The Bonstelle Theatre will conclude its 60th season with the playful musical comedy The Full Monty, by Terrence McNally and David Yazbek. The Full Monty runs from April 15 to April 23, 2011.
This musical follows six unemployed, desperate steelworkers from Buffalo, who decide to “go all the way” to make some extra cash. The Full Monty has numerous show-stopping numbers, and as the guys work through their fears, loss of identity and feelings of worthlessness, they discover their inner strength and find the courage to face their hardships. The deep friendships that develop and their renewed self-esteem remind them of what it means to be alive.
Wanting to make the story relevant to today’s headlines, Director Michael Barnes highlights the city of Detroit throughout the play. According to Barnes, “the men in this show are the blue collar workers who are down on their luck. The people of Detroit can really connect with the messages presented in this story.” Barnes encourages his cast to take risks and bare it all on stage. He wants the audience to recognize and sympathize with these characters; one of them could be their neighbor.
The production team was equally ambitious in its approach to the musical. Another bold aspect to the production derives from Scenic Designer Jacee Rohlck’s choice to rent the 14-feet by 16-feet The Full Monty sign. A staple in the show, Rohlck decided to rent the 400-light-bulb sign from the Weathervane Playhouse in Akron, Ohio. Rohlck said, “the entire show leads up to the final moment in the play and the sign is a must. It adds an extra element of flash and pizzazz.” She has also incorporated aspects of Detroit factories into the set to aid in the realization of Barnes’ Detroit motif.
Advance ticket sales are available at the Wayne State Theatre Box Office, located at 4743 Cass (corner of Hancock), or by phone at (313) 577-2960. For more information and tickets visit www.bonstelle.com or www.wsushows.com.
The cast includes
Jason Cabral (Fall River, MA) as Jerry Lukowski, Cal Schwartz (Dearborn, MI) as Dave Bukatinsky, Adam Crinson (Sterling Heights, MI) as Malcolm MacGregor, Dave Cowan (Detroit, MI) as Ethan Girard, Alan Ball (Chicago, IL) as Harold Nichols, Taurean Hogan (Detroit, MI) as Noah “Horse” Simmons, Robbie Dwight (Detroit, MI) as Buddy “Keno” Walsh, Ethan Helman Scherrer (Farmington Hills, MI) as Nathan Lukowski, Steve Carson (Grosse Pointe, MI) as Teddy Slaughter, Kellie Marie Sarakun (Grosse Pointe, MI) as Georgie Bukatinsky, Nancy Florkowski (Redford, MI) as Jeanette Burmeister, Megan Fuller (Warren, MI) as Pam Lukowski, Kelly Klopochinski (Sterling Heights, MI) as Vickie Nichols, Mary Cooney (Detroit, MI) as Molly MacGregor, Tim Stone (Toledo, OH) as Reg Willoughby, Dante Jones (Detroit, MI) as Marty, Matthew Miazgowicz (Dearborn, MI) as Gary, Anthony Scamihorn (Marshall, MI) as Tony Giordano, Britta Peele (Harrison Twp, MI) as Estelle Genovese, Aeisha Reese (Flint, MI) as Dolores, Katrina Carson (Southfield, MI) as Joni Lish and Jacqueline Michnuk (Dearborn, MI) as Susan Hershey.
The creative team includes
Michael Barnes (Director), Jeremy Ryan Mossman (Music Director), Mike Peters (Production Stage Manager), Meghan Lynch (Assistant Stage Manager), Jacee Rohlck (Scenic Designer), Fred Florkowski (Technical Director), Jessica Van Essen (Costume Designer), Jason Pratt (Lighting Designer), Anthony Karpinski (Properties Master) and Richard L. Fosbrink (Production Publicity Manager).