Theatre of Dare schedules auditions for “Next to Normal”

By on January 24, 2022

Theatre of Dare

Theatre of Dare (TOD), community theater for the Outer Banks, will hold auditions for Next to Normal Monday, January 31, Tuesday, February 1, and Wednesday, February 2, from 6-9 pm at Dare County Arts Council (old Dare County Courthouse), 300 Queen Elizabeth Avenue in Manteo.

Six parts are available, men and women ranging from 16 up. Participants should be prepared to sing and read during auditions. Anyone interested in helping out backstage is also encouraged to stop by, or email director Lara Parks at Specific details are listed on the website at

“I love a rock musical, and Next to Normal is full of emotionally charged music,” says Lara Parks, Director. “I figure the community is ready for a meaty show – this one really delivers. The themes in Next to Normal deal with mental health, something we all deal with every day,” Parks continues. “The family in the show may be an extreme example, but it shows the layers that build relationships and families. So many of us these days are just taking it one day at a time, and mental health really should be an open conversation. None of us is normal. The imperfections in ourselves, our loved ones, are as close to normal as we manage.”

Next to Normal is a rock musical that tells the journey of one seemingly typical family just trying to live through each day. With a mother who is battling severe bi-polar depression, a father who is trying to keep it all glued together, the perfect son, and the daughter who feels unseen, their household is anything but normal.

The story addresses mental illness and the effect it has on an entire family. It examines love, grief, and the role psychiatry has in mental illness. The music and the story are a raw and emotional telling of suburban life, where next to normal is as good as it gets.

For more information, visit the website at




County Dare, North Carolina
Dare County Tourism Board

NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that the Visitors Bureau will hold a public meeting to review the plans for an Outer Banks Event Center. The meeting will take place on Monday, June 6, 2022 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at the Keeper’s Galley building at Haven on the Banks, 115 Dove Street, Nags Head North Carolina 27959.

Still in the conceptual phase, the Event Center is intended to provide suitable and flexible space for year-round events, concerts, sports, meetings, smaller tradeshows, galas and any number of other uses. Learn more about the benefits for visitors and residents and how the Event Center is planned to complement the new Soundside boardwalk that is being designed.

Staff will be on hand to answer any questions. For additional information, please visit our Event Center FAQ page.


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