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Calendar Girls: A Comedic Romp at the San Miguel Playhouse

CALENDAR GIRLS

By Judy Newell

Filled with wit, warmth, and genuine insight, Calendar Girls is based on the true story of a group of Women’s Institute members in Yorkshire, England, who bared it all trying to raise money for charity. After her husband dies of leukemia, Annie teams up with her best friend Chris to create a fundraising calendar. Realizing that stodgy photos of landscapes and bridges won’t garner all that much money for the local hospital, they decide the calendar should instead feature tasteful nude photos of the women from the local Women’s Institute.

The play follows the women as they wade into the unknown waters of artistic nudity. Some of them are appalled, and others are titillated, but all of them have the first thought any reasonable person over 40 would have: how will I look nude? Luckily the Institute’s long tradition of fostering domestic skills suggests an endless number of items which can cover the naughty bits.

When the tops finally come off and the ladies go for broke, they are shielding their bosoms with an array of jam jars, freshly baked buns, balls of yarn, and the church hall piano. The actual calendar was an enormous hit; it was released on April 12, 1999, and was an instant sensation with the first printing selling out in a week. By December of 1999, just nine months after its launch, the calendar had sold 88,000 copies and raised some £550,000 for leukemia research. The money was used to fund cutting-edge research into lymphoma and leukemia at the University of Leeds. A plaque dedicated to John Baker, Annie’s husband, was placed in the new laboratories at Leeds.

The San Miguel Playhouse has lined up an incredible group of actors with decades of experience among them to form the ensemble cast of Calendar Girls under the direction of Jim Newell, a formidable actor in his own right. Phoebe Greyson is the producer. The cast includes Anne Campbell, Judy Newell, Kate Rowland, Maggie Bunce, Barbara Goushaw, Janell Meador, Raquel Martin, Barbara Ziff, Lola Smith, Cherrita Robertson, Frank Simmons, Neil Sklar, Fil Formicola, and Jeffery Chittenden. The San Miguel Playhouse is producing a 2019 fundraising calendar of its own in recognition of this production. The proceeds will go towards the purchase of the theater building. It features the cast of Calendar Girls with the women engaged in traditional WI activities, wearing nothing but pearls and a smile.

Calendars will be available from opening night at the Playhouse. Tickets are on sale at Boleto City, Mercado Sano, second floor, Ancha de San Antonio 123, Monday–Saturday, 11am–5pm, Tel: 152 6432 or online at sanmiguelplayhouse.com.

 

Theater

Calendar Girls

November 8–18

San Miguel Playhouse

Independencia 82

Tickets sale at:

Boleto City

Mercado Sano, Ancha de San Antonio 123

152 6432

sanmiguelplayhouse.com

 

 

 

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