Side Show

Musical Theatre Workshop

About Side Show Musical Theatre Workshop


Side Show Musical Theatre Workshop is an official Student Organization at Indiana State University specializing in the performance of musicals including revues, medleys, single musical numbers, full-length musicals, and official Broadway Musicals.



The main focus of the group is to teach the process of Musical Theatre including Auditioning, Acting, Singing, Dancing, and Collaboration.  We perform musicals and shows to increase awareness in the arts and draw appreciation to performing.



Side Show was created by Neil Jordan Carpenter and Preston Dildine in the fall of 2010, as requested by the ISU Theatre Department Head, Sherry McFadden. They began as a group designed to instruct its members in the ways of performing and auditioning for musical theatre. It was also meant to be a positive and welcoming spokesgroup for the Department itself. The group made its debut in the fall of 2010 with Carpenter and Dildine acting as Co-Presidents.

The first performance was the 2010 Terre Haute Street Fair, which included numbers such as “When Words Fail” performed by Preston Dildine, “Proud of Your Boy” performed by Neil Jordan Carpenter, “A Whole New World” performed by Ian Marshall and “Loving You” performed by Angela Owens.

After Carpenter’s graduation in the spring of 2011, Dildine took over the group as President. Dildine started off the new season of fall 2011 by workshopping an original musical titled Loving Insanity with script written by Preston Dildine and music composed by Ian Marshall, the current Music Director. During the season, actors were selected for parts for the show. Concurrently the group had been asked by McFadden to perform at the Toyota of Terre Haute and Homecoming 2011. Because of the multiple shows occurring at once, Loving Insanity was not prioritized by most of the cast and therefore was a flop. The performance was sought of as a joke by many of the faculty of Indiana State University’s Theater Department and the students. Marshall and Dildine agreed in an interview that just a little more time in the schedule and better commitment from the cast would have made the show fantastic.

In the winter of 2011, Dildine resigned as President and placed Ian Marshall (the current Music Director) in charge. Marshall started to turn the group around as he secured a performance slot at the Indianapolis Artsgarden’s Winter Festival, directing the first annual Christmas show, “A Side Show Christmas: Secret Santa.”

In the spring of 2012, President Ian Marshall registered Side Show as an official student organization in Indiana State University Student Activities and Organizations through the Indiana State University Student Government Association (SGA), started an account with the University to financially support the group, and gained recognition for the group within the University. Because of the SAO support, Side Show saw more interested students at auditions the following spring. The first show Marshall directed that spring was the first annual Broadway Revue. The show had record breaking attendance and was a major success with the audience and faculty. Because of the show, Side Show was pulled out of its rut and was now a quality organization.

Side Show branched off of the Department of Theater and became an independent organization in the winter of 2012. By becoming an independent organization, like many others, Side Show is free to perform in different venues outside of the Theatre Department, such as Indianapolis Artsgarden.

 Rachael Rosfeld and Kyle Guyton are the current president and vice president of Side Show.

In the fall of 2014, with the support of the Theatre Department, Side Show was able to produce The Color Purple. The production involved many majors and non-majors and was very well praised within the community of Terre Haute. The show broke many records for the department including selling out every show before the show opened.


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 Donating to the Organization

If you would like to donate money to SIDE SHOW MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP, mail a check to 513 Hulman Memorial Student Union, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, IN 47809.


Checks should be made out to SIDE SHOW MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP.



To be a part of SIDE SHOW MUSICAL THEATRE WORKSHOP one must currently be a student at Indiana State University.  If one is a student at Indiana State University, he/she may join Side Show by audition only.  Auditions are held at the beginning of each semester.  Auditions throughout the year may be scheduled; however, there is no guarantee of a part in the musical being workshopped at the time.

To schedule an Audition, have the perspective member send an email to the organization’s email address ( with dates and times that he/she is available.

If one is not a student at Indiana State University and would like to be a part of Side Show, there are positions open for musicians and choreographers.  If one is interested in a being a musician or choreographer for the organization, have the interested person send an email to the organization’s email address (


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Executive Board

President: Rachael Rosfeld

Vice President: Kyle Guyton

Secretary-Treasurer: Jessica Masner

President Emeritus: Ian Marshall 

Executive History

Fall 2013
Rachael Rosfeld - President
Kyle Guyton - Vice President
Jessica Masner - Secretar-Treasurer

Spring 2013
Ian Marshall - President
Rachael Rosfeld - Vice President
Jessica Masner - Secretar-Treasurer
Kyle Guyton - Music Director

Fall 2012
Ian Marshall - President
Rachael Rosfeld - Vice President
Jessica Masner - Secretar-Treasurer
Kyle Guyton - Music Director

Spring 2012
Ian Marshall - President
Jessica Masner - Secretar-Treasurer

Fall 2011
Preston Dildine - President
Jessica Masner - Secretary-Treasurer
Ian Marshall - Music Director

Fall 2010
Neil Jordan Carpenter - Co-President
Preston Dildine - Co-President