Bar­ing it all for a the­atre sen­sa­tion

Coastal News - - News - By ANNE HUNTER Cal­en­dar Girls di­rec­tor

Tick­ets go on sale this week­end for Whanga­mata¯ The­atre So­ci­ety’s pro­duc­tion of the hugely suc­cess­ful play Cal­en­dar Girls.

Fol­low­ing the suc­cess of the orig­i­nal film, the play is one of the most per­formed plays by am­a­teur and pro­fes­sion­als in­ter­na­tion­ally.

Based on a true story, Cal­en­dar Girls is about a group of feisty women — all mem­bers of a lo­cal Women’s In­sti­tute in a York­shire vil­lage. When one of their hus­bands dies of leukemia, the women de­cide they want to raise money for a new set­tee in the Can­cer Wing of the lo­cal hospi­tal.

Ob­serv­ing how “flesh sells” the women, led by the in­domitable Chris, de­cide to “whip off their bras” to ap­pear in a cal­en­dar that “cel­e­brates the ma­ture fe­male form”.

Con­cern­ing their fam­i­lies and out­rag­ing the con­ser­va­tive WI pow­ers that be who seek deco­rum in all things, the cal­en­dar is a run­away suc­cess that puts the six ex­tra­or­di­nary women firmly in the spot­light on the world stage and raises more money than they ever dreamed pos­si­ble.

We have a very tal­ented cast of lo­cals and a won­der­ful sup­port team led by pro­duc­tion man­ager Aisne Ed­wards, whose props team faces the big­gest chal­lenge of all with lit­er­ally hun­dreds of items to source and create.

The set, be­ing painted by Kate Jones Madill and her team, prom­ises to trans­form the Memo­rial Hall into the York­shire Dales, re­splen­dent in the golden glow of the glo­ri­ous sun­flower — the flower that is cen­tral to the story.

Quirky, poignant and very, very funny, Cal­en­dar Girls opens next month.

Look out for and have your photo taken with the Sun­flower Lady over Labour Week­end, when the Cal­en­dar Girls cast will be col­lect­ing for the pro­duc­tion’s cho­sen can­cer char­ity, the Waikato Can­cer So­ci­ety’s Lion’s Lodge in Hamil­ton.


Some of the Cal­en­dar Girls in re­hearsal. Back left: Mardi O’shea, Tracey Blake and Sandy Moss. Front left: Anne Hunter and An­nette Rip­pon.

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