The play, directed by senior David Lorenc, is based on the life of Siamese twins Daisy and Violet Hilton. Using the setting of a 1930s carnival freak show, "Side Show" forces the audience to explore its apprehensions, inadequacies and desire to be accepted.
"The story is really touching and sad, but I think the audience will come away with something very deep," said junior Lorene Atkins, the play's producer.
The plot centers on the twins' departure from the carnival and their attempts to be accepted as normal human beings.
"It is very different from most musicals," Lorenc said. "It presents an odd story, but deep down it is beautiful and everyone can identify with it."
The musical opened on Broadway in 1997. Pauper Players' production, which has been in rehearsal since September, boasts two especially strong female roles in Daisy and Violet. The twins will be portrayed by sophomore Meredyth Whitford and junior Cassie Cherney.