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NOC production ‘Next to Normal’ begins Thursday

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TONKAWA — The Northern Oklahoma College (NOC) Fine Arts Production, “Next to Normal” will be presented at the Kinzer Performing Arts Center Nov. 14-17. Performances are Thursday – Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 2 p.m.

The cast includes Abigail Rose, Alyssa Hope Baker, Mason Smykil, Ryan Brown, Sarah Hunsucker, Noah Shaw and Jake Arington. The ensemble-stagehands include Christina Douglass, Austin Hamman, Carli Pendleton, Hunter Potter, Kolton Rhodes and Aleah Taylor.

Band members include Dr. Edward Dixon, conductor; Connie Van Ausdall, keyboard 1; Suzanne Sumpter, keyboard 2; Cassidy Broome, cello; Drew Faulkner, guitar; Paul Palma, bass; and Faith Crum, drum set.

The musical is directed by Chad Anderson. Admission is free and parental guidance is suggested due to strong language and mature themes.

The rock musical was written by Brian Yorkey and music by Tom Kitt. It is presented through special arrangement with Musical Theatre International.

NOC, the state’s first public community college, is a multi-campus, land-grant institution that provides high quality, accessible and affordable educational opportunities and services which create life-changing experiences and develop students as effective learners and leaders within their communities in a connected, ever changing world.

NOC, a public two-year community college, serves 4,200 students on the home campus in Tonkawa, branch in Enid, NOC/OSU Gateway Program in Stillwater, online and the University Center in Ponca City.

In 2019, NOC celebrated the 20-year anniversary of the Enid campus and a 15-year partnership with OSU for the Gateway Program.

NOC is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and offers associate degrees in three general areas: Arts, Science and Applied Science.  The associate degree fulfills lower-division course work which is applicable towards a bachelor’s degree.

Call (580) 628-6200 for more information about NOC or visit



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