Actors from Lincoln City’s Theatre West will give revealing performances as the group presents “Calendar Girls,” a play about a normally prudish women’s group that bares all for charity.
Based on the Miramax motion picture by Juliette Towhidi and Tim Firth, the play is set the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales, where Women’s Institute member Annie is grieving the loss of her husband, John, to leukemia. She and best friend, Chris, resolve to raise money for a new couch in the local hospital waiting room. With a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer, Lawrence, they manage to persuade four fellow Women’s Institute members to pose nude with them for an alternative calendar. The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the village. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their newfound fame.
“Calendar Girls” is based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund.
The Lincoln City production is presented in collaboration with Relay for Life.
The play stars Alice Luchau as Annie, Cory Town as Lawrence, Diana Pasztor as Lady Cravenshire, Ida Liise Putansu as Ruth, Jenelle Glenn as both Brenda and Elaine, Julie Bradley as Celia, Larry Stevens as Rod, Michelle Gaylor as Cora, Patti Siberz as Jessie, Tamara Merry as Chris, Bonnie Ross as Marie, Paul McNalley as Liam and Wes Ryan as John.
Director Stina Seeger-Gibson is joined by assistant director Andrew Schmitz along with Ashley Ross and Danielle Ryan on lights and sound.
The play will run through Thursday, Nov. 9, at the Lincoln City Cultural Center, 540 NE Hwy. 101. Performances will start at 7:30 pm every Thursday, Friday and Saturday.
Tickets, $15 for adults, $13 for seniors and students and $10 for children 12 and under, are available by calling 541-994-9994 or online at www.lincolncity-culturalcenter.org.