Cal­en­dar Girls thrills crowds

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The play Cal­en­dar Girls was writ­ten by Tim Firth and based on a mo­tion pic­ture by Juli­ette Towhidi and Tim Firth.

The Whanga­mata Theatre So­ci­ety were thrilled with the full houses of nearly 200 ev­ery night and vir­tu­ally a full mati­nee on the Satur­day.

It was very well re­ceived and lo­cals as well as visi­tors rated it as the best pro­duc­tion yet.

It was a huge com­mit­ment for the cast of 14, with Des Ritchie play­ing the two roles of both John and Liam. The play was di­rected by Anne Hunter, who also played one of the lead roles of Chris.

Her past ex­pe­ri­ence as a pro­fes­sional ac­tress cer­tainly con­trib­uted to the play’s great suc­cess. A back­stage crew of more than 40 as­sisted with props, cos­tume, hair and makeup, front of house, mar­ket­ing and set con­struc­tion.

Mu­si­cian Lar­ree Wal­lace ac­com­pa­nied the songs and also played mood mu­sic be­tween scenes. John Mc­cle­naghan did lights and sound.

Pro­duc­tion man­ager Aisne Ed­wards de­signed the set and was as­sisted in its con­struc­tion by a huge in­put from Kate Jones­madill and her team.

The lo­cal Men­zshed put in a huge ef­fort to help through­out the pro­duc­tion process.

The sun­flow­ers painted by Kate were auc­tioned on the last night and money raised is to go tothe Lions Cancer Lodge in Hamil­ton.

Hun­dreds of peo­ple en­joyed the play Cal­en­dar Girls which was di­rected by Anne Hunter, who also played one of the lead roles.

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