Media Release – 8 November 2019
The Devonport Choral Society has recently announced the cast for their Tasmanian premiere of The Full Monty. However, there is one very important role that is still up for grabs … the role of Nathan Lukowski.
Director Sid Sidebottom says, “The role of Nathan is a great role for an aspiring young actor who loves musical theatre, and is willing to learn, listen, and work hard to portray this engaging, well-meaning, and instructive character. Nathan is ’12-14 years old going on thirty’, but young-looking for his age.”
Mason Waller, who plays the lead role of Jerry Lukowski, Nathan’s on-stage father, will join Mr Sidebottom to read his parts at the young actors’ audition. “It will be a bonding session from the very start,” said Mr Sidebottom. “The relationship between these two characters is crucial to the story. Nathan can be stoic, sincere, and charming, but ultimately real, as he deals with his parents’ custody battle. Their connection will be believable.”
An information session will take place at Forth Primary School on Sunday 17 November at 3pm. Anyone expressing an interest in auditioning for the role is encouraged to attend with a parent or guardian. “This is a special role in the show in terms of character role and presenting a young person in a largely adult show with adult themes. Of course, this will be done with appropriate sensitivity and in communication with the player’s parents.”
Auditions are by appointment only and will take place on Sunday 1 December. More information is available by contacting Producer, Maree Brodzinski on 0408 079 805 or emailing DCSFullMonty2020@gmail.com .
The Full Monty will be performed at the paranaple arts centre (Town Hall Theatre) in May 2020.
Congratulations to the cast of our next production, The Full Monty.
The search continues for our final cast member to play the pivotal role of Nathan Lukowski. Anyone interested in finding out more about the 12-14 male character can contact DCSFullMonty2020@gmail.com .
For those that missed our information session for The Full Monty … find out more here.
Auditions will be held at Forth Primary School on Friday 25 (6-9pm), Saturday 26 (9am-6pm) and Sunday 27 October (9-11am). Auditions by appointment only.
You can book an audition by calling Maree on 0408 079 805 or emailing DCSFullMonty2020@gmail.com
More specific audition information is available upon booking your audition.
Show season will be 15 – 30 May 2020 at the paranaple arts centre.
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
Rehearsals are underway for our next show – The Rise and Fall of Little Voice.
Our incredible cast includes:
Little Voice – Andrea Hay
Mari Hoff – Carolyn Harris
Ray Say – Mike Brooke
Billy – Ross Hay
Sadie – Barbara Gilbery
Mr. Boo – Sid Sidebottom
Phone man – Robert Hopwood
Director: Emil Djakic
Producer: Simon Baldock
Musical elements: Carolyn Harris
Set Design: Jenny Slater
We are very excited to be doing this project as a pop-up theatre at the Banksia Centre in Port Sorell and have some great support from the Latrobe Council and the Port Sorell Little Theatre Company.
Tickets will be available from the Latrobe Council and Camp Banksia.
The play will be performed from 30 August – 14 September.
Theatre Review by Angela Flemming
Wow! What a comprehensively wonderful evening of music, singing, dance, colour, and infectious energy, by an impressively dedicated, focused and professional team (both on and off the stage).
The Devonport Choral Society’s latest production is a ‘must see’ for anyone wanting a fabulous night of sheer entertainment and fun.
Opening Night was a sell-out of enthusiastic patrons, and the buzz was infectious (a crowd that any professional company in a major city would envy).
The stage set was outstanding in its imagination, creativity, and cleverly changing colours, so appropriate to the themes of the show.
The choral harmonies of the backing team of singers were a beautiful complement to the five, very talented lead vocalists, and the numerous, well choreographed, dance routines were quirky, and fun, and energetic, and screamed out to the audience to ‘rock along’.
There were many examples of clever, comic irony in the dialogue, and in the reminders of the attitudes and ‘norms’ of the 60/70’s era.
An impressive and talented group of musicians, ideally placed up-stage, supported the singing and dancing, rather than (as often happens today) overwhelming it.
Sound effects, such as the window cleaning, were particularly clever and apt.
It was a special thrill for me to be at a show where I found, to my surprise, that I still knew every word of every song, and that whole era of classic tunes came joyfully rushing back.
Whether you remember the songs or not, you are guaranteed a totally impressive and entertaining night of first-class, live, community theatre.
Congratulations to popular Director, Sid Sidebottom, and to everyone involved, on such a supremely satisfying team effort.
I know what energy, dedication and commitment it takes.
Time to get ‘down town’ folks! You deserve it, and so do they.