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Will Phoenix Ensemble go The Full Monty?
Written by Paula Weston   

Phoenix Ensemble is set to present the smash hit musical The Full Monty in November, and audiences will need to come along to see if the cast really does go “all the way”.

The musical is an Americanised version of the 1997 British film, in which six unemployed Buffalo steelworkers decide to put on a strip act at a local club after seeing their wives' enthusiasm for touring Chippendales. Their point of difference? They'll go "the full monty" — strip all the way. 

Director Tracey Hutley said she was drawn to the show because, while the show was fun and light-hearted, it was also about real people dealing with real issues. 

“The big reveal at the end of the show, although important, is only a fleeting moment. The true story is about the lives and the journey these men take while facing some of the darkest moments of their lives, including unemployment, death, and issues around sexuality. We’ve been working hard in rehearsals to ensure the audience can connect with these characters and fall in love with them – quirks and all.

“Every member of the audience will be able to relate to one of the characters, as most people will have experienced similar journeys in their lives. We’ve worked really hard to show that the themes of the show are as real today as they were when the production was first developed.” 

The show’s original music was another big plus for the director. “The music is really catchy with an upbeat brass band sound and some of the most beautiful ballads of any show I have ever directed.”

As they prepare for the strip show, the men work through their fears, self-consciousness, and anxieties, and find strength in camaraderie. Tracey said a similar bonding experience happened for the cast through the rehearsal period.

“The guys have formed a certain bond that only fellas can when they are running around a stage half naked. We have a great bunch of people who are here to put on a terrific performance – and that’s what the audience will get.”

Full Monty features choreography by Heather Scott and musical direction by Casey Chadwick and Nick Ng. It promises to be a highlight in Phoenix Ensemble’s two-decade history.

“Phoenix is known for delivering cutting edge theatre and not necessarily producing the same sorts of shows as every other company,” Tracey says. “The Full Monty is testament to this. It takes real courage and trust from the cast to present this shows vulnerability and depth of character.”

And do the cast go the full monty? Come along and see.

7.30pm:         1,2, 8, 9, 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, 30 November

Tickets:          $26 adult; $24 concession



Season 2014

Phoenix Ensemble’s upcoming 2014 season cements the company’s reputation for staging innovative and challenging productions.

The ensemble will again push boundaries with a showcase of popular music, a theatrical drama, a much-loved musical and one of the most popular Andrew Lloyd Webber musicals of all time, all staged at the Pavilion Theatre in the Beenleigh Showgrounds.

Phoenix Ensemble Artistic Director Maria Grills said the season offered plenty of choice for regular audiences and should also attract new visitors to the boutique theatre.

“Our 2014 line-up gives theatre fans a chance to see a wide variety of shows that will again reflect the Phoenix vision of quality performances, innovative staging and commitment to excellence – all at an affordable price.”

The Wonders

directed by Joel Mikkelsen

A self-devised showcase of popular music sourced from bands that had one major hit, a one-hit-wonder!

Season: 21 February- 22 March

The Woman in Black

directed by Steve Pearton

A theatrical ghost story that will masterfully pitch the audience members' own imagination against themselves to create suspense and fear

Season: 2 - 24 May

Little Shop of Horrors

directed by Tracey Hutley

An innovative reimagining of a perennial classic.

Season: 8 August - 6 September

Jesus Christ Superstar

directed by Morgan Garrity

A raw, gritty, modern makeover of the Andrew Lloyd Webber classic while keeping strong links to the biblical references.

Season: 17 Oct - 15 Nov


Last Updated on Monday, 14 October 2013 15:49
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