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       Shelburne Players is excited to be presenting Calendar Girls on stage this spring, show dates           
    April 9-12, 16-19.  Auditions are scheduled for December 9, 10, 11 in the Town Offices, 6:30.  The cast
    calls for great character roles, 9 women, several in their middle years, and 4 men.  We are also looking
    for a stage manager.  For details and questions, contact Beth Curtis (director) or
    Rachel Smith (producer)

    Calendar Girls Summary   
     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 (Women's Institute)
    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 Leukemia
    Research Fund, Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest
    selling play in British theatre history.   ((Samuel French Plays)

    "Calendar Girls, with a script by Tim Firth who also co-wrote the movie, achieves exactly what it sets out to do.
    It makes you laugh, it makes you cry, and it leaves you feeling better about life than you did when you entered
    the theatre." - The Telegraph

    Character Descriptions

    CHRIS - 50s. Life of the party, likes the spotlight… Annie’s best friend, catalyst for the calendar.

    ANNIE - 50s. Warm, at heart more conformist. Grieving for her husband, determined to raise money for
    cancer foundation.

    CORA - around 40, the joker in the pack, too much native resilience to be downtrodden. can carry a tune
    (would be great if can play piano)

    JESSIE - late 60s/70s, she tells it like it is, folks rarely surprised by her actions…her elixir of life is bravery.

    CELIA - age anything 35-50… more at home in a department store than a church hall, a bit of a rebel.

    RUTH – 40s, Ruth is eager to please but not a rag doll, grows into a woman happy on her own skin.

    MARIE - 50s. The WI is a trophy to her, which justifies her entire existence… a lingering part of Marie would
    love to be a part of the calendar.

    JOHN - 50s. Annie’s husband - a human sunflower. Not a saint nor hero.  When he dies, it feels like someone
    somewhere turned a light off.

    ROD - Chris's husband, 50s. You have to be a certain kind of guy to stick with Chris …has a deadpan humour
    which has always made Chris laugh.  He works every hour to make his shop a success.

    LAWRENCE - late 20s. Hesitant without being nerdy, a shy young man with enough wit to make a joke and
    enough spirit to turn up at the WI hall to interview as the calendar photographer.

    LADY CRAVENSHIRE - 60s.The WI girls seem from another, lesser world.  When she makes an entrance, she
    must make an entrance.

    BRENDA HULSE - 30-50s. Proud of her knowledge of broccoli, the quintessential WI member, speaks exactly,
    always in control.

    ELAINE - 20s. Elaine really doesn’t mean to be so patronizing, but  is, very…the ladies seem from the world of
    her gran. (Same actress could play both roles.)

    LIAM - late 20s. would like to be directing other things … He’s not so unprofessional as to let it show, but we
    can sense a slight weariness at having to deal with these women.