MSP Lets Loose with "The Full Monty"
While spying on their wives at a “Girls’ Night Out,” a group of unemployed steelworkers sees how much the women enjoy watching male strippers. Jealous, out-of-work, and feeling emasculated, the men come up with a bold way to make some quick cash. As they conquer their fears, the men discover that they’re stronger as a team, and the strength they find in each other gives them the individual courage to go "The Full Monty."
Left to right: Ethan (Ethan Rich), Harold (Derek Brookens), Dave (Gavin Carnahan), Jerry (Jeffrey Salsbury), Horse (Devin Bowles) and Malcolm (Josh Kimball)
Polkadots: The Cool Kids Musical
Presents a Colorful History Lesson for Audiences of All Ages
Polkadots is inspired by Civil Rights pioneers Ruby Bridges and The Little Rock Nine. It follows 8-year-old Lily Polkadot who just moved to the “Squares Only” small town of Rockaway. As the first Polkadot to attend an all-Square school, Lily faces an almost impossible task of gaining acceptance from her peers.
Left to right: Penelope Square (Brooke Bucher), Ms. Square (Lyndsay Manson), Lily Polkadots (Kalyn Glover), Sky Square (Bryce Beliveau)
Southern Illinois’ Professional Summer Theater
McLeod Summer Playhouse (MSP) is the professional arm of the SIU Department of Theater. Presented in the summer months, MSP offers a season of professionally mounted productions through June and July, featuring a company of young professional performers gathered from auditions across the United States. The season concludes with the All Southern High School Theatre Project, an opportunity for area high school students to work with professional staff, jointly produced with Carbondale Community Arts.