Monday, March 19, 2018

STAG to bare flesh on stage

David Lee April 19, 2017

IN September 2017 Shepparton Theatre Arts Group is presenting the cheeky but moving play Calendar Girls written by Tim Firth, and the group is currently searching for talented performers.

Four males and nine females over 18, who not afraid to bare a little flesh, are being sought, with those interested encouraged to attend an information night on Wednesday, April 19 from 7pm.

This hilarious but touching play follows the character Annie after her husband, John dies of Leukaemia. 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 hospital porter and amateur photographer, Lawrence. The news 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. Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest selling play in British theatre history.

Co-directors, Bron Prater and Cindy Abbey are looking for a cast not afraid to bare a little flesh.

“We are seeking individuals who want to be a part of something that is hilarious and at times extremely moving,” Ms Prater said.

“The play is about loss, friendship, hope, determination and ultimately acceptance. We look forward to presenting something that will be a little cheeky for Shepparton audiences.”

Auditions will be held on April 28 and 29and a photo shoot with successful auditionees for a 2018 calendar will be on May 6.

For more information, contact Nicky Pummeroy on 0408 361 893.