Updated: March 09, 2017
Foothill stages Side Show revival March 2-19
In March, Foothill Musical Theater (FMT) will be the first Bay Area theatre company to stage the 2014 Broadway revival of Side Show. The musical will have a limited run at the Lohman Theatre.
Bill Russell wrote the book and lyrics for Side Show, with music by Henry Krieger. Foothill music instructor Milissa Carey serves as director for the FMT production. The musical is a fictionalized account of conjoined twins Violet and Daisy Hilton, who became stars on the vaudeville circuit during the Depression. Originally staged in the late ‘90s, the show got a dramatic revival in 2014. The revival added more music and changed key scenes.
“In contrast to last year's delightful romantic comedy, we wanted to do something more modern and that has an edgier book,” said Carey. “The revival version tightened up the show and made it a very good piece of theater.”
Carey was also drawn to the story because of the strong relationship between the sisters and the many obstacles they overcome together. “There’s a wonderful message overall. We are all much more alike than different and likely seek the same things: love and acceptance,” she added.
FMT’s Side Show production features Jessica LaFever as Daisy Hilton, Lauren Meyer as Violet Hilton, current student Sean Okuniewicz as Terry Connor and alum Tarif Pappu as Buddy Foster. The show, which features two female leads, coincides with National Women's History Month.
“I’m always interested in something that will show a journey to which our audiences will connect,” said Carey. “We want to offer up a great story and make that story as excellent as we can make it -- and I think this one is a really great story.”
Side Show runs March 2-19. Performances are Thursday at 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; and Sundays at 2 p.m. Purchase tickets online or by calling 650.949.7360. Parking Lot 8 provides stair and accessible access to the Lohman Theatre. Visitors must purchase the required parking permit for $3. Advanced parking tickets also available through the box office.
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