January 7–24, 2016
Our 25th Anniversary Season
Calendar GirlsWhen 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 club 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 women who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund.
NOTE: This production contains brief nudity and may not be appropriate for all audiences.
The fundraising phenomenon of the Calendar Girls was inspired by the death of Angela Baker's husband John Richard Baker, an Assistant National Park Officer for the Yorkshire Dales National Park Authority, who died from non-Hodgkin's lymphoma at the age of 54 in 1998. During his illness Angela's friends began to raise money, initially with the aim of purchasing a sofa for the visitors' lounge in the hospital where John was treated. Nothing could have prepared them for the way their original calendar took off (selling 202,000 copies in it’s first year). To date they have raised over £3 million for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, the UK's leading blood cancer charity.
Production Design by- Peter Barbieri, Jr.
Costume Design by- Christine Mallardi
Production Stage Managers- Liz Hirtenstein, Dana Posner
Directed by- Gail Yudain
Cast (in order of appearance):
Chris- Kate Telfer
Annie- Anne Alford
Jessie- Christina Richardson
Celia- Deborah Burke
Marie- Jean Carucci
Ruth- Cathy Cordaro
Cora- Carin Freidag
Brenda Hulse- Stephanie Schwartz
John- Tom Costaggini
Rod- Seth Barkan
Lady Cravenshire- Brent McKinley
Lawrence- Jordon Michael Hensley
Elaine- Dana Posner
Liam- Anthony Gray