Our May production is Calendar Girls Tim Firth’s hilarious play is based on the true story of eleven Women’s Institute members who famously posed semi-nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund in 1999. It is a story of love, friendship and ingenuity and will have the audience laughing and crying tears of joy. Directed by Ricky Siegel, a veteran HCP actor and director, who says that this is “a great play about courage to step out of one’s comfort zone”! Plan to audition for the show which will open May 23-26 and May 30 – June 2nd show on Jan. 13 and 14. Rehearsals will start in early April.
Synopsis of play
When Annie’s husband John dies of leukemia she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow WI members to pose nude with them for an “alternative” calendar, with a little help from an amateur photographer Lawrence. The new of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire and hordes of press soon descend on the small Village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame.