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THE ELEPHANT MAN
October 3-13
Princess Playhouse | St. Thomas

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AUDITIONS | THE ELEPHANT MAN

Auditions

Thu. June 20
6:00pm - 9:00pm

Sat. June 22
1:00pm - 6:00pm

Callbacks

Sun. June 23
11:00am - 2:00pm

BY APPOINTMENT

Audition Location: Princess Ave. Playhouse
40 Princess Ave, St. Thomas ON

There is no need to prepare a monologue; auditions will consist of reading from sides and group work.

Performance Dates: October 3-13, 2024

Rehearsals will run Sundays (11am - 2pm), Tuesdays (6:30 - 9:30pm), and Thursdays (6:30 - 9:30pm) beginning Sunday, July 21, 2024. The rehearsal schedule will intensify in the last week or two leading up to the performance dates.

Synopsis:

The incredible true story of John (Joseph) Merrick, a profoundly deformed man who escapes a sideshow act and falls under the care of Dr. Frederick Treves, a doctor at a London Hospital.

Merrick is promised care and funding, and becomes a celebrity in his own right. He searches for humanity in the world, and soon discovers that it is not just he who is imperfect...

This production will be staged at the Princess Playhouse, St. Thomas ON.

To book an audition time, email: scott.j.smalley [ at ] gmail [ dot ] com.

Roles*

DR. FREDERICK TREVES
Character Age: 20-30
Pronouns: He/Him

An up-and-coming young doctor who has taken a job at the London Hospital. Somewhat naive; he studies and cares for Merrick at the hospital.

CARR GOMM
Character Age: 40+
Pronouns: He/Him

The hospital administrator. Is pleased to accommodate Merrick; is solely focused on the economic health and reputation of the hospital.

ROSS
Character Age: 40+
Pronouns: He/Him

Merrick's sideshow promoter; Exploits Merrick & abandons him in Belgium. Only cares for Merrick if he is profitable.

MAN AT FAIRGROUNDS /
BISHOP HOW
Character Age: 40+
Pronouns: He/Him

Man at Fairgrounds is the sideshow promoter of the pinheads; Bishop How is a London Bishop who frequently visits Merrick at the hospital to discuss his faith.

JOHN MERRICK
Character Age: 28
Pronouns: He/Him

A profoundly deformed young man known as The Elephant Man. Attractive were it not for his deformities. Curious, intelligent, and gentle, he seeks to be treated as any other person.

PINHEAD 1 / DUCHESS
Character Age: 18+
Pronouns: She/Her

Pinhead 1 is one of three Pinheads; intellectually disabled and exploited by her promoter. Duchess is a member of royalty who has come to visit Merrick at the hospital.

PINHEAD 2 / COUNTESS
Character Age: 18+
Pronouns: She/Her

Pinhead 2 is one of three Pinheads; intellectually disabled and exploited by her promoter. Countess is a member of royalty who has come to visit Merrick at the hospital.

BELGIAN POLICEMAN / WILL
Character Age: 18+
Pronouns: He/Him

Belgian Policeman is a beat cop in Ostend; forbids exhibition of The Elephant Man and roughs up Merrick. Will is a porter at the hospital who gawks at Merrick.

CONDUCTOR / LORD JOHN
Character Age: 40+
Pronouns: He/Him

Conductor is a train conductor who shields Merrick from an angry mob. Lord John is a corrupt noble who claims to have secured funding for Merrick to live at the hospital for the rest of his life.

LONDON POLICEMAN / SNORK
Character Age: 18-25
Pronouns: Any

London Policeman is exactly that; they find shelter for Merrick against an angry mob. Snork is a naive newly-hired porter at the hospital who follows Will to gawk at Merrick.

MISS SANDWICH /
PRINCESS ALEXANDRA
Character Age: 40+
Pronouns: She/Her

Miss Sandwich is an experienced nurse who has worked with lepers and who erroneously thinks she can stand the sight of Merrick. Princess Alexandra is a member of royalty who has come to visit Merrick at the hospital.

MRS. KENDAL
Character Age: 18-30
Pronouns: She/Her

A stage actress who has come to the hospital to meet Merrick. She and Merrick develop a deep friendship.

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UPDATES & WHAT'S NEW

ODESA COMPANY TO BECOME A RESIDENT OF THE PALACE THEATRE
April 16, 2024

The Palace Theatre Arts Commons (PTAC) has brought Odesa Company under its umbrella after the two groups signed a 3-year residency agreement for Odesa Company to produce it's London, Ontario based productions at the Palace Theatre.

Odesa Company joins Banished by the King Productions as the second of two resident theatre companies, and is expected to produce its residency shows on the David Long Stage. "This is an incredible opportunity for everyone involved," says Scott Smalley, Executive Director of Odesa Company and member of the PTAC Board of Directors. "It's been exciting to witness the resurgence of the Palace Theatre as we emerge from COVID, and after the success of Odesa and LCP's co-production of 'Dracula' last October, we have a chance to continue our pursuit of staging immersive and engaging theatre. We're looking forward to entertaining audiences and supporting the growth of both Odesa Company and PTAC."

The residency begins on January 1, 2025.

In addition to hosting two resident theatre companies, PTAC operates three other theatre groups, including the London Community Players (LCP), London Fringe Festival, and London Youth Theatre Education (LYTE).

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MENTORSHIP PROGRAM
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OUR TEAM

Odesa Company is an independent non-professional theatre staging and education company based in London, Ontario. It was founded in November of 2022 and federally incorporated on August 15, 2023. Odesa Company is committed to staging immersive & engaging theatre, and providing theatre education opportunities.

It was co-founded by Adam Smalley, Chris Smalley, and Scott Smalley. Odesa Company's inaugural production was the definitive 1927 adaptation of Bram Stoker's novel "Dracula", written by Hamilton Deane and John L. Balderston. "Dracula" opened at the Palace Theatre to rave reviews on Friday, October 27th, 2023.

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Scott Smalley
Executive Director

David Pasquino
Financial Operations

Patricia Relf
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Lindsay Highgate
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PRODUCTION

Chris Smalley
Production Designer
Construction Coordinator

Adam Smalley
Technical Supervisor
Scenic Designer

Sean Coleman
Props Master

Tannis Daoust
Head of Wardrobe

SCENIC ART DEPARTMENT

Ian Jarvis
Master Carpenter

Holly Calnan
Scenic Designer

Bianca Mattos
Scenic Designer

Mike Carriere

Scenic Artist

Beverly Kimmerly
Scenic Artist

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