‘The Full Monty’ Opens at Brooke Hills Playhouse

Photo Provided Cast Members, from left, Hayden Heiserman, Lakin Weaver, Jalen McCrary, Steve Snyder and Dave Zanieski rehearse for the Brooke Hills Playhouse production of the Terrence McNally- David Yazbek musical comedy, “The Full Monty,” to be presented today, Saturday and Sunday, as well as next weekend on July 13-15.

As the Brooke Hills Playhouse opens its production of the Terrence McNally-David Yazbek musical comedy “The Full Monty” this weekend, director Emily Vulgamore Hores of Wellsburg is assuring the public that “There is so much more to ‘The Full Monty’ than the strip tease number that everyone associates with the show.” The production is sponsored by the Mullenbach Funeral Home of Follansbee.

The musical, which runs at 8 p.m. today and Saturday and next weekend, July 13-14, as well as at 2 p.m. this Sunday and next Sunday, is suggested for mature audiences. Reservations are available by calling or texting the Playhouse at 304-737-3344.

“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.”

Hores believes that area residents will be able to relate to the story and characters. “This show is based on the steel mills going out of business and what that has done to the steelworkers,” Hores explained. “It delves into the relationships among the families affected by the mill closings.”

“It touches on the way these men have lost sight of themselves, not knowing where to turn, because they’ve worked in the mill for most of their lives, and it’s all they know.”

Hores noted that “In the most poignant line in the opening song, the men sing ‘I want to understand how I got to be a loser, and I used to be a man, I don’t know where I am going, and I don’t know why I’m here.'”

Hores said she is enthusiastic about the show’s ensemble cast. “Directing this show has been wonderful, with a cast that has been so professional and works well with each other,” she said. “They have stepped up to the challenge, run with it and really impressed me with their drive. This will be one show I’ll be sad to see end.”

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 Aug. 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 will 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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