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Side Show
Theater Arts Guild

  • Side Show
  • Theater Arts Guild
  • Non-Union Theater
  • Theater or Stage
  • Non-Union; Other Union; Open to All
  • Mount Vernon, WA
  • Project Begins: Apr 17, 2018
  • Project Ends: Oct 20, 2018


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  • Contact Person: Amanda Curtis
  • Primary Phone: 360 941 1466
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  • APPOINTMENT REQUIRED

    Prefered method of submission: Email

    Audition Location:
    Lincoln Theater, Mt. Vernon WA.

Character Breakdown / Project Needs
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. 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

Female Cossack: Traditionally a little person

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, 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.

Audition/Interview Dates:
April 17-18 6-9pm please email for appointment

Callbacks or second audition/interview?
April 21

Audition Requirements:
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!

Monetary compensation:
This job does not pay

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