Auditions July 9 & 10. Watch this space for more information soon!


Side Show

Theater Arts Guild is proud to present Side Show, the musical live on stage October 5th – 20th, 2018 at the very fitting location of The Historic Lincoln Theatre (an old vaudeville performance theatre!)

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.

OPEN AUDITIONS to all those OVER 18

Please Note: We are specifically looking for and welcoming actors who do not fit the traditional, Broadway body type and voice type. Actors who are differently abled and have talents that are deeper than their appearance are encouraged to audition. All shapes, sizes, ethnicities, and abilities are welcome! If you know someone like this please kindly encourage them to audition!


AUDITION DATES: Tuesday and Wednesday, April 17th and 18th

AUDITION TIMES: There will be three (3) audition groups each night, at 6:00, 7:00 and 8:00 pm. You may sign up for whichever date and time is most convenient for you. Please arrive at least 15 minutes early to allow ample time for check in!

**Please email the director at to secure your time!**

CALLBACKS: Some (but not all) auditioners may be called back for follow up auditions on Saturday, April 21 10-2.


1) SONG: Pick a song that shows off your talent and your special vocal gifts! Bring sheet music (we will have an accompanist for you); or bring your own accompanist. You may also sing with a CD or iPod as long as it is instrumental only; we don’t want to hear you try to sing over another artist! NO A CAPELLA

(Initial auditions must be individual solos; no duet auditions for Daisy and Violet will be allowed)


2) MONOLOGUE: Approximately 1 minute. Again, pick something that shows off your talent. Feel free to pick from a movie, a play, a poem, a story, or even something you write yourself. Adding in some physical movement is a plus!


3) ADDITIONAL TALENTS: Do you juggle? Breathe fire? Walk on stilts? Unicycle? Tumble? Jump? Stick needles through your skin? Any of those and any other wild and wonderful talent you have WE WANT TO SEE!


After your audition you are welcome to stay and watch other groups if you wish.


More information regarding auditions will be updated here as things arise. Most importantly, get the date on your calendar and get excited for a fabulous show!


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Character Breakdown:
A Multi-Ethnic/Multi-Racial cast of 28-30 adults. 18 and over. 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.

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. 18 and over 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. 18 and over. Exotic look. Strong belter/gospel voice.

3-Legged Man: Male. 18 and over. He’s got something a little extra.

Lizard Man: Male.18 and over. Half man/half reptile. Form-fitting costume and mask.

Venus De Milo: Female. 18 and over. Considered one of the strangest exhibits in the sideshow. Armless. Actress must perform some basic tasks with her feet.

Dog Boy: 18 and over. A masked character. Must be comfortable in heavy facial makeup and or prosthetics.

The Geek: Male. 18 and over. 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 18 and over

Female Cossack: Traditionally a little person 18 and over

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-60s Female Any body type
Tattoo Girl: 20s-40s Body covered in wild tattoos. Might be bald capped.

Harry Houdini: 20-50’s Male, 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, 18 and over. 1 court room scene. Singer.

Sir’s Lawyer. Male 18 and over. Non singer.

Ray: Male, 20s/ 30s Great singer and dancer. Featured in 1 number.

Cameraman: Male, Small part in the end of the show. 18 and over.

Tod Browning: Male, Famous director. Appears in 1 scene. 18 and over.

Others: Roustabouts, Doctors, Suitors, Ensemble: (4-5) 18 and over. Athletic, “Carnies,” they are part of the “Side Show,” managing the equipment, patrons, etc. Dancers and Movers.