High School theater presents the award-winning musical ‘Side Show’

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Side Show performance pr picture.The New World School of the Arts High School music theater students will present the award-winning musical Side Show just in time to welcome the holiday season. With book and lyrics by Bill Russell and music by Henry Krieger with additional book material by Bill Condon, the musical is directed by NWSA theater faculty member Matthew Buffalo. “I have always been drawn to the music of Side Show,” explained Buffalo. However, as I started my directorial research, the message of the show drew me in even further. On the surface, Side Show can be seen as a heartwarming musical about the love of two sisters and the fascinating world of the freak shows of the past. After taking a closer look at the core of the musical, you will find a beautiful story of acceptance.”

Opening performance – Side Show: Friday, November 22, 7:30 PM. Additional presentations: November 23, December 6, & 7 at 7:30 PM and at 2 PM on Sunday, November 24 & December 8. Louise O. Gerrits Theater. 25 NE 2nd Street, 8th floor, Miami. General admission is $12; Students and seniors $5. Tickets available at http://nwsa.mdc.edu/ For more information please call 305-237-3541.

Inspired by the remarkable lives of entertainers and conjoined twins Daisy and Violet Hilton, Side Show delves into the exploitative world of the freak shows and its effects. The Hilton twins were popular stage performers between the 1920s and the 1950s. They were born in 1908 in Brighton, England and were raised by the midwife at their birth, Mary Hilton, who treated the girls as though they were her property and forced them to perform as early as age three. For years, they sang, danced and played instruments at circuses, carnivals and fairs. They were popular in England, as well as Australia, where they toured, but it was not until they arrived in the United States in 1916 that they became stars.

About NWSA: A Florida center of excellence in the visual and performing arts, NWSA provides a comprehensive program of artistic, creative and academic development through a curriculum that reflects the rich multicultural state of Florida. With programs accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art, Dance, Music and Theater, NWSA offers four-year BFA and BM college degrees, as well as the high school diploma. Through its rigorous curriculum and conservatory-style teaching NWSA empowers its students to become leaders in the arts. New World School of the Arts was created by the Florida Legislature as a center of excellence in the performing and visual arts. It is an educational partnership of Miami Dade County Public Schools, Miami Dade College and the University of Florida.

About NWSA’s Theater program: The New World School of the Arts theater program is dedicated to the professional training of talented and committed students interested in pursuing a performing career in theater and music theater, offering students an opportunity to work in a hands-on intensive, physically demanding, artistically challenging and exciting environment. Guided by faculty who are professional actors, directors, playwrights and designers, the curriculum is a progressive journey toward the ownership of a personal technique and a comprehensive methodology of working. The faculty guides the student through the discovery and exploration of self, the learning of diverse techniques used in our craft, intensive rehearsal process, and finally the application of this knowledge into dramatic forms and styles in productions. The NWSA College BFA program culminates each year with showcases in Miami and in New York City. Information about the NWSA Theater program is available by calling 305-237-3541, by visiting http://nwsa.mdc.edu/ or by calling the main office at 305-237-3135.