Photo Flash: Media Theatre presents SIDE SHOW

"Side Show", with a book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger, is based on the story of Daisy and Violet Hilton. It's on stage at The Media Theatre through March 26.

The Hilton sisters were conjoined twins who entertained on the carnival and burlesque circuit in the 1920's and '30's. Managed poorly, the sisters eventually meet a talent scout and his budding musician pal who make a deal to showcase the two women on the Orpheum Circuit. Bursting with hope regarding their newfound fame, the ladies hearts are still unfulfilled, as they cannot escape the reputation of being 'freaks'.

The unique musical is on through March 26 at The Media Theatre. Audiences will sit 'under the big tent' during this show, which lends the atmosphere of being in an actual side show event. It's an up close and personal look at what makes us different while exposing the fact that we are all the same.

Photos by Maura McConnell. "Side Show" is directed by Jesse Cline.

For tickets, call 610-891-0100 or visit mediatheatre.org

Photo Flash: Media Theatre presents SIDE SHOW
Terry (Bob Stineman) as the Hilton Sisters perform in the tent

Photo Flash: Media Theatre presents SIDE SHOW
The Hilton Sisters (Jenna Pastuszek, Ashley Sweetman) perform on stage

Photo Flash: Media Theatre presents SIDE SHOW
The Side Show Attractions with the twins

Photo Flash: Media Theatre presents SIDE SHOW
The Hilton Sisters (Jenna Pastuszek, Ashley Sweetman)

Photo Flash: Media Theatre presents SIDE SHOW
Curiosity seekers gawk at The Hilton Sisters


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