Shows: Phoenix Ensemble goes The Full Monty..............
KNOWN for staging outthere productions, the brave and daring folk at Phoenix Ensemble have thrust themselves into another pearler with smash hit musical The Full Monty, which opens tomorrow.
Based on the 1997 British film of the same name, The Full Monty follows the story of six unemployed steelworkers who present a strip act at a local club.
One of lads, Jerry, declares their show will outdo competitors because they are willing to go ‘‘the full monty’’ – that is, strip all the way.
While The Full Monty is fun and light-hearted, local director Tracey Hutley says she was drawn to the musical because it covers ‘‘real people dealing with real issues’’.
As the men prepare for the show, they are forced to face their fears, selfconscious issues and anxieties while finding strength in their camaraderie.
‘‘The big reveal at the end of the show, although important, is only a fleeting moment,’’ she says.
‘‘The true story is about the lives and the journey these men take while facing some of the darkest moments of their lives, including unemployment, death, and issues around sexuality. We’ve been working hard in rehearsals to ensure the audience can connect with these characters and fall in love with them – quirks and all.’’
The Beenleigh production stars Adam Barlett, Tyler Stevens, Kevin Doyle, Stephen Dorrington, Jason Lawson and Simon Ahhim as the male striptease act.
The cast also feature Pete Keavy, Alana Hamblyn, Morgan Leigh Garrity, Kristy Gee, Kate Peters, David Hamblyn, Nathan Gee, Ashleigh Youles, Doug Rumble, Valo Grant, Steve Pearton, Bree Thompson and Laura Gant.
Hutley says the The Full Monty’s original music is a big part of the show’s appeal.
‘‘The music is really catchy and has an upbeat brass band sound and some of the most beautiful ballads of any show that I have ever directed,’’ she says.
The play features choreography by Heather Scott and musical direction by Casey Chadwick and Nick Ng.
‘‘Phoenix is known for delivering cutting edge theatre and not necessarily producing the same sorts of shows as every other company,’’ says Hutley.
‘‘ The Full Monty is testament to this. It takes real courage and trust from the cast to present this shows vulnerability and depth of character.’’
The Full Monty plays the Pavilion Theatre, Beenleigh Showgrounds, Fridays and Saturdays at 7.30pm from tomorrow until November 30.
Clockwise, from top left: Adam Barlett (as Malcolm), Tyler Stevens (Ethan), Simon Ahhim (Horse), Jason Lawson (Dave), Stephen Dorrington (Jerry) and Kevin Doyle (Harold) star in The Full Monty.