Let’s continue our interviews with the cast of the musical The Full Monty, which starts next weekend at the Renaissance Theatre in Huntington.
Today let’s hear from talented veteran performer James Holley:
Q: Tell us about The Full Monty.
James: The Full Monty is a show about people "seeing" the folks around them as we all really are; raw and self-conscious. It's about coming together by baring your soul... and in this case some flesh and working together so we all feel a little less vulnerable.
Q: Why did you want to tackle this show?
James: I loved the movie. It's just a really smart comedy. I was hoping the musical would be just as much fun and it absolutely is.
Q: Tell us about the character you play.
James: I play Harold. Harold was a company supervisor at a union steel mill. His character feels that with the loss of his job he's sorta lost his identity and worries his wife and everyone else will see him as a failure.
Q: The show requires the leads to strip off their clothes - any concerns / fears / trepidation / sheer terror about that?
James: Mortification best describes it. I don't even work outside shirtless so this is a stretch!
Q: Do you have a favorite song or scene in the show?
James: My favorite song is the first one; "Scrap." Basically it's a bunch of guys singing about a need to feel needed.
Q: What's your background in theatre?
James: I've done 15 shows now between Pittsburgh, Charleston, Huntington and Ashland but this is only the fourth musical. I've done a lot of comedy though.
Q: Talk about the cast - brag on one (or more) of your fellow actors.
James: No clue where to begin. They are all amazing. Mike Murdock is my personal theater mentor (although he may not be aware) and watching everyone else in the cast is quite humbling. I'm still amazed they let me play their reindeer games!
Q: Why would you recommend this show to our readers?
James: The show is funny, sweet, and illustrates some great life lessons; be who you are, don't be ashamed, help one another and finally life is short... HAVE FUN!
The Full Monty - Arts Resources for the Tri State presents the musical comedy on Aug. 19, 20, 25, 26 and 27 at 8 p.m. at the Renaissance Main Stage Theatre at 900 8th Street in Huntington. Tickets are $15 each for the show only, $30 each for dinner and the show - reservations are required for the dinner. Call 304-733-2787.