Down to the skin and bones

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS -

SHEP­PAR­TON The­atre Arts Group is bar­ing all in its next pro­duc­tion Cal­en­dar Girls.

To cel­e­brate, the the­atre group have cre­ated the Not Naked, Nude Cal­en­dar Girls Com­mem­o­ra­tive 2018 Cal­en­dar and plan to do­nate $5 from ev­ery cal­en­dar sold to the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion.

Cast mem­ber Anne Bowan, plays Lady Craven­shire in the pro­duc­tion and re­cently took her clothes off for the char­ity cal­en­dar “I’ve never got my gear off for any­thing like that but it was a great ex­pe­ri­ence, I en­joyed the day and I think ev­ery­one else did too,” she said.

Although Ms Bowans char­ac­ter does not de-robe in the show she was only too happy to make an ex­cep­tion for the cal­en­dar and pose for June and a cast group shot for De­cem­ber.

“I’m 76, my body has got me this far and I’m proud of it,” she said.

Based on the true story of eleven WI mem­bers who posed nude for a cal­en­dar to raise money for the Leukaemia Re­search Fund, Cal­en­dar Girls is sure to make you laugh and cry.

When Annie’s hus­band John dies of leukaemia, she and best friend Chris re­solve to raise money for a new set­tee in the lo­cal hospi­tal wait­ing room. They man­age to per­suade four fel­low WI mem­bers to pose nude with them for an “al­ter­na­tive” cal­en­dar, with a lit­tle help from hospi­tal porter and am­a­teur pho­tog­ra­pher Lawrence.

The news of the women’s char­i­ta­ble ven­ture spreads like wild­fire, and hordes of press soon de­scend on the small vil­lage of Knape­ley in the York­shire Dales.

The cal­en­dar is a suc­cess, but Chris and Annie’s friend­ship is put to the test un­der the strain of their new-found fame. Cal­en­dar Girls fea­tures the tal­ents of Robyn Ban­field, Fiona Wal­lace, Tri­cia Baggs, Fiona Ken­nan, Wendy Rus­sell, Carol David­son, Melanie Matthews, John Lewis, John Head, AaronDavid Palmer, Anne Bowen, Gemma Marchant, Troy McKind­ley and Wendy Platt.

Per­for­mance Dates and Times

Fri­day Septem­ber 8 - Evening - 7.30pm.

Satur­day Septem­ber 9 - Mat­inée - 2pm.

Satur­day Septem­ber 9 - Evening - 7.30pm. Ticket Prices Full $30 | Conc $25 | Group (10+) $25. All prices are in­clu­sive of River­links’ book­ing fee and can be ob­tained by phon­ing 5832 9511 or on­line www.tinyurl.com/stag­cal­en­dar. Con­tact Nicky Pum­meroy who is the pro­ducer on 0408 361893 to or­der a Not Naked, Nude Cal­en­dar Girls Com­mem­o­ra­tive 2018 Cal­en­dar or email at nick­y­pom@big­pond.com.

NOT NAKED: Cast mem­ber Anne Bowan, plays Lady Craven­shire in the STAG pro­duc­tion of ‘Cal­en­dar Girls’ and re­cently took her clothes off for the char­ity cal­en­dar on sale to raise money for the Leukaemia Foun­da­tion.

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