Full Monty will lift more than spir­its

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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.

Book­ings at:

The boys are pre­pared to show off morethan their legs in The Full Monty.

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