Based on the true story of conjoined twins and famed early 20th century entertainers Violet and Daisy Hilton, Side Show is a remarkable musical about acceptance, love, and embracing one's uniqueness. Though they are conjoined, they yearn for very different lives. One twin loves the limelight, the other longs for a simpler life. Starting out as a circus side show act, they soon become stars on the Orpheum Circuit. Violet and Daisy seem to have everything they have ever wanted. But the one thing they don't have, is the fulfillment of their hearts' desires. Side Show features soulful music, stunningly beautiful lyrics and powerhouse show stopping numbers. Side Show is a true story that will touch audience's hearts.
"Goes right to the heart of every emotion without ever becoming sentimental."
- Chicago Sun-Times
Man 1 (Geek, Judge, Suitor) - RICHARD JOHNSON
Man 2 (Roustabout, Doctor, Suitor) - NICK ROGERS
Man 3 (Dog Boy, Houdini, Suitor) - ALEKSANDER PAPANASTASOPOULOS *
Man 4 (Pin Cushion, Suitor) - JOHN CULBERTSON +
Man 5 (Roustabout, Doctor, Suitor, Ray) - JOSH PEDUTO *
Man 6 (Lizard Man, Doctor, Browning) - DUSTIN MORTON, D.C. +
Man 7 (3-legged Man, Suitor) - MICK JUTILA
Man 8 (Man-Woman, Doctor) - KEITH HUTCHINS +
Woman 1 (Fortune Teller) - KRIS ALLEMANG STAHL +
Woman 2 (Venus di Milo, Auntie) - RACHEL LYNN PIPER +
Woman 3 (Snake Charmer) - SARAH LYNN RODDIS +
Woman 4 (Bearded Lady) - CAITLIN SACKETT +
Woman 5 (Tattoo Girl) - RILEY WILSON *
Light Board Operator - ELVIN E. EAST
Sound Board Operator - JAN WATSON
* Denotes Civic Debut | + Denotes Academy of Theatre Arts Student
Friday, January 27th at 7:30pm
Saturday, January 28th at 7:30pm
Sunday, January 29th at 2:00pm
Friday, February 3rd at 7:30pm (ASL Interpreted Performance)
Saturday, February 4th at 7:30pm
Sunday, February 5th at 2:00pm
Friday, February 10th at 7:30pm
Saturday, February 11th at 7:30pm
Sunday, February 12th at 2:00pm
Side Show is a ground breaking musical that honestly addresses the emotional journey of self-discovery experienced by two women who are conjoined twins and considered 'freaks' by the 'normal' world. Set against the backdrop of the tough world of the circus side show, Daisy and Violet Hilton's story is a touching, uplifting and thoughtful look at the search for acceptance and self-understanding and will be best enjoyed by Middle and High School students who are aware of the subject matter.
Live animals may be used in the show
Water Based Haze may be used in the show
Water Based fog may be used in the show
Flash Pots may be used in the show
Strobe lights may be used in the show
Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes (including one 15 minute intermission)
The Parish Theatre
405 W. Lovell St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
All performances in the Parish Theatre are general seating. We recommend arriving early. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance.
Available after 6pm in the Civic parking lot at the northeast corner of Lovell and Park Streets. There is additional parking behind the Carver Center. Street parking is available after 5pm.
Photos courtesy of Fred Western