July 19 – Aug. 4, 2013

(July 19, 20, 26, 27; Aug. 1, 2, 3 & 4, 2013)

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Book and lyrics by Bill Russell
Music by Henry Krieger
Vocal and dance arrangements by David Chase
Orchestrations by Harold Wheeler

Based on the true story of Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, who became stars during the 1930s Depression, Side Show is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage 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. “Daring, enthralling…with passion, empathy and directness that is reflected in the tidal pull of the music and the winning simplicity of the lyrics…, Side Show grafts the Hilton sisters into the hearts of their audience." – The New York Times
"Come look at the freaks! Come gape at the geeks! Come examine these aberrations, their malformations, grotesque physiques. Only pennies for peeks, come look at the freaks."
"Come see God's mistakes; the freaks God forsakes. Take a look at the monster babies, dog men with rabies, a bride of snakes. We don't harbor fakes. Come see God's mistakes!" -- Lyrics from the opening song, "Come Look at the Freaks"

Learn more about the show:

The show, the cast, the production staff

Colorful material, bold casting decision

Cool tips for hot-weather shows

Ticket info by phone on weekends

WKSU's Aug. 1 coverage (audio, text and photos)

Audition Info

Auditions were held May 21, 22 and 23, 2013. Come see the show July 19-Aug. 4!

St. Patrick’s Club Bldg., 3rd Fl.
3606 Bridge Ave.
Cleveland, OH 44113