Written by Tim Furth, (2008) based on the 2003 film of the same name.
A dramatic comedy based on the true story of Chris, Annie and their friends in Yorkshire England who create a wildly successful "almost nude" calendar to raise funds for charity to international acclaim.
AUDITION DATES: January 9, 10 (choose either date or both) 6:30 PM West Bend Masonic Center, 301 N University Drive. West Bend
ROLES AVAILABLE: 9 FEMALES - Ages 20-70+ and 4 MEN 20-60+ for Calendar Girls
SCHEDULE: Read-through February 7 , Rehearsals Begin March 6, Masonic Center, Performances - May 5,6,7 and 12, 13, 14 at UWM Theatre, West Bend. Special Photo Sessions are planned for PR purposes by appointment.
NOTE: Women auditioning should be willing to pose in "body conscious" costuming. There is NO nudity, but there are very revealing situations.
DIRECTOR: Questions welcome to: Naomi.Tiefel@gmail.com
AUDITION MATERIALS - Character Descriptions & Readings
When Annie's husband John dies of leukemia, she and her long-standing best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. With varying levels of encouragement, they persuade four friends and fellow members of the Women’s Institute (W.I.) to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar. They are assisted by a hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence, who looked after John in his final days. This is much to the horror of their local W.I. chairman, Marie. The success of the calendar goes beyond their wildest dreams, and they have soon raised the money needed and much more. Their efforts also catch the attention of the national and international press, who soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. Although the calendar is a huge success, Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test with their new-found fame and Chris is forced to question her real motivation behind doing the calendar. Tim Firth’s hilarious play is based on the true story of eleven W.I. members who famously posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukemia Research Fund in 1999.
The Year 2000 W.I. calendar was successful internationally, and over the years, annual calendars have raised millions for their stated charity. West Bend Theatre Company will be partnering with Chix 4 A Cause on this show.