Everything you need to understand or teach Next to Normal by Brian Yorkey.
This acclaimed musical, winner of several of Broadway's prestigious Tony Awards as well as the Pulitzer Prize, is the story of a family traumatized by death and struggling with issues related to the mental illness of one of its members. As it explores aspects of the power and function of memory, the work also considers thematic questions relating to the nature and value of loyalty and the need for hope in the face of adversity.
As the musical begins, it quickly becomes clear that as Diana, her husband Dan, and her daughter Natalie enact their daily routines, they are each struggling with issues that make those routines a struggle. Diana is hyperactive, Dan tries hard to remain patient with her, and Natalie feels unloved and avoided. In the midst of all this is Diana and Dan's son Gabe, who seems more connected to Diana than anyone else. It...
Next to Normal Lesson Plans contain 146 pages of teaching material, including: