The Elephant Man

The Elephant Man

Mount Mercy University held its spring production, The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance, May 3-5, 2013. 

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 has become the star freak attraction in traveling side shows. 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.

See photos from the production

Cast (in order of appearance): 

Ben Wood - Treves, Belgian Policeman
Senior - PR/Comm Studies
Cascade, IA

Activities at MMU: Editor-in-Chief, Mount Mercy Times; Resident Assistant, STEPS, Improv, Drama Club, Choir, Jazz Connection, Band, Campus Ministry

Previous roles: Judge Hathorne, The Crucible; Ottavio, Scapino!; Gerald Croft, An Inspector Calls; Nunzio Cristano, Over the River and Through the Woods; Orville, Quack; Telephone Man, Barefoot in the Park
Enjoys most about theatre: Being able to collaborate with creativity on the stage. I also love to just let loose and be somebody else.
Special thanks: A big thank you to my family, my girlfriend Rebecca Redmond, all of my friends and the entire Mount Mercy community in supporting me over these four years. I will miss these opportunities so much, but I am glad to have spent these four years on the Mount Mercy stage with my fellow actors/actresses and directors throughout my time here! I couldn't have done this without all of you! Thanks a ton!!!
Scott Droessler - Carr Gomm, Conductor
Senior - Fine Arts
Des Moines, IA
Previous roles: Giles Corey, The Crucible
Enjoys most about theatre: The camaraderie of the cast. The challenge in becoming your character.
Special thanks: My family for all the positive encouragement.

Taylor Foster - Ross, Bishop Howe
Senior - Comm Studies
Cedar Rapids, IA

Activities at MMU: Drama Club, Improv Club, MMU Times

Previous roles: John Proctor, The Crucible: The Fool, A Long Time Ago
Enjoys most about theatre: I love the way it brings people together. With people who love theater as much as you do, it creates a connection you can't get anywhere else.
Special thanks: To my brotha mang, Seth Ryan, who's the best brother anyone could have. My one crazy dramatic sister and the other who is the duct tape master. And to both sets of my loving parents who have been holding their heads in embarrassment since the day I was born.

Danny Wayson - Merrick
Sophomore - Comm Studies
North Liberty, IA

Activities at MMU: Drama Club, Spanish Club, Improv

Previous roles: Scapino, A Girl's Guide to Chaos, and The Crucible
Enjoys most about theatre: The unity of the cast in working together to create a work of art.
Special thanks: A special thanks to my family for their continual support throughout my acting career.

Jarod Heims - Pinhead Manager, London Policeman, Snork
Junior - Math and Philosophy
Monticello, IA

Activities at MMU: Orientation Leader, Band Club, Math Club, Stang Gang

Previous roles: Parris, The Crucible; Leondro, Scapino, Inspector Goole, An Inspector Calls
Enjoys most about theatre: Family atmosphere
Special thanks: To Jill Heims and Brad Heims and to my Directors and Stage Managers
Tanner Retzlaff - Porter, Lord John
Freshman - Marketing
Center Point, IA

Adrienne Eliff - Pinhead, Princess Alexandria
Freshman - English
Blairstown, IA

Activities at MMU: Band, Choir, Theater/Drama, SGA, Improv

Previous roles: Abigail Williams, The Crucible
Enjoys most about theatre: The opportunities both on and off stage.
Special thanks: To my parents for their support, my sister and my lovely theater friends at MMU. :)

Hillary Kaefring - Miss Sandwich
Freshman - Music Education
Solon, IA

Activities at MMU: Freshman Class President, SGA Cabinet, Admissions Ambassador, Choir, Jazz Choir, Band, Drama Club, M2AP Board, SISEA, Campus Ministry

Previous roles: Mercy, The Crucible
Enjoys most about theatre: Crew calls
Special thanks: My parents

Lyla Lapid - Pinhead, Duchess
Senior - Accounting
San Diego, CA

Activities at MMU: Drama Club

Enjoys most about theatre: Everything; scene study, public speaking, performing
Special thanks: Nich Radcliffe and the Drama Club

Casey Gaul - Pinhead, Countess
Senior - Nursing
Dyersville, IA

Activities at MMU: Resident Assistant, Student Ambassador, NOVA, CRDM, Campus Ministry - Antioch Team, Honor's Club

Previous roles: Mary Warren, The Crucible; Over the River & Through the Woods
Enjoys most about theatre: The time I spend exploring characters with my cast mates and the bonds that come out of the creative process.
Special thanks: To all of the people who support me in all of my crazy life adventures. Thanks to the cast, crew and directors for pushing us all to create our own unique production of The Elephant Man. Thank you to the audience for coming. :)

Rebecca Redmond - Mrs. Kendall
Junior - Marketing and Fine Arts
Bernard, IA

Activities at MMU: Enactus Vice President, Art Club Vice President, STEPS, Admissions Ambassador, SGA Treasurer

Previous roles: Scapino, Inspector Calls
Enjoys most about theatre: The personal growth I see in myself and all my cast mates throughout the production.
Special thanks: To my family and all their support throughout the years.