NORMAN — Things are getting a little risqué at the Sooner Theatre during upcoming performances of “The Full Monty.”
Directed by Tom Orr, the production follows a group of unemployed steelworkers in Buffalo, N.Y., as they come up with a bold way to make some quick cash: stripping. In the process they find renewed self-esteem, the importance of friendship and the ability to have fun.
Choreographer Lyn Cramer, who also plays the role of pianist Jeanette Burmeister, said the show is funny and charming, and the “stripping” is all about illusion.
“Women get the most excited because they think they’re going to see naked men,” Cramer said, laughing. “But the show is lit in such a way that the strip at the end, you can’t see the body. The women are the most excited but the men are the most satisfied.”
The story is about more than just a striptease, though, Cramer said. The central character, Jerry Lukowski, begins stripping so that he can support his son. Along with his friends, Jerry and the guys work through fears, self-consciousness, feelings of worthlessness and anxieties and ultimately become better for it.
“The show has a lot of heart,” Cramer said. “At its core its about love of family. So that’s what makes it great. And again, love between a father and a son and the lengths you’ll go to because you love your son.”
Brandon Adams, Sooner Theatre associate artistic director playing Jerry, said though the details of the plot are a little bizarre, “The Full Monty” is a coming of age story that many can relate to.
“I think everyone, to a certain extent, makes choices they regret and has had to fight the urge to say this is the more appealing option but for the sake of someone else I’m going to go this direction,” he said.
Adams said the production will appeal to those who might not normally consider themselves musical theater going audience members.
“This show is not your traditional musical. It has contemporary humor, it’s adult-oriented subject matter,” Adams said. “It’s something you could come in and have a good time. Instead of going to a concert at the casino, you could come and have a good time and see a lot of things you wouldn’t expect from a musical.”
Performances are 8 p.m. Oct. 18-19 and 25-26, 2 p.m. Oct. 20 and 6 p.m. Oct. 27 at the Sooner Theatre, 101 E Main St. Star Circle tickets are $25 and Main Floor tickets are $20. Purchase tickets online at soonertheatre.org, by calling 405-321-9600 or at the Sooner Theatre box office 10 a.m. to noon and 2-5 p.m. Tuesday–Friday.
The performance is rated R.