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The Elephant Man Auditions

Avenue Arts Marketplace & Theatre announces auditions for THE ELEPHANT MAN

Located at 324 Cleveland Ave. NW Canton, Ohio 44702

SYNOPSIS: 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 – 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.

The Elephant Man is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.

Directed by: Joshua Larkin

Auditions will be held on Tuesday, April 28th and Wednesday, April 29th from 7-9pm
Callbacks (if necessary) will take place on April 30th from 7-9pm

All auditioners are asked to come prepared to cold read from the script. We also ask that you bring a current headshot and resume with you to auditions. 

Please be familiar with the script using the link at the bottom of this page.

At this time, there are no stipends and/or AEA contracts being offered!

Rehearsals will begin on May 4th and will run Mondays through Thursdays

Performances: June 12th, 13th, 19th, and 20th at 8pm and June 14th at 2pm


CHARACTERS (Roles may be broken up differently at director's discretion):

John Merrick (male, any ethnicity, 20s-40s) - deeply intelligent, soulful, and lonely; a physically and emotionally demanding role; spends much of his stage time contorted in body and face.
This role requires partial nudity (shirtless)

Man #1 (male, any ethnicity, adult) - Portrays Frederick Treves and Belgian Policeman
This role requires mature language and onstage violence

Man #2 (male, any ethnicity, adult) - Portrays Carr Gomm and Conductor
This role requires mature language

Man #3 (male, any ethnicity, adult) - Portrays Ross, Bishop Walsham How and Snork
This role requires mature language

Man #4 (male, any ethnicity, adult) - Portrays Pinhead Manager, London Policeman, Will, Earl, and Lord John

Woman #1 (female, any ethnicity, adult) - Portrays Pinhead, Miss Sandwich, Countess and Princess Alexandria
This role requires mature language

Woman #2 (female, any ethnicity, adult) - Portrays Pinhead and Mrs. Kendal
This role requires mature language and partial nudity 


Avenue Arts Marketplace and Theatre is a CLEan House Theatre. This means we are committed to being a space free of harassment based on sex, gender, race, religion, class, ethnicity, nationality, political belief, or ability. We are committed to being a safe environment that fully allows us to challenge ourselves, our audiences, and our communities; that supports creative risks of mind and body; and that establishes the freedom to create theatre that represents the full range of human experience.


All questions should be directed to [email protected] 

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