Written by Bernard Pomerance

Directed by Lori Robinson Distel and Piper J. Distel 
* THE ELEPHANT MAN is licensed with permission through 
Concord Theatricals Inc. 


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 – the victim of rare skin and bone diseases – he 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.

PLEASE NOTE: 'THE ELEPHANT MAN' features subject matter that may be upsetting to some. 

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Saturday, October 22nd, 2022 from 1:00-4:00 pm

Knox Presbyterian Church (132 Argyle St. Cambridge, Ontario.) 


Rehearsals will be held three times a week (Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 7:00-10:00 pm) beginning on FRIDAY, OCTOBER 28th. 
Rehearsals will be held at Knox Presbyterian Church (132 Argyle St. Cambridge, Ontario.) 

SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 19th - Move In to Theatre 
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20th - Que to Que 
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21st - Tech Dress Rehearsal
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 22nd - Full Dress Rehearsal 
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23rd - School Performance (10:00 AM) 
FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 24th - Opening Night at 2:00 pm 
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 25th - Performances at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm 
SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 26th - Performances at 2:00 pm and 8:00 pm 


WHO IS ELIGIBLE TO AUDITION? Auditions are open for college-aged performers (18-25 years)! We encourage full participation from actors of all backgrounds and experience levels. Members of the BIPOC, 2SLGBTQIA+ communities, as well as performers with disabilities are encouraged to audition! 

WHAT SHOULD I PREPARE? Please prepare a contemporary monologue, less than three minutes in length. Auditions are by appointment only. Please see the registration form at the bottom of this page.

CALLBACKS: Callbacks for specific roles may occur and will be by invitation only. 
If you don't receive a callback, don't worry! We will not be hosting callbacks for every role in the show. 

SHOW FEE: For those who are cast, there will be a show fee. This fee is determined by our Executive Board. This fee helps to cover the cost of venue rental, licensing, sets, costumes, props, insurance and so much more! It does not cover payments for employees. The show fee for THE ELEPHANT MAN is $150. 
Along with the show fee, performers are asked to sell a minimum of 10 TICKETS to the show. 


WHAT TO EXPECT: When you arrive at your audition, you will be greeted by members of our administration team who will ask that you fill out any necessary paperwork. They will be available to answer any questions you may have regarding the show and company. Please arrive ten to fifteen minutes before your scheduled audition slot. When you arrive in the audition room, you will be greeted by the Creative Team (Piper J. Distel and Lori Robinson Distel.) You will be asked to perform your monologue, and may be asked to read a scene from the show. 

WHAT IS THE COLLEGE INTENSIVE PROGRAM?: The College Intensive is a new program by Penny & Pound Theatre Productions, designed specifically for post-secondary school students looking to be challenged and trained in a fast-paced theatrical enviorment. The College Intensive features multi-dimensional, cerebral productions, shorter, more rigorous rehearsal schedules and on-the-spot training, designed to challenge and inspire young actors looking to pursue post-secondary education. 


JOHN MERRICK: Masculine presenting | A young man deformed by a rare bone and tissue disease. Merrick is soft-spoken, deeply intelligent and creative. He yearns to be like other men. Actor must have a good sense of physicality. 

DR. FREDERICK TREAVES: Masculine presenting | The narrator of the piece. He is a talented doctor at London's White Chapel Hospital, and cares deeply for Merrick's wellbeing. 

MRS KENDAL: Feminine presenting | A beautiful actress who befriends Merrick. 

CARR GOMM: Masculine presenting | The administrator of the hospital. 

ROSS: Masculine presenting | The cruel and manipulative manager of 'The Elephant Man.' 

PINHEADS (3): Feminine presenting | Three female circus performers. 

NURSE SANDWICH: Feminine presenting | A nurse at the hospital. 

BELGIAN POLICEMAN: Masculine presenting. 

LONDON POLICEMAN: Masculine presenting. 

MAN: Masculine presenting | The manager of 'The Pinheads' at a fairground in Brussels. 

PRINCESS ALEXANDRIA: Female presenting. 

THE DUCHESS: Female presenting. 

THE COUNTESS: Female presenting. 

LORD JOHN: Masculine presenting. 

BISHOP WALSHAM HOW: Masculine presenting. 

PORTER: Masculine presenting | A porter at the London hospital. 

SNORK: Masculine presenting. | A porter at the London hospital.

CONDUCTOR: Masculine presenting. | The conductor of a Ostend-London boat train. 

COMPANY: Any identity. | Circus performers, townsfolk. Actors must have a good sense of physicality. 


THE ELEPHANT MAN | Audition Form
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