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Side Show
Book & Lyrics by Bill Russell
Music by Henry Krieger

Mark W. Smith, Julie Dixon Jackson, 
Misty Cotton, David Jennings, Kevin Earley

Musical Direction
Scenic Design
Lighting Design
Costume Design
Sound Design
Assistant to the Director
Stage Manager
Piccolo, Flute, Oboe, Clarinet,
Soprano & Alto Saxophone
Trumpet, Flugelhorn, Piccolo Trumpet
Keyboard, Synthesizer
Double Bass, Bass Guitar
Percussion, Drums
Assistant Stage Manager
Light Operator
Sound Engineer
Assistant Sound Engineer
Spotlight Operators

House Manager
Orchestra Contractor
Assistant to Sound Designer
Set Construction
Master Electrician
Light Rigging

Make-up & Prosthetics

Nick DeGruccio
Barbara Beckley
Tom Griffin
Matt Raftery
Bradley Kaye
Steven Young
A. Jeffrey Schoenberg
Drew Dalzell
Richard Hardin
Peajay Andrews
Becky Johnson
Tom Griffin

Bob Crosby
Roy Wiegand
Alexandra Caselli
Michael George
Tom Bowe
Peajay Andrews
Becky Johnson
Jamie Bennett
Janna Lopez
Dina Frankly, Ryann Gerber
Amy Morrell
Wendy Becker, Erisa Byrd, Tara Grant
Kathleen Osmon
Michael George
Cricket Myers 
Sets To Go
Barbara A. Grill
Scott A. Ferguson, Katharine A. Gaines, 
Gabriel Holguin, Patrice A. Mudd, 
Michael A. Thayer 
Monica Lisa Sabedra
Robert Lapin
Stan Nowak

(in alphabetical order)

Reptile Man
Bride of Snakes
Violet Hilton
Dolly Dimples, Studio Singer
Terry Connor
Daisy Hilton
6th Exhibit, Studio Singer
Haren Girl, Studio Singer
The Boss
Fortune Teller
Harem Girl
Harem Girl
Buddy Foster
Bearded Lady

Michael Bonnabel
Bridget Brady
Fernando Christopher
Misty Cotton
Andrew Djang
Lisa Donahey
Kevin Earley
Julie Dixon Jackson
Jeremiah James
David Jennings
Alissa-Nicole Koblentz
Christia Mantzke
Matthew Miller
Todd Nielsen
Heather R. Provost
José Restrepo
Renée Schell
Merry Simkins
Mark W. Smith
Rob Terrazas
Michael Wallot

The Midway

Come Look At The Freaks
Like Everyone Else
You Deserve A Better Life
Crazy, Deaf and Blind
The Devil You Know
More Than We Bargained For
Feelings You've Got To Hide
When I'm By Your Side
Say Goodbye To The Freak Show

The Boss and Company
Daisy and Violet
Buddy and Terry
The Boss
Jake and Attractions
Buddy and Terry
Daisy and Violet
Daisy and Violet
The Company


Overnight Sensation
Leave Me Alone
We Share Everything
Who Will Love Me As I Am

Overnight Sensation
Leave Me Alone
We Share Everything
Who Will Love Me As I Am

Act II

The Follies

Rare Songbirds On Display
New Year's Day
Private Conversation

The Company
Terry, Buddy, Jake, Daisy, Violet and Company

On The Road

One Plus One Equals Three
You Should Be Loved

Buddy, Daisy, Violet

The Texas Centennial

Tunnel of Love
Beautiful Day For A Wedding
Marry Me, Terry
I Will Never Leave You

Buddy, Daisy, Violet
The Boss and Hawkers
Daisy and Violet
The Company

Violet and Daisy Hilton were born in 1908 to Kate Skinner, an unmarried bar maid, in Brighton, England.  They never knew their father. Shortly after their birth, Skinner sold them to the bar manager, Mary Hilton.

Hilton bought the girls because she believed, correctly, that the conjoined twins would be a lucrative  investment. In subsequent years, she made a great deal of money by parading these young girls around  the world as "freaks." They began touring with circuses and carnivals at the age of three.

Mary Hilton believed that the twins' value was greater if they were not seen often by the general public.  Thus, Daisy and Violet spent the majority of their childhood and preteen years alone, not allowed access to  the outside world, treated as slaves, and beaten often. When she died, Mary left the twins in her will to her  daughter and son-in-law, Edith and Meyer Meyers.

The Meyerses continued to exploit Daisy and Violet, and ultimately moved them out of side shows into  vaudeville, while continuing to keep them confined, treating them as property. In 1931, after a long court  battle, the twins finally won their freedom. At age 23, they hit the road again, this time as independent  performers.

Joined at the hip, buttocks, and the base of their spines, they had considerable flexibility, enabling them to  master dance routines that were charming and entertaining. (This flexibility also gave them slightly more  independence than other conjoined twins - they were quoted as saying that one could sit up and read in bed  while the other lay fast asleep.)

They played the vaudeville circuit for years, gaining fame and recognition, sharing billing with such  luminaries as Harry Houdini and Bob Hope. During this period, they appeared in Tod Browning's film  Freaks, which has since become a cult favorite. Each was married at different times, but both marriages  ended quickly in annulment.

Their fortunes declined with the demise of vaudeville, and they ended up as supermarket checkers in North  Carolina. They died there of influenza in 1967 at the age of sixty. They were found alone in their apartment  by a neighbor.


This production was made possible by the kindness and generosity of:

Steve Aston, Long Beach City College, Douglas Bashaw, Bardwell's on the Boulevard, Peggy Billo, Jodi Carlisle, Center Trust, Priscilla Davis & Gene Stratton, Barry Finkel, Kurt Graves, Doug Haverty, Art + Soul Designs, Nonie Lann, Brad Lohrenz, Samuel French, Inc., Salvador Palacios, California Lighting & Power, Mi Piace, Marci & David Rodriguez, Samy's Camera, Carson Schutze, Jack Vandermark, Wadler Data Systems, Kelly Witherall