Monday, May 21, 2012

Summer production tackles teen angst

This summer, the Patel Conservatory Youth Theater takes on teen angst and some tough topics with its production of NOR·MAL, the Musical.

NOR·MAL: the Musical is about a teenage girl struggling with an eating disorder and her family’s initial crumble and eventual quest to discover what it is to be “normal.”

“Everyone who has grown up in America will connect with the members of this family and their plight to attain the elusive ranks of normal,” said Ami Sallee, Patel Conservatory theater department chair and director of the show.

NOR·MAL, the Musical is based on the experiences of Yvonne Adrian, who wrote the book. The rock musical premiered in New York City in 2005 and is now performed in high schools throughout the country.

The Patel Conservatory will be the first to produce the show in Florida.

The characters in this play are three-dimensional feeling human beings who are vulnerable and who make mistakes,” said Sallee.
The play touches on issues that everyone faces, she says. “Everyone goes a little crazy, everyone loses it a bit in this fantastically real family. And this script keeps enough humor and rock and roll to keep it moving and keep the audience invested.”

Each performance will be followed by an audience discussion with a panel of medical professionals.

NOR·MAL, the Musical will premier at the Shimberg Playhouse at the Straz Center on June 29 and 30, 2012. 

The show is a production of the Patel Conservatory’s summer musical theater intensive for high school and college students. The intensive theater training program will be June 11 - 30, 2012.

Our Summer Pit Orchestra will provide live accompaniment for the show.

Matthew Belopavlovich will be the assistant director, Deborah Lynch, music director, and choreographer is Shana Perkins.

Auditions for the show will be Saturday, June 2 starting at 12 p.m. To schedule an audition, please call the theater department at 813-222-6413 or email

For information on auditions for the Summer Pit Orchestra, click here.

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