Baring it all for a theatre sensation
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.