Shawnee’s Sideshow: Come Hear How Love Speaks

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Shawnee’s Sideshow: Come Hear How Love Speaks

Charlotte Mandy, Editor

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Come look at the “freaks!”

Shawnee’s Sideshow showcases our talented students in a compelling story of identity and unconditional love. From the Texas Freak Show to Hollywood, Sideshow follows conjoined twins Daisy and Violet as they navigate a world that seems to see them only for their physical oddity.

Based on the real lives of the Hilton twins, the ambition of Daisy  (Jamie Sheffer, Lexy Rock) is complemented by her sister Violet’s (Abby Reihl, Heidi Schuitema) wish for a husband and a home, both sisters beautifully expressing their desire for a “normal life.”

At the encouragement of talent scout Terry (Evan Taylor, Connor Zeidman) and performer Buddy (Marius Pearson, Sam Morrell), they hone their musical skills and fight for a chance to leave the circus and the control of their guardian. With them goes the best wishes of all of their sideshow friends, people that also feel the unique tension of finding love and purpose in a 1930s society that values them only for their bizarre appearances.

Through their kindled friendships and romances, the sisters face the crushingly bittersweet nature of loneliness and of being ‘stuck together.’ It’s a surprising and moving tale from start to finish. As the girls sing, “Who Will Love Me As I Am?” the audience recognizes a question that every person asks.

Among the other musical numbers is the layered sideshow performance, “The Devil You Know,” the emotional “Private Conversation,” and the hilarious bedroom act “One Plus One Equals Three,” as well as vaudeville-inspired dance that brings the time period to life.

Come see the hard work of the casts, directors, choreographers, ensembles, stage managers, stage crew, tech crew, pit orchestra, and dedicated faculty and volunteers! The remaining shows are on Friday, March 1st at 7 PM and Saturday, March 2nd at 2 and 7 PM. Come “hear how love speaks.”


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