The Full Monty, Fareham Musical Society, Ferneham Hall
The original version of The Full Monty was a very successful film starring Robert Carlyle in the late 1990s. The story of out of work steel workers in 1970s Sheffield trying to make ends meet by doing "The Full Monty" was a firm favourite and continues to be so today. The musical followed a few years later and changed the setting to New York and the time to the present but the story remained the same.
Fareham Musical Society produced an incredibly polished and enjoyable production. The scene changes were seamless and quiet and they utilised the simple but effective set fully. The lighting was very cleverly done and timed to perfection, particularly in the end "Full Monty" sequence, much to the disappointment of the excited ladies in the audience.
The performances were all very slick and so natural that, at times you forgot you were watching a show, as such it is difficult to single out any one person from this talented ensemble. Stuart Frank as Jerry was outstanding. His powerful voice and convincing accent were perfect and he remained completely in character throughout. The scenes with his son Nathan (beautifully played by Tristan Redwood) were both fun and heartbreaking in equal measure, whilst the "best friend scenes" with Dave (Alex Howat) showed great onstage chemistry between the two men
Sarah Clarke as Jeanette, clearly relished her role and had great comic timing. Hannah Edwins as Vicki was a particularly strong performance, full of sass and character whilst Alexandra Maclean as Georgie wowed the audience with her stunning voice.
The show was topped off by an enthusiastic and accomplished orchestra ably directed by Musical Director Valerie Tucker and superb choreography by Beth Marshall. All these things have led to a very successful debut of director Sam Sampson. This is a show to be proud of.
On until Saturday. Don't miss it.