FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: February 16, 2017
CONTACT: Randall Hartzog, Theatre Memphis, Director of Marketing and Communications
Musical Production Mirrors Exotic True Life of Twins
Memphis, TN – Side Show parades onto the Theatre Memphis Lohrey Stage March 10, 2017, and struts its human cavalcade through April 2, 2017. This musical is based on a true story, which is a spectacle in and of itself, focusing on the lives of conjoined twin women, Violet and Daisy Hilton, who became famous stage performers in the 1930’s. Conflict eventually separates the two emotionally as one wants a husband and home and the other wants fame and fortune. Only heartbreak brings them back together as they move forward with their careers and lives.
Filled with characters known to be associated with the travelling carnival shows of past eras, the stranger the oddity in the script the more normal to the story. Reaching into the lives of the likes of a Lizard Man, the Bearded Lady, a Tattoo Girl or the Human Pin Cushion, the comradery and the chaos is central to the plot. The Hilton sisters have suitors who complicate their lives and who figuratively pull them from one another as they learn to cope with their differences.
Casting this show was the immediate challenge to director Ann Marie Hall. “We started the audition process quite early for the two female leads who play conjoined twins,” Hall says. Not only did they have to be of similar size and build, but also they had to be excellent singers, dancers and actors. It was important that they also ”get along with each other”. While the characters quite literally are attached at the hip, Hall adds, “I wanted to give them time to grow on each other emotionally....” Hall cast Gia Welch and Dani Chaum in the leading roles.
Theatre Memphis Executive Producer Debbie Litch says a musical like this can be quite a surprise to the public. “Telling someone about this show could raise an eyebrow or two, but when you hear the music of this show and get to the heart of the story like Ann Marie can, it is double the pleasure. I know our patrons will love this cast full of outcasts.”
TITLE: Side Show
MUSIC BY: Henry Krieger
LYRICS AND BOOK BY: Bill Russell
DIRECTOR: Ann Marie Hall
MUSIC DIRECTOR: Jeff Brewer
CHOREOGRAPHER: Courtney Oliver
VENUE AND ADDRESS: Theatre Memphis on the Lohrey Stage, 630 Perkins Ext, Memphis, TN, 38117
RUN DATES: March 10 – April 2, 2017
TIMES OF SHOWS: Thursdays @ 7:30pm, Fridays and Saturdays @ 8pm with matinees @ 2pm on Sundays
TICKETS: $30 adults, $15 students, $25 seniors 62 and above and military personnel
BOX OFFICE: 901.682.8323
SPONSORED BY: Richard Briscoe and Dr. Thomas Ratliff
MEDIA SPONSOR: WKNO 91.1FM
Promotional graphic attached. Production photos available 03/07/17.
Theatre Memphis is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) organization located at 630 Perkins Extended (corner of Perkins Extended and Southern) and is a community theatre whose mission is to provide outstanding theatrical experiences to enrich the lives of our audiences and participants.
Theatre Memphis receives season sponsorship and funding from: First Tennessee Foundation / ArtsFirst, The Jeniam Foundation, ArtsMemphis and Tennessee Arts Commission