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Shoestring Players At USC Upstate Hold Auditions For "The Full Monty"

06- 08- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - The Shoestring Players at the University of South Carolina Upstate will hold open auditions for the production of The Full Monty on Thursday, August 20. The cast calls for 12 men, eight women, a young boy around the age of 10, and a full chorus. Performance dates are October 1–4.

Adapted from the screenplay by four-time Tony Award winning Terrence McNally and with an award- winning score by David Yazbek, The Full Monty is a poignant and lively story that captivated Broadway audiences and critics alike.  It tells the story of six unemployed, out of shape steel mill workers from Buffalo, New York, who need to pick up some extra cash. After seeing the popularity of a male stripper among the local women, the men decide to put on a strip show of their own. Their gimmick is simple: they will do the full Monty – strip completely naked on stage.  This plan forces the men to come to terms with their own fears of inadequacy, both physically and as providers for their families.

“Could this possibly be more topical,” asks Jimm Cox, who is directing and choreographing the play. “With plenty of hard working men and women out of employment, creative alternatives may be the way forward for all kinds of families. This solution may be a bit extreme, but tough times call for tough solutions. This is a chance to laugh at a unique solution for unemployment.”

For additional information, contact Jimm Cox, chair of fine arts and communication studies and director of theatre at USC Upstate, at (864) 503-5697 or jcox@uscupstate.edu.