We thought fellow thespians might like a little insight into what we have in mind for The Full Monty (TFM). Please, be aware, the following is intended only as a taster and is not set in stone – We invite anyone and everyone to consider auditioning in October.
The Full Monty will be staged mid-May 2020.
THE STORYLINE & THEMES
The musical follows the same story as the movie but on stage, it’s set in the USA. It centres on the personal and shared journey of six unemployed males but relies on a community of other characters – male and female – around them. The Full Monty requires a cast of approximately 20, including the six male lead characters – each of whom are equally important to the overarching storyline and each of which is readily and realistically ‘identifiable’ to audiences.
They are ‘everyday’ types of males facing unemployment and dealing with its effects. With time on their hands, what can they do collectively, rather than individually, to make ends meet? By show’s end, to go ‘The Full Monty’ isn’t so much about voluntarily stripping, but gaining personal strength, respect and self-knowledge, and a friendship based around a shared, daring and – some might say – risqué, enterprise!
Jerry, Dave, Ethan, “Horse” (Noah), Harold and Malcolm are our six leads, aged 20s-60s –Harold and “Horse” are older; Jerry, Dave, Ethan and Malcolm are younger. These guys have all got to sing Baritone/Tenor, move rhythmically (to music) and be prepared to go The Full Monty!
While less in quantity, but still equally important are the leads’ significant others (or exes) in Pam, Estelle, Georgie, Vicki, Susan, Joanie and Molly. All will be expected to characterise (especially Estelle, Georgie, Pam and Vicki), sing alto/mezzo-soprano and move rhythmically. In addition to these female roles, is that of Jeanette Burmeister who plays the pivotal role of the six’s piano-player come production-advisor. This is an acting and singing role for an alto, able to bring the ruff, tuff, never enuff attitude to the character. Her stage age matches Horse’s.
Aside from these, there are a number of other supporting male roles such as, Jerry and Pam’s son, Nathan (12-15yrs) who plays an important part throughout the show, the male stripper, “Keno” (Buddy), Pam’s boyfriend, Teddy, the nightclub owner, Tony, Police Sergeant, Reg Willoughby, a religious minister and 2-3 other males as part of the ensemble.
THE PRODUCTION TEAM
DIRECTOR | Sid Sidebottom
PRODUCER | Maree Brodzinski
VOCAL DIRECTOR | Bronwyn Darvell
MUSICAL DIRECTOR | Simon McNeair
CHOREOGRAPHER | Elizabeth Viney
COSTUMES | Wendy McCrae
SET DESIGN | Belinda Gunson & Jenny Slater
SET CONSTRUCTION | Max Darvell, Steve Locke & Michael Rubock
LIGHTING | Michael Westcott
LIGHTING DESIGN | Nick Glen