MEDIA THEATRE HAS 'SIDE SHOW' MARCH 8-26; CAST ANNOUNCED

The Media Theatre has one musical per season which is not quite as mainstream as the other titles on its marquee, filling a particular void for those interested in passionate works by top notch writers and composers who have pieces in their oeuvre which deserve to be seen but are rarely produced.

Artistic Director Jesse Cline has chosen the Broadway musical "Side Show" as this season's showcase for a little seen work. 



"Side Show", with a book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger, is based on the story of Daisy and Violet Hilton. The Hilton sisters were conjoined twins who entertained on the carnival and burlesque circuit in the 1920's and '30's. Managed poorly, the sisters eventually meet a talent scout and his budding musician pal who make a deal to showcase the two women on the Orpheum Circuit. Bursting with hope regarding their newfound fame, the ladies hearts are still unfulfilled, as they cannot escape the reputation of being 'freaks'. 

"Side Show" has featured roles throughout as the twins deal with their friends, such as The Tattooed Lady, Pin Cushion, and others. Each role is based on actual people who traveled from town to town on display as 'freaks' to earn a living.

The musical is a powerful reminder that everyone is unique, acceptance should be celebrated, and no one is ever really alone. The score features "Come Look At The Freaks" and the powerful anthem "I Will Never Leave You". 

In director Cline's production, Daisy and Violet Hilton are played by Jenna Pastuszek and Ashley Sweetman. Patuszek makes her debut on The Media Theatre stage, with Sweetman returning after appearing in "Les Miserables", "Ghost", and "Dogfight". 

The New York Times says "Side Show is a wonderful musical....It burrows deep into your spirit." 

The Media Theatre is producing the 2014 revival version of "Side Show". It is on stage March 8-26. For tickets, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org GET TICKETS

The "Side Show" cast is:

Daisy Hilton.......Jenna Pastuszek 
Violet Hilton.......Ashley Sweetman

Terry...................Bob Stineman
Buddy.................Derek Basthemer

Sir.......................Kelly Briggs

Jake....................Darnell Abraham

Half-Man Half-Woman....Brian Henry
Bearded Lady/ Auntie....Susan Wefel
Tattoo Lady.....................Jennie Eisenhower
Fortune Teller.................Krystina Hawkinson
Three Legged Man.........Patrick Ludt
Dog Boy..........................Roger Ricker
Lizard Man......................Ryan Lauer
Venus De Milo................Kimberly Maxson
Pin Cushion...................Grant Struble
Geek...............................Jim Conte
The Roustabouts...........Rachel Hendrickson, Ronnie Keller, Denzel Thomas



















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