Henry Nominations: Best Director: Matt Radcliffe, Best Sound Design: The Rogue Spirits, Best Actor: Micah Speirs
Springs Ensemble Theatre Continues Its Seventh Season with The Elephant Man by Bernard Pomerance
Springs Ensemble Theatre (“SET”) continues its seventh season with an intimate production of Bernard Pomerance’s classic The Elephant Man. The play follows the life of John Merrick, a man disfigured by a rare bone disease, who becomes the leading side-show attraction in Victorian London. The Elephant Man is a beautiful exploration of what it means to be human.
John Merrick, the titular elephant man (played by SET’s own Micah Speirs), is a scientific curiosity whose plight captures the attention of respected physician Frederick Treves (Jude Bishop). Treves obsesses over creating a “normal” life for Merrick and introduces him to the actress Mrs. Kendal (E. Amber Singleton) who, in turn, introduces Merrick to the upper classes of Victorian society. Merrick’s wit and quick observations make him a social darling, but his physical disfigurements prevent him from being seen for what he truly is: a man, plain and simple.
The Elephant Man is directed by SET member Matt Radcliffe and showcases some of Colorado Springs’ best talent, including SET ensemble members Micah Speirs, Emory John Collinson, and Hannah Alden McCullough, as well as guest artists Jude Bishop, Danine Schell, Buck Buchanan, Greg Farinelli, E. Amber Singleton, Taylor Geiman, and Alicia Kensington Franks. Local band The Rogue Spirits (Travis Duncan and Jeremiah Walter) will perform alongside the actors to create live music and effects for the show.