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CVPA Faculty, Students, Alumni Well Represented in Studio Tenn’s ‘Elephant Man’

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The College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA) has a collaboration with Studio Tenn that enables Theatre (Department of Theatre and Dance) and Musical Theatre (School of Music) students to gain experience with a professional company. CVPA faculty and students are well represented in the upcoming production of “The Elephant Man” running February 16-26.

Cast:
Brent Maddox (Theatre Faculty as Dr. Frederick Treves)
Matthew Rosenbaum (Musical Theatre alumnus)
Rebekah Lecocq (Theatre alumna)
Anna Dewey (Musical Theatre student)
Jake Perrotti (Musical Theatre student)
Mckenzie Wilkes (Theatre BFA Performance student)

Tech:
Eliza Garrity (Theatre alumna, Sound Designer)
Daniel Baumgardner (Theatre alumnus, Crew Chief)
Robert Helvey (Theatre BFA Produciton Design student, Assistant Technical Director)
Isaac Brotzman (Musical Theatre alumnus, Set Builder)
Seth Kays (Curb College alumnus, Set Builder)
Abby Janis (Current Entertainment Industries Student and Theatre Minor, Intern)

This Tony Award-winning drama is based on the true life of Joseph (“John”) Merrick, a medical mystery of Victorian England who toured Europe as a freak show attraction. His shocking disfigurement afforded him little social contact, apart from the gawking of onlookers indulging their own morbid curiosity. When an esteemed doctor takes Merrick into his care, he begins to see past the Elephant Man’s unsightliness, discovering a remarkable intellect, heart and hunger for human connection. The role of Merrick calls for his malformation to be conveyed through the actor’s physicality, without the aid of makeup or prosthetics—a poignant allusion to what lies below the surface. Visit the show’s website to read more and to purchase tickets.

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