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             And coming soon...

         We are already planning our October production -

                     CALENDAR GIRLS

 Interested?  See the auditions, cast information below or please       contact us at enquiries@congletonplayers.com


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                                          Calendar Girls by Tim Firth


We begin our 2024-5 season with a favourite play of ours, Calendar Girls by Tim Firth. We first performed this in 2012 and we are very happy to perform it again under the fabulous direction of Louise Colohan, ably assisted by Wendy McKie, with Ria Green as the Producer.


  • The reading will be on Sunday 16thJune at 7.00 pm in Room 2of the extension at Daneside Theatre.
  • The auditions will be on Sunday 23rdJune at 7.00 pm in the bar, which will be open for those who’d like a drink. The play will be performed at Daneside Theatre, Park Road, Congleton, CW12 1DP from Tuesday 1stOctober – Saturday 5thOctober at 7.30 pm inclusively.
  • Rehearsals will be once a week on a Sunday evening from 6.30 pm. until we move into the theatre the week previous to the show, when you may be required on any evening. All cast will be required at all rehearsals.


Notes from the Director


Based on the true story of eleven WI members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund,Calendar Girls opened at the Chichester Festival Theatre and has since become the fastest-selling play in British theatre history.


The story of the calendar girls swept the whole world up in 1999-2000, when their ‘nude’ photos appeared in what was then known as ‘the 2000 Alternative WI Calendar’. It was released on 12th April 1999 and became a runaway success, selling out in the first week.Calendar Girls was inspired by the death of Angela Baker’s husband John, who died from non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma at the age of 54 in 1998. During his illness, John’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.



The story is heart-warming, joyful, funny and raw. Friendships are tested and bonds are strengthened. The whole play is about embracing all women regardless of age, ethnicity or size. A true celebration of women, by women, for everyone.



Location:Yorkshire- if possible, I would like to keep this in place but we will see what level of accents we get on the day. Comedic delivery is key for some roles more than others.



Auditions: Process – non-scripted


The reason behind this: Calendar Girls is one of the best-known stories, the audience already know the story before they enter the building. What we want from this production is raw energy, and realism which will bring the audience on a journey, yes, they may know the story but we want to bring them a fresh heart felt version, that feels more real than actors just acting.


Please do not put yourself forward if you are not comfortable with the nudity. There will be photo shoots, video trailer, publicity and live stage nudity required.


Please pick your character of choice – having reviewed the script and done your personal research, tell us about your character/yourself. A short story about your character, it can be an isolated life event, or general day to day goings on, a day in life of X.


TIPS:

Try choosing a character that you can bring some life experience to, or you feel aligns with part of your personality. 

Keep your story to 3 minutes.

Do not wear costumes, but feel free to bring props that will enhance your character choice (for instance, does your character smoke, bake a cake, put make up on while you chat to us).


Characters

Chris
Wife Friend Outgoing Extrovert Florist Attention Seeking  Yorkshire Confident Nudity (Y)


Annie
Wife Friend Devoted Marriage Widow Grief Women’s Institute Nudity (Y)

Cora
Single Mother  Pianist Church Singer Witty Joker Ex Smoker Rock Chick Alternative  Rebellious Nudity(Y)

 Jessie
Seventies Teacher Retired Intelligent Fierce Strong Woman Cheeky  Confident Women’s Institute Rebellious Nudity (Y)
 

Ruth
Wife Marriage Marital Breakdown Keen Enthusiastic Women’s Institute Transformation Kind Nudity (Y)
 

Celia
Glamorous  Wife Wealthy Bored Fed Up Cheeky Provocative Confident Body Women’s Institute  Rebellious  Nudity (Y)
 

Marie
Chairman Bossy Leader  Women’s Institute Enthusiastic Strict Overbearing Ambitious Eager  

John
Husband Adoring Leukaemia Illness Death Kind Loving  
 

Brenda Hulse
Speaker Guest Dull Boring Women’s Institute 
 

Rod
Husband Witty Deadpan Humor Lively Florist Hard-Working Loyal Friendship Honest 

Lawrence
Photographer Nervous Shambling Enthusiastic  

Elaine
Beautiful Elegant Makeup Artist Mistress Infidelity  Patronising 

Lady Cravenshire
Posh Wealthy Well-Dressed Upper Class English Accent Patronising Elegant 

Liam
Director Professional Weary Bored Patient English Accent 

 

 

Casting

It is crucial that should you audition you are committing to our very short rehearsal period, should you believe that you will be missing a number of those scheduled rehearsals please make it known prior to the auditions. This will not have a negative effect on your audition, it is merely to allow the team to know who we have at each rehearsal.


Each cast member will be required for all rehearsals listed; this is a team effort.


Here you will find the link to the Facebook group for all things related to our production of Calendar Girls.