Production: 'Side Show'

Actors (Supporting)

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La Jolla Playhouse is casting "Side Show," with music and lyrics by Bill Russell and Henry Krieger. Producer states: "In the re-imagining of this cult Broadway musical, conjoined t...more

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Males & Females, ages 18+, All Ethnicities

Role Description

Actors: (Supporting) must be local from San Diego (must reside and have housing and transportation within 50 miles of La Jolla).


SIR/TODD BROWNING: Legal guardian of Daisy and Violet, whom he adopted shortly after they were born purely as a business investment. Owner of the SIDESHOW. Working class, British. Brutal, clever, wry. Transforms at the end of the play into Todd Browning, the director of FREAKS, the film which made the Hilton sisters, ever so briefly, movie stars.

TERRY CONNER: Male, 30's- early 40's (Baritone with strong upper range; Low G to a sustained high F#, and running high G). A talent scout and press agent for the Vaudeville circuit. Dapper, handsome, clever, smooth/suave, leading man. Well connected, in love with Daisy but without enough courage to accept the unique world in which she lives.

BUDDY FOSTER: Male, 20-35 (Tenor; big range, up to a sustained high A). An aspiring musician and choreographer – "A song and dance man." Bright and energetic, but a bit naïve. Usher turned entertainer. Violet's love interest. Not entirely in touch with his own sexuality. Well-intentioned.

JAKE: Male, African-American, 30's-40s (Tenor/Baritone with strong top range). Sideshow Foreman. Physically imposing, should be tall, almost hulking in appearance. . In the Side Show plays "The Cannibal King." The physical presences covers great gentleness and loyalty. In love with Violet and plays the role of protector to both the girls. Does not need to be a leading man. Must believably be the muscle of the Side Show and the secret heart at its core.

MALE AND FEMALE ENSEMBLE: Seeking men and women from their 20's – 50's. The roles below will be cast from this group of performers who populate the world of The Side Show and function as much, much more than an ensemble in the traditional sense. All must be great singers with range and musicianship and terrific actors who are unique, odd, eccentric, dark and filled with heart.

AUNTIE/LORETTA: Auntie was the first to exploit the twins. The woman who saved them from abandonment but began to display them as curiosities for money. She first professionally then personally partnered with Sir to monetize the twins. Loretta is a gossip columnist in Hollywood (a la Hedda Hopper).

MARTIN ARNOLD: Quintessential Texas lawyer. Smooth. Able to make any deal as long as he has access to the right liquor to with which to ply the powers that be.

FORTUNE TELLER: Female, open to any size, race, and age. A member of the Side Show. Must have an exotic look. Must have a strong belter/gospel voice.

REPTILE MAN: Male. Considered half man/half reptile. Tall and lean. A member of the Side Show. Race and age open. Eccentric movement a plus.

SNAKE LADY: Female, snake charmer. Race and age open. A member of the Side Show. Race and age open. Eccentric movement a plus.

SHEIK: Male (Middle-Eastern character). A member of the Side Show. Physicality, race and age open.

BEARDED LADY: Female. A member of the Side Show. Physicality, race and age open.

FAKIR: Far East/Indian character). Athletic build. A member of the Side Show. Physicality, race, and age open.

GEEK: Male. "Refined but deadly." A member of the Side Show. Physicality, race and age open.

THE HOTTENTOT MATRON: Female. 40's -50's. A member of the Side Show.

RAY: Male. 20's -30's. A song and dance man. Works with Buddy, Daisy and Violet in their Vaudeville act.