March 2, 2016



By Bernard Pomerance

Directed by Mark Hamilton
Stage Management by Diane Bulan
Choreography & Movement by Meghann Deveroux

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.

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
Strike: Cast members are required to assist with strike on
August 14th.

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,
modest nudity

CARR GOMM – administrator of the London Hospital

ROSS – the "penny gaff' or "freak show" Manager of the
Elephant Man

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
choreography required,

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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