Can I move the slideshow in SHOWCASE to be a verticle series on the left side?

We want to use the SHOWCASE theme. However, our design elements are verticles. Can we move the visual element that is now the band across the top to be a stripe on the left hand side?

We want to go from this ...

^^^^^^^^^^^
I M A G E
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Other text going here ...
Other text goes here ...

to this ...

^ |
^I |
^M | other text goes here
^A | other text goes here
^G | other text goes here
^E |
^ |

Any ideas? Thanks ...
Steve