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NEXT TO NORMAL
CAST
Veronica Surber as Diana Goodman

Veronica is thrilled to be back with Wine Country Theatre, acting in one of her dream shows! She recently moved back from a year in Michigan where she was featured in a production of Grease (Marty), won 1st place in the Western Michigan Fairís Sizzling Summer Sing-Off, and granted the West Shore Community College Theatre Award. Past credits include: Fiddler On The Roof (Golde), Bye Bye Birdie (Rosie Alvarez), A Chorus Line (Diana Morales), I Love You, Youíre Perfect, Now Change (Woman 1), The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee (Olive), Evil Dead: The Musical (Linda), Reefer Madness (Sally), HAIR (Sheila), Into The Woods (The Bakerís Wife), and RENT (Mimi). Veronica is mother of two, a Wine Country Theatre board member, and is currently pursuing her Masterís Degree/Credential in Elementary Education.

Gary Borjan as Dan Goodman

A theatre veteran of over 20 years, Gary is EXTREMELY excited to return to the Wine Country Theatre stage with this incredibly talented cast. Having fallen in love with Next To Normal when seeing the first national tour starring Alice Ripley, Gary feels very blessed to have the opportunity to bring the character of Dan Goodman to life. Next To Normal addresses so many issues that most people deal with daily. Having lost his best friend to suicide back in 1996 whom also had a diagnosis of bi-polar disorder, Gary feels very connected to this material and feels it is most important to place a spotlight on that which most will not talk about, mental illness. Gary believes that in this day and age, we have to be open to talking about our struggles so that we are able to address them head on, prior to losing control and feeling hopeless.

When Gary is not singing or dancing (which is rare), he can be found managing the Atascadero Branch of Pacific Premier Bank. Gary's favorite past theatre credits include Nicely-Nicely Johnson in Guys and Dolls, Bob in White Christmas , Man 2 in I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change, Frederick in Pirates of Penzance, Bamatabois in Les Miserables, and the Wolf in Into the Woods. Gary hopes to explore more of the directing side of things in the upcoming year and would love the opportunity to start his own local theatre troupe.

Elliot Peters as Gabe

Elliot Peters is new to Wine Country Theater. He most recently performed alongside his brother Phineas in A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Hysterium), and before that, Lost In Yonkers (Jay Kurnitz) on the mainstage at SLO Rep. Previous favorite roles include, Bob (Beau Jest), Farkas (A Christmas Story), and Springer in the world premiere of Morality Play at the Gamm Theatre in Rhode Island.

Julia Seibert as Natalie

Julia Seibert is very excited to make her Wine Country Theatre debut as Natalie in this production of Next to Normal. This show has personally impacted her life, and she feels honored to be a part of this truly important story. Mental Health is something that needs to be discussed not just for the ones who are suffering with it, but also for the loved ones who are also affected by it all.

Julia is a PCPA graduate and some of her past credits are Kyra in Bare: A Pop Opera, Shprintze in Fiddler on the Roof, and a Spirit in Shakespeareís The Tempest. Outside of theatre, Julia recently received her yoga teaching certification, and lives in Pismo Beach with her boyfriend, Joe, and loving pug, Pugsley, (named from The Addams Family.)

Phineas Peters as Henry

Phineas Peters is proud to be joining Wine Country Theater for the first time. He most recently appeared with his brother Elliot in the mainstage SLO Rep show, A Funny Thing Happened On The Way To The Forum (Protean,) and earlier this spring in Lost In Yonkers (Arty Kurnitz). He also performed as the title character in the ACT staged reading, Peer Gynt. Before moving to California, he appeared as Oliver Twist in Oliver! at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence Rhode Island, among other roles.

Ritchie Bermudez as Dr. Madden/Fine


Ritchie is thrilled to be returning to the stage with the extremely talented cast of Wine Country Theatreís Next To Normal Ė one of his favorite musicals of all time. The production had a profound impact on him after seeing the original cast on Broadway. He believes the show is more important today than ever, as it raises awareness around the issues of mental health and illness.

Heís proud to have sung with the New York City Gay Menís Chorus, Cuesta College Chamber Singers, and the James Madison University Chorale. Past credits include Youíre A Good Man, Charlie Brown, Into The Woods, Bye, Bye Birdie, and Sweet Charity. When heís not prescribing medicine or performing hypnosis, he handles the marketing at Cuesta College. He lives in Atascadero with his husband Will and two cats, Lexi and Lily.