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Next To Normal at Skokie Theatre

** Fundraiser – Next To Normal at Skokie Theatre **

NOTE: Go to SkokieTheatre.org and use the discount code: NAMI.  Please share! Each ticket purchased with code NAMI will receive a $5 discount, plus MadKap Productions will donate another $5 to NAMI CCNS.

This riveting musical won three Tony Awards in 2009 and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for drama due to its heartbreaking, humorous and unflinchingly authentic look at a modern family struggling with the effects of bipolar disorder.  The story assesses the losses that occur when wounded people are anesthetized — and not just by the battery of pharmaceutical and medical treatments to which Diana is subjected, but by recreational drugs, alcohol and that good old American virtue, denial with a smile.  The notion is that personality is fragile, always on the edge of decomposition.  As the family bands together to learn how to support each other and live a life that is at least next to normal, each character’s journey is punctuated by a powerful music score. It features 30 original songs including “Just Another Day,” “You Don’t Know” and “Superboy and the Invisible Girl.”

Next to Normal does not qualify as your standard feel-good musical.  In fact, the New York Times called It “a feel Everything musical.”  Chris Jones of the Chicago Tribune said, “It has the effect of making one determine to refocus on what really is important in life, which always is the best reason of all to find time to go to the theater.”

Next to Normal opens on September 11, and runs through September 27.  Performances are at 7:30 pm Friday and Saturday nights, 2:00 pm on Sundays, and a Wednesday afternoon matinee at 1:30 pm on September 16.  The show is directed by Andrew Park with music direction from Gary Powell, and stars Whitney Morse, Jordan Gryzbowski, Molly LeCaptain, Chris Selefski, Nick Shoda and Brian Zealand.  Tickets are $38 general admission, $33 for seniors, and $28 for students, with $5 of they use code NAMI when ordering.  Tickets are available online at SkokieTheatre.org or by phone at 847-677-7761.

2015 NAMI CCNS Walks and Run July Kickoff Event

** NAMI 5k Run and Walk Kick-OFF Event – July 23, 2015 **

Thursday, July 23, 2015, 5:30pm

Dick Pond Athletics, 29 Prospect Ave., Park Ridge, IL.

Walk/Run with NAMI and Change Minds One Step at a Time! This kick-off event is free to anyone who wants to create a NAMIWalks fundraising team. Attendees will learn about the event and the many opportunities to participate, have fun and give back.

For more information and to RSVP, email susanockerlund.namiccns@gmail.com by July 16.

Refreshments and appetizers will be served. There will also be a raffle with prizes!

NAMI. Find help. Find Hope. www.namiwalks.org