Baldwin High School Presented World Premiere of Normal-C Musical

Baldwin High School presented the world premiere of Normal-C from November 7–9. With a book by J.R. Hall and music and lyrics by Jason Coll, the musical explored the unique perspective and gifts each one of us brings to the world. The musical follows three characters with special needs: Chloe (played by Abigale Stark) with dyslexia, Ben (played by Chris Storms) with Asperger Syndrome, and Eddie (played by Quintin Michalski) with non-verbal autism. The story centers on Chloe, Ben, and Eddie participating in a clinical trial for a drug that will make them "normal." Each teen has a different experience and all draw lessons on what makes them who they are. Coll shared, "I think that the show delivered a poignant, beautiful message that there really is no 'normal' in this world. We are all unique beings."

Coll was commissioned to write the musical by Beacon College in celebration of its 30-year anniversary. Beacon College is the first four-year accredited college for students with diagnosed learning disabilities. Representatives from the college attended and filmed the world premier in anticipation of producing the play on their campus. They also participated in a talk back session where the audience could ask questions to the cast and authors. Coll shares, "The representatives from Beacon College were blown away by the musical and performances of our students. They have expressed interest in having a few of the performers go down to the Beacon in the summer to do a theater workshop with some of their students." There are also plans for the BHS cast to perform Normal-C in the near future at CCAC.