The Cheater Theatre Group will be holding an open casting call for The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance on Sunday, September 22 at 1.00 pm & Tuesday, September 24 at 7.30 pm at their theater (Black River Playhouse), 54 Grove Street (corner of Grove St & Maple Ave) in Chester, NJ.
Steve Catron will direct the production, which will be performed November 15th through December 1st. A total of 20 roles (some of which may be doubled) are played by a minimum of 7 men (aged 18 and up) and 4 women (aged 18 and up). The smaller parts may offer an opportunity for newcomers or those with less experience to take on a role.
Those interested in auditioning are asked to arrive within 45 minutes of the start time and will be asked to read scenes from provided scripts. Additional character information is available www.chestertheatregroup.org Contact the director, Stephen Catron via email with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
- FREDRICK TREVES (male, age 30-40s) - a surgeon who brings Merrick to the hospital to study, he genuinely cares about his subject, but also hopes to garner attention from their association.
- JOHN MERRICK (male, age 20-40s) – because of his severe deformities, Merrick is initially exploited as “The Elephant Man,” sideshow freak; when sheltered by Treves, his humor, intelligence and humanity becomes apparent NOTE: No make-up or prosthetics are used in the play, the actor will contort his body to emulate Merrick – any actor with back/muscular problems should refrain from auditioning for this part
- MRS. KENDAL (female, age 40-50s) - an actress who becomes a friend of Merrick's and introduces him to society NOTE: there is a moment in the play where MRS. KENDAL removes her top – the actress cast should be willing to remove her top briefly, or at least remove clothing to a brassiere
- CARR GOMM (male, age 50+) – administrator of the hospital
- ROSS (male, age 40+) – manager of the “The Elephant Man”
- THE BISHOP (male, age 50+) – becomes a spiritual guide for Merrick
- *PINHEADS (3 females, age 18+) – pointy headed freaks
- *CONDUCTOR (male, age 18+) – mistakenly takes Merrick for an imbecile
- *WILL (male, age 18+) – a worker at the hospital
- *COUNTESS, DUCHESS, PRINCESS (3 females, age 18+) – Merrick's visitors
- *LORD JOHN (male, age 18+) – a visitor
- *MISS SANDWICH (female, age 18+) – a nurse who is repulsed by Merrick's appearance
- *SNORK (male, age 18+) – a porter
- *POLICEMEN (3 males, age 18+)
- A cello soloist is also featured in the play
*Roles may be doubled