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Side Show Auditions-Chicago, IL - Casting ID # 1584023
Project Type Live Event Submission Type Open Call
Location Chicago, IL Union Non-union
Rate/Pay n/a Release Date 11-06-18
Audition Date 04-08-19 Submission deadline 04-07-19
Casting Category Theatre - Non-Equity
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.

Role # 1 Terry Conner
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

A talent scout/agent for the Vaudeville circuit. Handsome, smooth, and suave; a leading-man type. Daisy’s love interest. Actor will ballroom dance. Baritone with strong upper range – F#2 – G4.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from Any to 40
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 Buddy Foster
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Usher turned Entertainer. Bright and energetic, but a bit naive. A song and dance man. Violet’s love interest. Tenor; big range – F2 – A4.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 Jake
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

“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, and will likely appear bare-chested in his King costume.
Tenor/baritone with strong top range – G2 – A4.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from Any to 26
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 The Boss
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Formidable presence; the sleazy, mean owner/emcee of the “Side Show.” Strong Tenor voice – C3 – G4.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from Any to 31
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 5 Reptile Man
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Half man/half reptile.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 6 Bearded Lady
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Just be comfortable appearing in women’s clothes.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 7 Fakir
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Far East/Indian character whose act involves a bed of nails. Athletic build. May appear bare-chested.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Caucasian -
Body Type: Athletic -

Role # 8 The Geek
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

A “refined but deadly” wild man whose act includes biting the head off of a live chicken or snake.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 9 Sheik
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

A Middle-Eastern tribe ruler whose act includes his harem of virgins. Prefer athletic build.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Middle Eastern -
Body Type: Athletic -

Role # 10 Roustabouts
Seeking 4 talent(s) for this role

Athletic, well-built “Carnies,” they are part of the “Side Show,” managing the equipment, patrons, etc. Actors will play a multitude of roles and should move well. Some may appear bare-chested.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -
Body Type: Athletic -

Role # 11 Daisy Hilton
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

The dominant and more outspoken of the twins, her dream is to become a famous performer/celebrity. Alto/Mezzo with belt; big range – E3 – G5 sustained.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 12 Violet Hilton
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

The shy and more composed of the twins, her dream is to marry and raise a family at home. Mezzo/Soprano with belt; big range – Eb3 – F#5.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 13 Fortune Teller
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Exotic look. Strong belter/gospel voice.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 14 Snake Lady
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Athletic/dancer’s body. Snake Charmer.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -
Body Type: Athletic -

Role # 15 6th Exhibit
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Considered one of the strangest exhibits in the sideshow.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 16 Dolly Dimples
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Listed as the classic “Fat Lady” with Baby-Doll attire. Actor may be stuffed for size.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 17 Harem Girls
Seeking 4 talent(s) for this role

Fit/trim; dancers.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -