'Nothing to fear'

'The Full Monty' opens tonight at Charles Town's Old Opera House

'The Full Monty' opens tonight at Charles Town's Old Opera House

September 04, 2008|By TIFFANY ARNOLD

CHARLES TOWN, W.Va. -- I took it as an accidental pun when director David Norman said "The Full Monty" was about letting go.

"This is really the message of the play," Norman said during a dress rehearsal at Old Opera House. The theater company was gearing up for tonight's premiere. The play runs Thursdays through Sundays, closing Sunday, Sept. 14, at the Charles Town theater. It's the first time "The Full Monty" had ever been staged at Old Opera House, said the theater's executive director Steven Brewer.

"The Full Monty" is the stage adaptation of the late-'90s film about six British guys who take up striptease as a way to make money when times get hard. It's a bawdy, guy's-guy sort of comedy -- parents be warned, there's adult humor and some foul language -- and one could read into it Norman's point, that it is about letting go. Letting go of emotional baggage, letting go of insecurities and -- the obvious -- letting go of clothes.


The six men will do "the full Monty" -- dropping trou -- at the end of the play. But you, the audience member, will see no frontal nudity, Norman said. The audience will see the men's silhouettes behind a screen, not the full Monty as it was done in the Broadway version. He considers this a happy medium.

"It's so that it's not putting it bluntly in the audience's faces," Norman said.

Norman said only one of the six guys had ever been in a prior production of "The Full Monty," and that some of them had to build up the courage to go all the way at play practices. Courage aside, Norman said he thought casting would be more challenging, as they had to find six men with comedic acting chops and the ability to sing high tenor. But they were able to fill most roles easily, Norman said.

Chad Everett Mullenix, a former police officer, is cast as the lead man, Jerry Lukowski. He had never done the play before but said courage was not an issue for him.

"Not for me," he said. "I'm content and happy with who I am. I have nothing to fear."

If you go ...

WHAT: "The Full Monty," presented by the Old Opera House Theatre Company

WHEN: 7:30 p.m tonight and Thursday, Sept. 11; 8 p.m. Fridays, Sept. 5 and 12 and Saturdays, Sept. 6 and 13; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Sept. 7 and 14.

WHERE: Old Opera House, 204 N. George St., Charles Town, W.Va.

COST: $12 on Thursdays, $16 on Fridays and Saturdays and $14 on Sundays. Students pay $8 for all shows.

MORE: Go to for ticket and schedule information.

Cast list

Jerry Lukowski -- Chad Everett Mullenix

Nathan Lukowski -- Ben Boyce

Pam Lukowski -- Ashley Hall

Teddy Slaughter -- Clay Comer

Dave Bukatinski -- Glenn Frail

Georgie Bukatinski -- Terri Magers

Harold Nichols -- D.C. Cathro

Vicki Nichols -- Maria Boyce

Malcolm MacGregor -- Ed Conn

Ethan Girard -- Andrew Leach

Noah "Horse" T. Simmons -- André Brown

Jeanette Burmeister -- Claudia Patterson

Buddy "Keno" Walsh -- Clay Comer

Reg Willoughby -- Bruce Olson

Tony Giordano -- Alan Hupke

Estelle Genovese -- Cari Ann Hupke

Susan Hershey -- Karen Seigel

Joanie Lish -- Beth Anne Hood

Molly MacGregor -- Claudia Patterson

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