THE ELEPHANT MAN
By Bernard Pomerance
Directed by Mark Hamilton
Stage Management by Diane Bulan
Choreography & Movement by Meghann Deveroux
OPEN CALL AUDITIONS:
Saturday, March 26, 2016 1pm – 4pm
Sunday, March 28, 2016 6pm – 10pm
At St. Pius School
55th and Woodson, Mission, KS.
The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick
who lived in London during the latter part of the
nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man and
victim of a rare skin and bone disease, he has become
the star freak attraction in traveling side shows. He is
found abandoned and helpless and is admitted to
London's prestigious Whitechapel hospital. Under the
care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves,
Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly
evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty
favorite of the aristocracy and literati only to be denied
his ultimate dream, to become a man like any other.
EXPECTATION and PREPARATION:
We anticipate 4-5 weeks of evening rehearsals plus one
week of technical rehearsal for this production. (Due to
the fact that the 4th of July holiday occurs during our
first week of scheduled rehearsal we may possibly start
rehearsals as early as June 27 to allow for holiday
Performers should arrive at the first rehearsal with a very
clear understanding of the dialogue, their roles, and a
head start on memorization of lines.
Needed – diverse cast of at least 6 men and 3 women.
The actors playing Treves and Merrick will only play
those parts. All other actors will play multiple roles. All
ethnicities are welcomed to audition, the Barn Players
embraces diversity in all aspects of our organization,
non-traditional and equal-opportunity casting is
encouraged. BRITISH ACCENTS ARE REQUIRED.
Strike: Cast members are required to assist with strike on
July 29th – August 14th, 2016
Fridays and Saturdays at 7:30 p.m.
Sundays at 2 p.m.
Monday, August 8th (Industry night performance) at 7:30
All performances take place at The Barn Players Theatre,
6219 Martway, Mission, KS
JOHN MERRICK – The Elephant Man. The actor playing
this role must possess above-average movement skills
and be able to perform a physically and vocally
demanding role. No prosthetics or makeup are used
FREDERICK TREVES – a surgeon and teacher who first
brings Merrick to the hospital for study but then rescues
him when he is abandoned by his manager
MRS. KENDAL – an actress who befriends John Merrick
and decides to introduce him into Victorian society. The
actress playing this role must be comfortable with partial,
CARR GOMM – administrator of the London Hospital
ROSS – the "penny gaff' or "freak show" Manager of the
BISHOP WALSHAM HOW – offers Merrick religious
instruction and spiritual guidance
MISS SANDWICH – a nurse at the London Hospital
NURSE – also a Nurse at the London Hospital
SNORK – a Porter at the London Hospital
WILL – also a Porter a the London Hospital
LORD JOHN – an unreliable business man
THREE PINHEADS – three freaks, male or female, whose
heads are pointed, some singing and minimal
BELGIAN POLICEMEN – at a fairground in Brussels
LONDON POLICEMAN MAN – at Liverpool St. Station
CONDUCTOR – of Ostend-London boat train
PRINCESS ALEXANDRA – one of the many visitors of Mr.
COUNTESS – also one of Mr. Merrick's visitors
ENSEMBLE – Street people, Fair goers, Lecture hall
attendees, as needed
For more information please contact Mark Hamilton at
Or Eric Magnus, Artistic Director of The Barn Players, at
The Barn Players embraces diversity in all aspects of our
organization. Non-traditional and equal-opportunity
casting is encouraged.
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