August 2, 2008
‘Strip’ Cast Lack a Vital Member
By Paul Bradley
CALLING all black strippers - an am dram society needs you to fill a major part.Worcester Operatic and Dramatic Society is putting on six performances of musical The Full Monty, but can't find an actor to play the part of Horse after one of their lead players pulled out at the last minute.
After a fruitless appeal to people in Worcestershire, the society has now widened its search and is asking would-be actors in Birmingham to come to the rescue.
Organisers of the popular stage show, which sold out over six nights and saw more than 2,000 tickets snapped up last year, said that shy amateur actors should not be worried as the production is tastefully directed.
But with Birmingham's amateur dramatics scene now thriving, budding actors may find there is fierce competition for the vacant role.
Member Julia Jones said: "We desperately need a black man to play the part of Horse.
"He is a great character and is well known for doing a funky dance in the early part of the play, amongst other things. Last year the production was extremely successful and most of the cast are in this year's show.
"The final scene does involve the men getting totally naked, but we put the back lights on so brightly that the audience can see nothing."
British comedy The Full Monty tells the story of six steel workers who form a male striptease act in order to gather enough money for the main character, Gary, to be able to see his son.
In the movie, Horse is played by Paul Barber, best known as Denzil in Only Fools and Horses.
Mrs Jones added: "The cast are all really nice and welcoming and we would ask anyone interested to come along and meet us to see if they fancy this important trole."
The show is being perfromed at the Swan Theatre, Worcester, from October 14-18.
Can you help the struggling Worcester actors? Call Ian Crohill on 01905 425264.
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