods, Connie in A Chorus Line, Milady inThe
Three Musketeers and various roles with the
Central Missouri Repertory company. She was last
seen inReckless as Rachel with Relevance
Productions. Deanna also works as a peer educator
with the Coterie Theatre in their Dramatic Aids
Education project. She is so excited for this show
and for the chance to work with such wonderful

Directed by Tiffany Garrison-Schweigert. Featuring
Kristin Leathers, Robert Hingula, Deanna Mazdra,
Daniel Beeman, Matthew King, and Graham Fairleigh.
$10-$18. Just Off Broadway Theatre, 3051 Central
Street, (816) 405-9200,
www.sheandherproductions.com (Adult Fare)

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