Spot­light on naked am­bi­tions

Cal­en­dar Girls is com­ing

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - NEWS - Wendy An­drews wendy.an­drews @coff­s­coas­tad­vo­cate.com.au

LO­CAL di­rec­tor Pat Slattery is bring­ing one of her favourite pieces to the Jetty Theatre and au­di­tions are on later this month.

“I’ve been mean­ing to do this play for ages but I’ve al­ways chick­ened out,” Pat said.

The play is Cal­en­der Girls, and yes folks, there will be nu­dity.

Based on the 2003 English film star­ring He­len Mir­ren and Julie Wal­ters, Cal­en­der Girls tells the re­mark­able and in­spir­ing story of the ladies of the Nap­ley branch of the Women’s In­sti­tute who have al­ways done their part for char­ity.

This time the need is closer to home, so they’ve de­cided the best way to raise more money than ever be­fore is to go fur­ther than any­one could ever imag­ine – a semi-nude cal­en­der.

“Don’t worry, we’re talk­ing taste­ful nu­dity, no full frontal or any­thing,” Pat said.

“There will be plenty of strate­gi­cally placed fruit, veg, baked goods and over­sized sun­flow­ers hid­ing ev­ery­one’s bits. “I’m not go­ing in it my­self – there aren’t wa­ter­mel­ons that big.”

Pat is look­ing for nine women “of all shapes and sizes” and four men to be in the pro­duc­tion, to run late March to early April.

“The women will be play­ing char­ac­ters rang­ing in age from 30 to about 70 (we can al­ways get out the make-up box to make some look older), and I’m look­ing for two men who can pass for be­ing in their 50s and an­other two that could pass for 20 to about 40. “The parts are very fluid, so I en­cour­age any­one with an in­ter­est to have a go and au­di­tion.”

Pat is stay­ing true to script by set­ting the play, as writ­ten, in Eng­land, so you’ll need to be able to do a pass­able English ac­cent.

“This play works best as an English piece, it has that won­der­ful Bri­tish hu­mour that works so well on stage.

“Cal­en­der Girls has it all – a bit of pathos and plenty of mo­ments to make you piss your­self laugh­ing.”

Don’t worry, we’re talk­ing taste­ful nu­dity, no full frontal or any­thing.

OH MY GOOD­NESS: Cal­en­der Girls is com­ing to Coffs Coast stage.

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