Calendar Girls thrills crowds
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.