SDSU Presents THE FULL MONTY
The SDSU School of Theatre, Television, and Film presents The Full Monty, the 10-time Tony Award-nominated, laugh-out-loud musical comedy, based on the cult film of the same name.
Six unemployed steelworkers find a renewed sense of purpose when they contrive a "brilliant" plan to rake in cash with a striptease act. The School's Musical Theatre MFA and undergraduate students perform this uplifting musical that redefines male camaraderie.
"I have wanted to direct The Full Monty for many years now," says director Stephen Brotebeck, Assistant Professor of Musical Theatre. "The book of the musical is one of the best that has been written in the past 20 years. While the story follows six unemployed men in Buffalo at the start of the 21st Century, the show has universal appeal to all genders with its message of camaraderie, body image acceptance, and the underdog coming out on top. Our MFA musical theatre students are collaborating with their MFA design colleagues, and a large group of BA performance, stage management, and design majors, to bring one of the largest casts to the Don Powell stage that we have had in many years."
The cast is led by SDSU's MFA Musical Theatre class of 2018, many of whom have had extensive professional performance careers before coming to SDSU. SDSU's MFA Musical Theatre program is one of only 3 programs of its kind in the nation, and graduates only 8-10 students every two years.
MFA Musical Theatre student Leo Yu-Ning Chang plays Harold. The Full Monty "is definitely a fun and challenging production," he says. "During the process, we've created a tight bond and chemistry between the men onstage, and I think the audience will feel that when they come see the show."
The Full Monty runs April 21 - 30, 2017, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in SDSU's Don Powell Theatre. Tickets are $17 general, and $15 for students, seniors, and active military. Be advised that the show is rated R for nudity, and children under 6 are not permitted. Visit ttf.sdsu.edu for tickets and parking information.
Closest parking is in Parking Structure 12, $2/hour. Pay at the kiosk on the 8th Floor and walk across pedestrian bridge to Performing Arts Plaza. Link to printable campus map: https://sunspot.sdsu.edu/map/sdsu_map_bw.pdf (Parking Structure 12 is at E-4 on the map. The Don Powell Theatre is #94 at G-4 on map). Street/metered parking is also often available.
ABOUT THE MFA MUSICAL THEATRE PROGRAM
SDSU's Musical Theatre Program has a thirty-three year history of training artist-scholars. The program graduates 8-10 students every two years, with a balanced 60-unit curriculum of performance courses and scholarly seminars. Graduates teach at the university level as well as professionally perform, direct, produce, choreograph, music direct, and write for the musical theatre.
ABOUT THE SDSU SCHOOL OF THEATRE, TELEVISION, AND FILM
The San Diego State University School of Theatre, Television, and Film combines the arts with the traditional roles of the university by teaching the theory, history, literature, and crafts of theatre and film. The School works to benefit the community by providing educational and entertaining arts performances, particularly to San Diego youth. Utilizing innovative curriculum, interdisciplinary initiatives, and research into evolving technologies, the School is committed to preparing the next generation of entertainment arts professionals. The SDSU School of Theatre, Television, and Film provides transformative, experiential learning that prepares students to launch creative careers. For more information, visit ttf.sdsu.edu.
PHOTO CREDIT: Ken Jacques