Unless otherwise noted below, auditions are held at the Fair Lawn Recreation Center, 10-10 20th Street in Fair Lawn, NJ.
Auditions for Side Show will be held:
Directed by Brendan Joel Bartlett
Musically Directed by Cathy Corcoran
Choreography by Campbell Tosney
Produced by Matt Haines and Sheryl Heffernan
Make up by Allyssa Battaglia
Set Design by Patt Tanner
Stage Managed by Ellie Anderson and Kayla Gurriell
Initial auditions must be individual solos; no duet auditions for Daisy and Violet will be allowed.
Please prepare 30 bars 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). Bring sheet music in your key; an accompanist will be provided.
This is an “open call” audition. Non-Equity, NO PAY.
No conflicts accepted for Performance Dates or the week before opening.
Please Note: we are specifically looking for actors who do not fit the traditional, Broadway, legit body type and voice type. (Actors who are differently abled are encouraged to audition. Actors who have talents that are deeper than their appearance are encouraged to apply.) If you know someone like this please kindly encourage them to audition)
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 “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.
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 photographers, reporters, vaudevillians, spectators, 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.
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.
* 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 20-35 (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 with a secret to hide. 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.
Sir: Male. Any age; 30/50s preferred (Strong Tenor voice – C3 – G4). Formidable presence; the sleazy, mean owner/emcee of the “Side Show.”
***The following characters may double up as other ensemble characters or an actor might only play 1 character as per preference and schedule provided.***
Fortune Teller: Female. Any age. Exotic look. Strong belter/gospel voice.
3-Legged Man: Male. Any age. He’s got something a little extra.
Lizard Man: Male. Any age. Half man/half reptile. Form-fitting costume and mask.
Venus De Milo: Female. Any age. Considered one of the strangest exhibits in the sideshow. Armless. Actress must perform some basic tasks with her feet.
Dog Boy: A masked character. Must be comfortable in heavy facial makeup and or prosthetics.
The Geek: Male. Any age. A “refined but deadly” wild man. Deformed. Wears mask and make up. Costume will make him seem taller than normal.
Male Cossack: Traditionally a little person but may be cast as a talented child.
Female Cossack: Traditionally a little person but may be cast as a talented child.
Human Pin Cushion: 20s/30s Male or female (Make up illusion allows for pins to go through body.)
Half Man / Half Woman: Male or Female. 20s-30s wears a split costume.
Bearded Lady: 20s-40s Prefer a female but would consider a male. Must be comfortable in women’s clothing
Tattoo Girl: 20s/ 30s Body covered in wild tattoos. Might be bald capped.
Harry Houdini: Male 30s, The famous magician sings a song to Daisy and Violet about finding inner peace.
Auntie: Female, 30’s -50s The woman who “cared” for the twins. Sings in 2 songs.
Judge : Male, Any Age. 1 court room scene. Singer.
Sir’s Lawyer. Male any age. Non singer.
Ray: Male, 20s/ 30s Great singer and dancer. Featured in 1 number.
Cameraman: Male, Small part in the end of the show.
Tod Browning: Male, Famous director. Appears in 1 scene.
Others: Roustabouts, Doctors, Suitors, Ensemble: (4-5) Any age. Athletic, “Carnies,” they are part of the “Side Show,” managing the equipment, patrons, etc. Dancers and Movers.
Rehearsals will be at 1 of 3 places: either at the theatre (George Frey Art Center 10-10 20th Street, Fair Lawn NJ.)
Saint Marks Church in Teaneck, 118 Chadwick Road NJ
Rhino Studio in Pompton Lakes, NJ.
There are 6 shows: March 9-11 and 16-18
(Fri and Sat at 8:00pm and Sundays at 2:00pm)
Questions directed to firstname.lastname@example.org
Preregistration is not required, but those who preregister will not have to wait to be seen.