Directed by Patrick Ciamacco

Music Direction by Anthony Trifiletti


If Interested: Email to sign up for one of the below dates and include your ideal date and time for auditioning. Otherwise we will just assign you the best available slot. We will do our best to accommodate you. 

*If you can not make auditions please email us your headshot and resume for consideration. If possible submit a video audition for consideration. We do our best to see and consider additional people, but attending auditions is always ideal. 

Audition Date: Saturday February 10th (12pm-3pm) and Sunday February 11th (2pm-5pm) 

Time: 12:00pm-3:00pm on Saturday and 2:00pm-5:00pm Sunday (Time slots will be assigned every 5 minutes)

What to prepare:  Please prepare two contrasting 32 bars or short musical theatre songs in the style of the show. Please bring sheet music in the correct key. An accompanist will be provided. Please bring a headshot and resume to auditions. Headshots and resumes are appreciated, but not required.  

Performance Dates: April 13 - April 28th. Shows will be Thursday-Sunday. Thursday, Friday & Saturday at 8pm. Sunday performances will be at 7pm.  (Show will open on a Friday night and close on a Saturday night)

Rehearsals: Begin March 12. Rehearsals will be Sundays-Thursdays. Typically 7pm-10pm, though Sundays are usually 6pm-10pm. 

Pay: Blank Canvas Theatre dedicates 20% of the net profit to the cast of each show. The cast splits this evenly.

*At this time there are no AEA Contracts for this show. However we may explore the option if needed.


Blank Canvas Theatre                                 
1305 78th Street, Suite 211 (at 78th Street Studios)                                 
Cleveland, OH 44102 

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The Story

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 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.

With a completely reworked plot and new songs like "VERY WELL CONNECTED", "ALL IN THE MIND", and "THE GREAT WEDDING SHOW", the 2014 revival delves deeper into the backstory of the Hilton twins. With the implementation of the twins' relationship with Harry Houdini and of a proposed separation surgery, the new book fleshes out characters and situations that endow the songs with more sophistication and truth.
Nominee! 2015 Drama Desk Award, Best Revival of a Musical
Nominee! 2015 Outer Critics Circle Award, Best Revival of a Musical


Character Breakdown    

* The age range for each character is flexible and all ethnicities and body types will be considered.

 A Multi-Ethnic/Multi-Racial cast of ALL ages, genders, sizes, and races are needed. Actors with special skills – especially any unusual talents, jumps and acrobatics, etc -- are a plus.

 With the exception of Daisy, Violet, Terry, Buddy, and Jake, the cast may double in a number of other featured roles throughout the show. The roles listed below are the ideal character tracks for the show but may change based on those cast.

Violet Hilton*: (Female, 20-35. Mezzo/Soprano Eb3-F#5) The shy and more composed of the twins, her dream is to marry and raise a family at home. 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. 

Daisy Hilton*: (Female, 20-35. Alto/Mezzo E3-G5) The dominant and more outspoken of the twins, her dream is to become a famous performer/celebrity. 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.

Terry Conner: (Male, 30-40. Baritone F#2-G4) A talent scout/agent for the Vaudeville circuit. Handsome, smooth, and suave; a leading-man type. Daisy’s love interest.

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

Jake: (African-American Male, 20- 35. Tenor/Baritone G2-A4) “Side Show” Foreman. Very strong physical presence even when silent. Secretly in love with Violet. Strong singer who can move well. Jake is also the Cannibal King.

Sir: (Male, 30-50. Tenor C3-G4). Formidable presence; the sleazy, mean owner/emcee of the “Side Show.”

3-Legged Man/Suitor: (Male, 18-40) Side show performer. He's got something a little extra.

The Geek/Doctor: (Male, 18-60. Baritone) Side show performer. A "refined but deadly" wild man whose act includes biting the head off of a live chicken or snake.

Fortune Teller: (Female, 20-70.) Side show performer. Exotic look. Strong belter/gospel voice.

Venus de Milo: (Female, 18-60. Mezzo-Soprano) Side show performer. Considered one of the strangest exhibits in the sideshow.

Harry Houdini/Dog Boy/Suitor: (Male, 20-40) Side show performer. The famous magician sings a song to Daisy and Violet about finding inner peace. Dog Boy is a masked character with possible prosthetics.

Female Cossack: (Female 18-50) Side show performer. Traditionally a little person.

Male Cossack: (Male 18-50) Side show performer. Traditionally a little person.

Half Man Half Woman/Doctor: (Male or Female, 18-60. Baritone/Mezzo Soprano) Side show performer. Wears a split costume.

Human Pin Cushion/Judge/Ray/Suitor: (Male, 18-50) Side show performer. Make up illusion allows for pins to go through body.

Lizard Man/Todd BrowningDoctor/Sir’s Lawyer/Cameraman: (Male, 18-60. Baritone) Side show performer. Half man/half reptile. Famous director. 

Bearded Lady: (Male or Female, 18-60. Baritone/Mezzo-Soprano) Side show performer. May double as Auntie if a female is cast.

Auntie: (Female, 30-60. Mezzo Soprano) The woman who "cared" for the twins. Sings in 2 songs.

Tatoo Girl: (Female, 18-40) Side show performer. Body covered in wild tattoos.

Ensemble: (Male and Female, 18-60. All vocal ranges) Carnies," they are part of the “Side Show,” managing the equipment, patrons, etc. Actors will play a multitude of roles and should move well.


 If you have any questions feel free to contact us at We look forward to seeing you at auditions!