Audition Notice: SIDE SHOW

Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell
Music by Henry Krieger
Vocal and Dance Arrangements by David Chase
Orchestrations by Harold Wheeler
Produced through Special Arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Audition Dates & Times: 

August 28-30, 2016 at 7:30pm

Audition Location: 

Conejo Players Theatre
351 S. Moorpark Road
Thousand Oaks, CA 91361

Performance Dates: 

November 11 - December 11, 2016
Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 2pm
No performance on Nov. 24 (Thanksgiving Day)


Rehearsal Schedule:

September 5 - November 10, 2016
7:30 - 11:00pmMonday through Thursday
Occasional Friday evenings
**Saturday and Sunday daytime rehearsals ARE PLANNED; times are TBD.**

NOTE: Weekday evening end times are approximate; generally, it may be earlier in the beginning and last longer as we get closer to opening. We are very respectful of everyone's time.

Audition Requirements: 

Initial auditions must be individual solos; no duet auditions for Daisy and Violet will be allowed. Please prepare one (1) minute of a standard or contemporary musical theatre song, and bring an alternate selection as a backup (in some cases, the casting team may wish to hear more). Do not sing a song from the show. Bring sheet music in your key; an accompanist will be provided. A CD with an accompaniment-only track is also acceptable, provided it is edited and cued correctly. Please also wear or bring comfortable dance attire, as all auditioners will be required to learn a short dance combination. This is an "open call" audition. Non-Equity, NO PAY.

No conflicts accepted for Performance Dates or the week before opening.

Plot Summary: 

Based on the true story of Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, who became stars during the Depression, 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 "We Share Everything" 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. ~ RATED PG

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For More Information: 

Courtney Potter, Producer
(818) 321-4848

Character Breakdown: 

A Multi-Ethnic/Multi-Racial cast of 22-28 adults. Actors of all ages, genders, sizes, and races are needed. The entire cast/ensemble will sing. Depending on turnout and look, we may split/add more actors focusing on different strengths (dancing/singing/physical strength/acrobatics).

With the exception of Daisy, Violet, Terry, Buddy, and Jake, the cast may double in a number of other featured roles throughout the show (including Tod Browning, the Vale Sisters, photographers, reporters, vaudevillians, spectators, Follies performers, party guests, and Carny hawkers). The roles listed below are their featured roles in the “Side Show." Actors with special skills -- especially jumps and acrobatics -- are a plus.

Daisy Hilton*: Female. Able to play 20-35 (Alto/Mezzo with belt; big range - E3 - G5 sustained). The dominant and more outspoken of the twins, her dream is to become a famous performer/celebrity. May appear in a body suit.

Violet Hilton*: Female. Able to play 20-35 (Mezzo/Soprano with belt; big range - Eb3 - F#5). The shy and more composed of the twins, her dream is to marry and raise a family at home. May appear in a body suit.

* NOTE: Since the Hilton sisters were conjoined twins attached at the lower spine/hip, actors interested in these roles MUST be comfortable acting, moving, and dancing in tandem with another, and may be paired at the audition or callback with other candidates for scenes and dances. Theatrical convention will be what makes these two sisters identical; the most important factors are acting, range, ability, and compatibility. Additionally, although the Hilton sisters were Caucasian, this production will consider any ethnicity, as the story to be told goes far beyond race.

Terry Conner: Male. Able to play 30-40 (Baritone with strong upper range - F#2 - G4). A talent scout/agent for the Vaudeville circuit. Handsome, smooth, and suave; a leading-man type. Daisy’s love interest. Actor will ballroom dance.

Buddy Foster: Male. Able to play 20-35 (Tenor; big range - F2 - A4). Usher turned Entertainer. Bright and energetic, but a bit naive. A song and dance man. Violet’s love interest.

Jake: Male. Person of color preferred, able to play 25+ (Tenor/baritone with strong top range - G2 - A4). “Side Show” Foreman. Very strong physical presence even when silent. Secretly in love with Violet. Strong singer who can move well. Athletic build. Jake is also the Cannibal King, and will likely appear bare-chested in his King costume.

The Boss: Male. Any age; 30+ preferred (Strong Tenor voice - C3 - G4). Formidable presence; the sleazy, mean owner/emcee of the “Side Show.”

Fortune Teller: Female. Any age. Exotic look. Strong belter/gospel voice.

Reptile Man: Male. Any age. Half man/half reptile. Form-fitting costume.

Snake Lady: Female. Any age. Athletic/dancer’s body. Snake Charmer (with a somewhat revealing costume).

6th Exhibit: Female. Any age. Considered one of the strangest exhibits in the sideshow.

Dolly Dimples: Female. Any age. Listed as the classic “Fat Lady” with Baby-Doll attire. Actor may be stuffed for size.

Bearded Lady: Male (preferably). Any age. Must be comfortable appearing in women’s clothes.

Fakir: Male. Any age. Far East/Indian character whose act involves a bed of nails. Athletic build. May appear bare-chested.

The Geek: Male. Any age. A "refined but deadly" wild man whose act includes biting the head off of a live chicken or snake.

Sheik: Male. Any age. A Middle-Eastern tribe ruler whose act includes his harem of virgins. Prefer athletic build.

Harem Girls: (2-4) Females. Any age. Fit/trim; dancers. Must be comfortable appearing partially clothed.

Roustabouts: (4) Males. Any age. Athletic, well-built "Carnies," they are part of the “Side Show,” managing the equipment, patrons, etc. Actors will play a multitude of roles and should move well. Some may appear bare-chested.