Follow the tale of a group of women and their endeavor to raise money for cancer research - by posing nude for a special charity calendar! When Annie's husband John dies of leukemia, she and her best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to convince four other Women's Institute members to pose nude with them for an "alternative" calendar, with a little help from the hospital doorman and amateur photographer Lawrence. The news of the charitable venture spreads like wildfire and soon the press descends on their small village. The calendar is a huge success, but Chris and Annie's friendship is put to the test under the strain of their newfound fame. Based on a true story and the 2003 movie of the same name, Calendar Girls became the fastest selling play in British theatre history and is a hilarious yet touching production, sure to warm your heart!
Disclaimer: This is best enjoyed by teen & adult audiences.
"Funny, sincere and just a wee bit naughty."
- Detroit Free Press
Chris - LISA MARIE PARKER-CAMPBELL +
Annie - JOANIE MELEKIAN
Cora - ANNE LOUISE CORYELL +
Jessie - SHARON WILLIAMS
Celia - RENAE C. FELDPAUSCH +
Ruth - SANDY GRAHAM KIRCHINGER
Marie - MARY REDMON
John - TIM KILMARTIN +
Rod - KEVIN OBERTHALER +
Lawrence - BRETTEN BAILEY
Lady Cravenshire - DEE GAUTHIER
Elaine - MEGAN LEE MAHESHWARI * +
Liam - BRETTEN BAILEY
Assistant Stage Manager / Floor Manager
Assistant Stage Manager
Light Board Operator
ELVIN E. EAST
Sound Board Operator
CHARLES MIZIKAR IV
Floor/ Fly Crew
TORRI JO MITCHELL
* Denotes Civic Debut | + Denotes Academy of Theatre Arts Student
Director - SANDRA BREMER
Scenic Designer - MADELINE SCHNORR
Costume/Hair/Makeup Designer - IVY KARLSGODT
Lighting Designer CATHERINE PRATT
Sound Designer - ANNMARIE MILLER
Properties Master - STACY BARTELL
Technical Director - PHILLIP A. MILLER
Stage Manager - ASHLEIGH DOXTATER
Friday, February 9th at 7:30pm
Saturday, February 10th at 7:30pm (Post Show Creative Conversation)
Sunday, February 11th at 2:00pm
Friday, February 16th at 7:30pm (ASL Interpreted Performance)
Saturday, February 17th at 7:30pm
Sunday, February 18th at 2:00pm
Friday, February 23rd at 7:30pm
Saturday, February 24th at 7:30pm
Calendar Girls deals honestly with death and grief has light hearted depictions of suggested nudity and will be best enjoyed by prepared high school students and adults.
Why We Chose This Show
Nothing brings us closer together as human beings than sharing a true story. Calendar Girls is an inspirational and hopeful look at surviving the loss of a loved one. The playwright uses comedy as a mask for the characters to shield themselves from the fear they face in difficult situations. It's a funny and touching story that focuses on the importance of friendship and discovering one's inner strength and beauty to help cope with grief and learn to let go.
Strobe lights may be used in this production.
Approximately 2 hours and 15 minutes. (including one 15 minute intermission)
The Civic Auditorium
329 South Park St.
Kalamazoo, MI 49007
All performances in the Civic Auditorium feature reserved seating. Doors open 30 minutes prior to each performance. View Seating Chart.
Available after 6pm in the Civic parking lot at the northeast corner of Lovell and Park Streets. There is additional parking behind the Carver Center. Street parking is available after 5pm.
Photos courtesy of Carrie Phillips