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THEATER: Local actors in the spotlight across area stages

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The musical “Side Show” continues at The Media Theatre. The story is based on the story of Daisy and Violet Hilton. The Hilton sisters were conjoined twins who entertained on the carnival and burlesque circuit in the 1920’s

Jenna Pastuszek who plays Daisy Hilton in “Side Show.”

and ’30’s. Managed poorly, the sisters eventually meet a talent scout and his budding musician pal who make a deal to

Ashley Sweetman who plays Violet Hilton in “Side Show.”

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.’  In director Jesse Cline’s production, Daisy and Violet Hilton are played by Jenna Pastuszek and Ashley Sweetman. Pastuszek makes her debut on The Media Theatre stage, with Sweetman returning after appearing in “Les Miserables,” “Ghost”,and “Dogfight.”

 Here’s a brief look at other area  productions:

Act II Playhouse: “Tomfoolery,” through March 26, 56 E. Butler Ave., Ambler. For information, call 215-654-0200.
Arden Theatre Co.: “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” through April 9, 40 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia. For information, call 215-922-1122.
Bristol Riverside Theatre: “Jesus Christ Superstar,” March 31-April 16, 120 Radcliffe St., Bristol. For tickets, call 215-785-0100 or visit www.brtstage.org
Bucks County Playhouse: “My Son the Waiter, A Jewish Tragedy,” March 23-April 9, 70 S. Main St., New Hope. Call 215-62-2121 or visit http://bcptheater.org
Colonial Playhouse: “Clybourne Park,” opens March 10, 522 W. Magnolia Ave., Aldan. For information call, 610-622-5773.
Footlighters Theater: “Godspell,” March 24-April 15, 58 Main St., Berwyn. For tickets, call 610-296-9245.
Knauer Performing Arts Center: Monty Python’s “Spamalot,” March 31-April 16, 226 N. High St., West Chester. For information, call 484-639-9004 or visit www.uptownwestchester.org
Lantern Theatre Company: Shakespeare’s “Coriolanus,” opens March 9, 10th and Ludlow streets, Philadelphia. For information, call 215-829-9002.
Media Theatre: “Side Show,” through March 26, 104 E. State St., Media. For information, check http://mediatheatre.org.

The real Hilton sisters as they appeared in the heydays of their career. The musical “Side Show,” based on their story, is now playing at The Media Theatre.
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Narberth Community Theatre: “Once Upon a Matress,” through March 18, 6376 City Ave., Philadelphia. For information, call 610-352-4823 or check www.narberthcommunitytheatre.org
Players Club of Swarthmore: “The House of Blue Leaves,” March 17-April 1, 614 Fairview Road. For information, call 610-328-4271, or visit www.pcstheater.org
SALT Performing Arts: Disney’s “Beauty and the Beast,” March 24-April 9, 1645 Art School Road, Chester Springs. For information, visit www.saltpa.com
Sedgwick Theater: “Love’s Labor’s Lost,” March 15-April 21, 7137 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia, 19119. For tickets, visit www.QuintessenceTheatre.org or call 215-987-4450.
Spotlight Theatre: “Something Intangible,”through March 18, located at Swarthmore United Methodist Church, 129 Park Ave. For information, call 610-328-1079 or visit www.spotlighttheatrepa.org
Steel River Playhouse: “The Laramie Project,” through March 26, 245 E. High St., Pottstown. For information, visit www.steelriver-playhouse.org.
Theatre Horizon: “WHITE,” world premiere, April 27-May 21, 401 Dekalb St., Norristown. Visit www.theatrehorizon.org or call 610-283-2230.
The Candlelight Theatre: “Camelot,” March 18-April 23, 2208 Millers Road, Wilmington, Del. For information, call 302-475-2313 or visit www.candlelighttheatredelaware.org
Wilma Theater: “Adapt!,” March 22-April 22, 265 South Broad St., Philadelphia.
To submit a listing, send an email to ticket@digitalfirstmedia.com

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