‘Full Monty’ Wraps Up This Weekend at Brooke Hills Playhouse

Photo Provided From left, Celesta Byard, Jalen McCrary, Callie Caroll, Kacie Craig, Steve Snyder, Lakin Weaver and Pete Fernbaugh rehearse for the Brooke Hills Playhouse production of the Terrence McNally-David Yazbek musical comedy, “The Full Monty,” to be presented at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday.

As the Brooke Hills Playhouse prepares for the final weekend of its production of the Terrence McNally-David Yazbek musical comedy, “The Full Monty,” director Emily Vulgamore Hores says the show owes its success to the help of all kinds of families.

“The Full Monty” is adapted from the 1997 hit British film of the same name, and moves the story to Buffalo, N.Y., where some unemployed steelworkers decide to put on a Chippendales-inspired strip show, in which they promise to give their audiences “the full Monty.”

The show, which is sponsored by the Mullenbach Funeral Home of Follansbee and is suggested for mature audiences, runs at 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Reservations are available by calling or texting the playhouse at 304-737-3344.

The first family involved is Hores’ own, immediate family. Her son, Tyler, has his first major acting role as Nathan Lukowski, a young man caught in the middle of a custody battle between his parents, Jerry and Pam, over child support. The situation prompts Jerry to concoct the strip tease act in a desperate attempt to raise money.

Hores says she cast Tyler in the role only after consulting with others. “When your child is auditioning, staying objective and unbiased becomes difficult,” Hores admitted. “I had several board members attend the auditions and had them choose the actor who would play the role of Nathan,” she added.

Hores’ daughter, Odessa, is the production’s stage manager, at her mother’s request. “Odessa is familiar with the members of this cast and this show needed someone backstage they all know well and can trust,” she explained, adding, “If someone in theater is not on stage in a play, they should be building the set, helping with lighting, working the box office, helping in the house, or whatever else is needed.”

The next family involved is Hores’ own, extended family, whom she acknowledges in the show’s program, and the local theater community, especially West Liberty University and Weirton’s Striplight Theatre, who loaned various props and costumes and offered technical advice. Finally, the community at large stepped forward with financial support from local businesses as well as in-kind services.

After “The Full Monty,” the Playhouse’s annual show for younger actors and audiences will follow, with performances July 27-29 and Aug. 3-5. This year’s youth production will be “Charlotte’s Web,” Joseph Robinette’s funny and poignant stage adaptation of E.B. White’s children’s classic about the unlikely friendship between a pig and a spider.

The 47th season will conclude Aug. 17-19 and 24-26 with “Farce of Habit,” Jessie Jones, Nicholas Hope and Jamie Wooten’s sequel to last summer’s popular Playhouse production of “Farce of Nature.” This time, Arkansas’ Reel ‘Em Inn is invaded by a group of nuns on a nature retreat, a severe storm and an axe murderer on the loose.

For all Playhouse productions, Friday and Saturday performances begin at 8 p.m., with Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. Reservations for all performances are available by calling or texting the Playhouse at 304-737-3344.

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