Full Monty will lift more than spirits
Abbey Musical Theatre is continuing a popular and appealing theme this winter.
Following the success of its hilarious production of Forbidden Broadway, AMT is presenting The Full Monty in August. Directed by Steve Jenkins, The
Full Monty tells the tale of six men who take on life by taking off their kit after five of them are made redundant when the steel mill closes.
They’re desperate for work and stripping seems one of the few options they can come up with.
But they can’t dance, they’re certainly not studs and they could give their torsos to Corso, and more so. So the misfits come together in hope, trust and fear but with a belief that something positive is going to happen.
Steve Jenkins could see the humour and potential in such a situation and has assembled a talented cast to create a truly memorable production of a show that’s been both a successful movie and outrageous stage musical. ‘‘The story is great,’’ he says. ‘‘It’s about friendship, forgiveness, camaraderie, the effect of unemployment and the struggle with self image.
‘‘These are six characters expressing a whole range of emotions as they develop a bond and trust in each other.’’
As well as their stumbling journey towards becoming a slick unit, The Full Monty tells their own personal stories through a series of evocative sub-plots.
Jerry is divorced and can’t pay his maintenance nor see his young son, Dave is overweight and is very conscious of it, Malcolm lives with mum, is depressed and has no friends, Horse is a ‘‘big black man’’ who suffers with people’s perception of his generous johnson, Ethan can’t sing but has other talents while Harold is unemployed but still goes to work, afraid to tell his wife.
‘‘These are incredible narratives and underpin the production,’’ Steve says.
‘‘The audience will leave smiling and remember The Full Monty for a long time. It’s an hilarious story supported by catchy music that ranges in style from ballads to rock.’’
Steve, who directed musical revues in the South Island and has played leading roles in such local musicals as CATS, MAMMA MIA! and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast, is enjoying the experience of crafting this production.
He’s also witnessing something very special.
He says the talent that’s come together to play the roles are growing and developing in the same way as the six Full Monty leads. There’s a synergy in rehearsal that’s palpably like the narrative in the musical they’re playing.
‘‘These guys are extending themselves to play the parts and behaving like their characters. I can’t ask for anything more.’’
AMT’s The Full Monty runs at Wallace Development Company Theatre (The Auditorium) from August 10 to 26.
The boys are prepared to show off morethan their legs in The Full Monty.