The University of Central Oklahoma Musical Theatre Division will present the Tony Award-nominated musical “Side Show” at 7:30 p.m. March 6-8 and 2 p.m. March 9 in Mitchell Hall Theater, located on campus.
Inspired by the true story of conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, “Side Show” follows the lives of these two star carnival attractions from the 1930s as one sister seeks a life full of fame while the other wishes for security and a home.
“This pop/rock musical is very sophisticated as its infusion of vaudeville themes in a contemporary style has gathered a cult status among musical theatre aficionados since its premier production in 1997,” said Greg White, Ph.D., director of both this production and the UCO Musical Theatre Division.
Written by the same men who composed “Dreamgirls,” Henry Krieger and Bill Russell were nominated for three Tony Awards for “Side Show” in 1998, including the categories for best “Musical,” “Book of a Musical” and “Original Score.”
“’Side Show’ requires real powerhouse voices to pull off the roles of Daisy and Violet,” explained White.
“We’re at a chapter in the musical theatre division where we have those powerhouse voices.”
The cast for “Daisy” and “Violet” will alternate each evening. For the Thursday and Saturday performances, “Daisy” will be played Dia Janae Baker and Rebecca Capra will play “Violet.” For the Friday and Sunday performances, Haley Jane Schafer will play the role of “Daisy” and Chelsea Clark will play “Violet.” All four women are senior musical theatre majors at Central.
“These students do an amazing job encompassing the depth of the play, which at its heart really exposes the fear and judgment people can project based on race, gender, class and sexuality,” said White.
Tickets are $14 for adults and $10 for senior citizens and faculty and staff with a valid I.D., and can be purchased by calling the Mitchell Hall Box Office at 405-974-3375. Central students get one free ticket per valid I.D.
For a complete listing of UCO College of Fine Arts and Design events and performances, visit www.uco.edu/cfad/events.
Where: University of Central Oklahoma
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