Side Show Audition Instructions

AUDITIONS (by appointment only):

Sunday, March 5, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

Sunday, March 12, 5:00 - 7:00 PM

For an audition appointment, please review Commitment Calendar and instructions below, then complete the online Audition Registration Form. You will receive an email/call with your appointment time.  Tech rehearsals and performances are mandatory, however, some parts may be double cast to meet directorsʼ vision or to accommodate cast conflicts (prom, etc.). We must know conflicts to make this work. PLEASE BE HONEST. 


CALLBACKS (if called):

Thursday, March 16, 6:00 - 8:00PM

Conflicts with callbacks may be accommodated if we know in advance.  Please list conflicts completely in the registration form. 



Calling Singers, Dancers, Actors in Grades 8 - 12 -- serious performers willing to work as part of a team to share their talents, refine their skills, and create a high quality show.  Performers of all ethnic and racial backgrounds are encouraged to attend.  Please consider your commitment to the show prior to your audition, as we obviously can’t promise lead roles to everyone.  Every role, ensemble included, will be exciting and fun, as well as a valuable experience.  


• Review Side Show Commitment Calendar
• Fill out and submit the online Audition Registration Form




  •   32 bars from two contrasting songs (one upbeat, one ballad) that showcase your vocal range and demonstrate your ability to show character through song.  Be prepared to sing each entire song if asked. Please do not prepare a song from Side Show the Musical.


  •   How to Prepare Your Accompaniment Music for auditions:  

  • If copied, hole-punch the music and put in a binder.  The music should be on the front and back of each page.  

  • If only printed on one side, tape the pages together so they are back-to-back or put them back to back in a non-glare sleeve.  

  • If music is bound, it should lay flat when open.

  • It should probably go without saying, but accompaniment music should show the piano accompaniment part (i.e., a vocal-only score is not sufficient).

  •   You will be asked to read a scene — no preparation needed for this portion of the audition. 



  • A headshot or school picture, which will not be returned

  • A resume, if available

  • Shoes and appropriate clothes to dance in (no flip flops, crocs, etc.) — you will be taught a short dance combination to be performed in a group.

  • Sheet music (not CD’s) for your audition song in the the key in which you will sing (see “How to Prepare Your Accompaniment Music” above).  An accompanist will be provided (“a cappella” audition songs will not be accepted).

  • If you have questions about what to prepare or what to expect at the audition, don’t hesitate to email or call us.


REHEARSALS: Dates vary — see Calendar View of Commitment (you may not be called for all rehearsals and may only be called for a portion of a rehearsal).  



  • May 12, 7:30pm

  • May 13, 7:30pm

  • May 14, 2:00pm

  • May 19, 7:30pm

  • May 20, 2:00pm

  • May 20, 7:30pm



• $225 Commitment Fee for musical theatre training to develop your talent in singing, movement, and character development in a supportive, nurturing environment culminating in full performances.  Includes a costuming fee.  10% discount for siblings.  A limited amount of partial tuition assistance available.

• $50 Program Ad from a favorite business, restaurant, studio, etc. or Buy-out $50.

• Attend all rehearsals to which you are called.

• Families are asked to contribute volunteer hours in a variety of production areas to help make the show a success. 



Based on the true story of Siamese twins Violet and Daisy Hilton who became stars during the Depression, Side Show is a moving portrait of two women joined at the hip whose extraordinary bondage brings them fame but denies them love. Told almost entirely in song, the show follows their progression from England to America, around the vaudeville circuit and to Hollywood on the eve of their appearance in the 1932 movie Freaks.


Directed by Matt Mayne

Music Directed by Jim Schmitt

Choreographed by Laura Marron

Book and Lyrics by Bill Russell, Music by Henry Krieger


Auditions, rehearsals and performances are held at:  

STAGES 875 E. Main Street

Third Floor, Auditorium Center

Rochester, NY 14605

Parking located behind the building (enter from College Ave).  Tell the attendant you are  attending a Stages’ audition.



585-935-7173 (leave a message and your call will be returned) or email


Hope to see you at the audition!