Art imitates life as Calendar Girls take to the stage
OLD Coast Little Theatre’s season of Calendar Girls is on track to sell out – before the curtain even rises on Saturday’s premiere.
The strong demand for tickets is a dream come true for director Helen Maden, who says the show is a tribute to the company’s late life member and director Marion Parry.
Maden took over the show from Parry after Parry became ill.
‘‘When Marion became ill and asked if I would like to take it on, I felt like it was what I was meant to do,’’ she says.
‘‘It’s an honour she trusted me with a show she had longed to produce.’’
Calendar Girls stars Audrey Todd, Laney McLean, Lilias Davie, Jodie Barnes, Del Halpin and Dawn China.
‘‘We all want the show to be a huge success in Marion’s memory,’’ she says.
Calendar Girls is based on a real-life story which was adapted into a global film hit starring Helen Mirren, Julie Walters and an ensemble cast of veteran British actresses.
The funny, poignant and uplifting story follows the fundraising efforts of a women’s charity after the husband of one member dies of leukaemia.
The woman’s friends come up with the revolutionary idea of posing nude for a calendar to raise money for the local hospital. A media storm follows.
In a case of art life imitating art, the Gold Coast Little Theatre team has produced its own official calendar in conjunction with its season of Calendar Girls. Proceeds will benefit the Queensland Leukaemia Foundation.
Maden hopes the show will provide its audience with both an enriching experience and some belly laughs.
‘‘The characters are very real,’’ she says.
‘‘This all actually happened to a group of fabulous, brave women who embraced their inner beauty for the love of a dear friend.’’
opens at Gold Coast Little Theatre , Southport, on Saturday and plays Thursdays to Saturdays at 8pm until December 8, with 2pm matinees on November 25 and December 2.