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The Elephant Man Auditions-Chicago, IL - Casting ID # 1574707
Project Type Live Event Submission Type Open Call
Location Chicago, IL Union Non-union
Rate/Pay n/a Release Date 06-27-18
Audition Date 12-16-18 Submission deadline 12-15-18
Casting Category Theatre - Non-Equity
A horribly deformed young man – victim of rare skin and bone diseases – John Merrick becomes the star freak attraction in traveling sideshows. Found abandoned and helpless, he 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. become a man

Role # 1 Sir Frederick Treves
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Prominent English surgeon and teacher at the London Hospital. He meets Merrick, aka: The
Elephant Man, while viewing a freak show. After he brings him to live at the Hospital, their lives
become intertwined and they develop a close relationship. (this is a single role assignment)


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 2 John
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

Merrick was an English man with severe deformities who was exhibited as a human curiosity
named the Elephant Man. The actor playing this role must possess above-average movement
skills and some experience with specialized vocal/dialect work. (this is a single role assignment)


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 3 Carr Gomm
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Administrator of the London Hospital. He welcomes Treves to
his new post at the Hospital, and acts as an advisor/mentor to him throughout the play. He deals
with the “business/financial” side of the hospital affairs, but also plays the role of protector to
both Treves and Merrick.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 4 Ross
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Manager of “The Elephant Man” during
his time in the freak show circuit. Born and raised in the poorest and meanest area of London,
he uses Merrick to his own advantage, and takes his money after abandoning him in Brussels.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 5 The Pinheads
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Three freak-show performers from the Congo
whose heads are pointed. Merrick meets them while in Brussels, and they continue to appear
at other times in his life as spiritual/ethereal figures. The actors playing these roles must be
comfortable with movement and singing onstage (though not necessarily professionally trained).


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 6 Manager of the Pins
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Presumably from the
Congo, same as the Pins, but treats them very poorly and uses them to make money.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 7 Belgian Police Offic
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

The officer that arrests Ross
in Brussels for indecent exposure of Merrick at the freak show.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 35
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 8 London Police Office
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The officer that escorts
Merrick on the boat from Brussels to London, and assists in returning him to Dr. Treves.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 9 Boat Conductor
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Conductor of the Ostend- London
boat train, he also assists in returning Merrick to Dr. Treves’ care at the London Hospital.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 10 Miss Sandwich
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A seasoned nurse,
Miss Sandwich has worked in Africa with tropical diseases and scourges. She is staunch,
professional and has a firm belief in God.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 11 Bishop Walsham How
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Bishop How is a believer and a shepherd
for God. He is dedicated to Merrick’s indoctrination into the church, and most pleased when he
puppets his beliefs in every detail. His understanding does not reach into the realms of science.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 12 Will
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Will is a porter at the London Hospital, and one
of the first there to meet and attend to John Merrick. He sneaks others in to gape at him, and is
fired by Carr Gomm.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 13 Snork
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Snork is another porter at the London
Hospital, and is the last to speak with John Merrick before he dies.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 14 Lord John
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Lord John is presumably a man of
wealth and a member of the upper-class British society, who befriends John Merrick along with
the rest of the “important people” in London society. However, he is later discovered to be a
swindler and a user... not unlike Ross or the Manager of the Pins.


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Male
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 15 The Duchess
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

These women are
all members of British royalty and high society. In accordance with the fashion, they befriend
Merrick and visit him as though he was a rare and exotic exhibit. They congratulate themselves
on their charity, and hold no special feelings for him (unlike Mrs. Kendal and Dr. Treves).


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 16 The Countess
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

These women are
all members of British royalty and high society. In accordance with the fashion, they befriend
Merrick and visit him as though he was a rare and exotic exhibit. They congratulate themselves
on their charity, and hold no special feelings for him (unlike Mrs. Kendal and Dr. Treves).


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -

Role # 17 Princess Alexandria
Seeking 1 talent(s) for this role

These women are
all members of British royalty and high society. In accordance with the fashion, they befriend
Merrick and visit him as though he was a rare and exotic exhibit. They congratulate themselves
on their charity, and hold no special feelings for him (unlike Mrs. Kendal and Dr. Treves).


Searchable talent specs :

Gender: Female
Age: from 18 to 60
Ethnicity: Any -