The production season of the Joliet Drama Guild now runs from January 1st through December 31st.
Typically we produce 1 play or small musical, 1 large musical in the summer and a Christmas show every season as our mainstream offerings. Our Studio J productions are usually something “a little different”. We also try to offer various workshops throughout the year on various topics to increase participant's stagecraft. We have also performed murder mystery dinner theater for select audiences in the intimate and authentic setting of a historical mansion.
Plays and musicals are selected for the following year by the board members of the Joliet Drama Guild.
NEXT TO NORMAL
Next to Normal, with book and lyrics by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt, explores how one suburban household copes with crisis and mental illness. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards, including Best Musical Score and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize, Next to Normal was also chosen as "one of the year's ten best shows" by critics around the country, including The Los Angeles Times, The Washington Post, Rolling Stone and The New York Times.
Dad's an architect; Mom rushes to pack lunches and pour cereal; their daughter and son are bright, wise-cracking teens, appearing to be a typical American family. And yet their lives are anything but normal because the mother has been battling manic depression for 16 years. Next to Normal takes audiences into the minds and hearts of each character, presenting their family's story with love, sympathy and heart.