“Side Show” Insights

Insights into “Side Show” from the Dramaturgy Department.

A Letter From a Patron

Dear Mr. Hebda, I wanted to let you and your cast know how touched I was by your performance of “Side Show”. I found myself in tears many times throughout the show and it really took me on an emotional journey. I have never been so touched by a play before.

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Dancing with the Hiltons

This week we received an email from a man who was able to fill in the gaps of when the Hilton sisters performed in Utah. How did he know? His grandfather was part of the act!

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A Real Life Side Show Performer

As part of the Side Show experience, director Johnny Hebda decided that he wanted to add some authenticity to the production. So, he searched out some current side show performers.

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Introducing Daisy and Violet

Adrien and Angela are both local actresses who have done many shows around town. Ironically enough, they often double each other when roles are double cast. So much to the point that, over the years, they have often said to each other, “We should totally do Side Show.”

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The Hiltons in Salt Lake City

One of the most fascinating parts of researching a historically based show is when you find a tidbit that connects you to the real people behind the story. In our case, its with Daisy and Violet Hilton, the famous conjoined twins around which the story of Side Show revolves.

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Visualize the Side Show

Now that we’re back from Thanksgiving break, Side Show rehearsals are picking up. One of the most exciting moments is when our designers start showing their designs, allowing the cast and production team the opportunity to visualize what everything is going to look like on stage.

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Meet the Choreographer: William Cooper Howell

Side Show is being shaped and molded through the dance and movement vision of Choreographer William Cooper Howell

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We Accept Her

In 1932 director Tod Browning made a film entitled Freaks about sideshow performers. Since Browning had been a part of a traveling circus for many years, he wanted to create the film using real sideshow performers instead of actors with make-up and prostheses.

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