The Elephant Man
by Bernard Pomerance
directed by Nina Coen
The play has roles for actors but also includes a beautiful/intense/seductive dance movement as one of the pivotal scenes for which dancers are required. Dancers may audition for a dancing role only, or for an acting role and also be included in the dance sequence.
Date: Thursday 5th September
Date: Sunday 8th September
The auditions will include a reading of scenes, and a short monologue for those who have not previously been involved in an In Players production.
Roles:The play has two male roles, and several smaller roles, either male or female
Rehearsal Schedule: In the period between September-December the rehearsals will be Thursday evenings 7-10 pm and/or Sunday afternoons 12-5 pm. Location to be confirmed. As there are a number of smaller parts, not everybody needs to be present at every rehearsal.
Roles: Four female dancers, preferably with technical training in Contemporary, Ballet, and or Modern
Rehearsal Schedule: Times and dates to be confirmed.
3-4 December - Technical rehearsal and dress rehearsal
5-7 December - Evening performances
8 December - Matinee performance
ABOUT THE PLAY: 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 – victim of rare skin and bone diseases – becomes the star freak attraction in traveling sideshows. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London’s prestigious London 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 favourite of the aristocracy and literati, only to be denied his ultimate dream – to become a man like any other.