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Audition Notice: Side Show

Audition Dates and Times:
Monday and Tuesday, May 15 and 16, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

Performance Dates:
July 14-August 6

Plot Summary:

Based on the true story of Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, whose careers began as children on display as freaks, SIDE SHOW is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip, whose extraordinary bond brings them fame but denies them love. Told almost entirely in song, the show follows their progression from England to America, around the vaudeville circuit, and to Hollywood on the eve of their appearance in the 1932 movie FREAKS. With musical styles ranging from the vaudevillian "Stuck with You" to the sweepingly emotional "Who Will Love Me as I Am," this gorgeous musical from the composer of DREAMGIRLS will touch your heart and tickle your funny bone.

Audition Requirements: Please prepare 1 minute of a standard musical theater song, preferably not from the show. Bring sheet music in your key; an accompanist will be provided. A CD accompaniment-only track will be acceptable.

Auditionees will be asked to learn a short dance combination, (please wear appropriate attire for movement- no flip flops) and may be asked to read from the script. The show is told almost entirely in song therefore strong acting and vocal skills are desired.

Auditionees should be aware that this show will require special effects makeup (prosthetics may be involved for some characters) and unique costuming effects. This is an ensemble show and persons with numerous conflicts may not be considered.

Character Breakdown:

A Multi-ethnic/ Multi-racial cast of 20-25 adults of all ages, genders, and sizes. The entire cast will sing. Some cast members may play double roles.

Daisy Hilton - Female. 20-35. Alto/Soprano/Mezzo/Belt (E3-G5)

Violet Hilton - Female 20-35, Alto/Soprano/Mezzo/Belt (D3-G5)

These two are conjoined twins and will be required to work in tandem.

Terry Conner - Male. 30-40, Baritone with strong upper range (F2-A4), ballroom dancing a plus

Buddy Foster - Male 20-35, Tenor/baritone with strong top range, belt on high A (A2-A4), should be able to dance

Jake - Male. Person of color 25+, Tenor/baritone with strong top range (G2-A4)

Sir - Male 50+, Tenor (C3-B4)

3-Legged Man - Tenor or baritone (A3-E4)

The Geek - Baritone (C3-G4)

Fortune Teller - Soprano/Alto with strong upper register (A3-G5)

Venus De Milo - Soprano (A3-E5)

Houdini/The Dogboy - Baritone/tenor (G2-B4)

Female Cossack - Soprano (B4-D5)

Male Cossack - Tenor (A3-D4)

Half Man-Half Woman/A Doctor - Can be cast as Male or Female, Tenor/Alto/Mezzo (E3-A4)

The Human Pincushion/Judge/Ray - Tenor (E3-G4)

Lizard Man/A Doctor/Sir's Lawyer - Tenor (D3-G4)

Todd Browning/Cameraman - non-singing role

Bearded Lady/Auntie - Mezzo (G3-E5)

Tattoo Girl - Soprano or Alto with Upper range (A3-C5)


Doctors - Baritones (E2-C4)

6 Suitors/Dancers

Female chorus to include a soprano who can sing a high B Flat without difficulty