The Full Monty showing through May 19 at The Forum.
WICHITA - Opening the evening of April 25, The Forum Theatre will be rolling out its newest production: The Full Monty. Once a ' 90s British film, this show has been brought to the stage as a musical. It displays a tale of family, friendship, teamwork and self-discovery.
The story circles around six recently unemployed steelworkers struggling to find work. Their leader, Jerry, resolves to form a Chippendales-style dance group with his fellow non-workers. They claim their group, named "Hot Steel," will be better than the original; they will perform completely nude - showing "the Full Monty."
Within the men of "Hot Steel," a romantic relationship between dancers Malcolm and Ethan forms. Malcolm, played by Ted Dvorak, is a gay man who, after a failed suicide attempt, falls for dancer Ethan, played by Jordon Snow.
Snow, who is performing in his fifth show for The Forum Theatre, says the musical "shows the building of the relationship and the two characters sing a number together."
Snow says his character exemplifies self-discovery and "just wants to dance." When asked if, as an openly gay man himself, he enjoys playing a gay role, Snow responded, "I find it more difficult because I have to put more of myself into the character, making me more vulnerable onstage.
"The show is about discovery. Each character has different reasons and circumstances why they are stripping, and each overcomes struggles," Snow says.
The question on everyone's mind will surely be, "So, will the 'full monty' be shown in the musical?" To answer this, all will have to attend the performance and see for themselves.
The Full Monty shows April 25-May 19 every Thursday-Saturday at 8pm with a Sunday matinee at 2pm. Tickets can be purchased by calling the box office at 316-618-0444 or by going online to www.fommwichita.com.