Make a date to watch stage first of hit show Calendar Girls
GRIMSBY'S Caxton's Theatre will stage the first non-professional performance of the hit show Calendar Girls.
Thanks to director Robert Till, the amateur theatre group has secured the licence to stage the bitter sweet tale.
Robert said: "I am so chuffed that we will be the first. It was important to get the first showing because of all the competition."
One of the stalwarts of the group, Cathy Bennett-Ryan, said: "We are proud to have the first show, thanks to Robert.
"He had the foresight to apply for the rights.
"I am not surprised there has been a lot of interest from people wanting to take part.
"There are plenty willing to get their kit off for the show and there are parts for the over-40s. It is the sort of play where you will be filled with laughter and the next moment filled with sorrow as it involves someone who is terminally ill and the play is about his memory and it takes off from there.
"There are different ways of getting nude. There are sleazy ways and drunken ways, but this is a fun way.
"I think it will be quite liberating for the actors."
Caxton performer Christine Cornthwaite said: "It is a wonderful story and as a play it is a challenge.
"I hope it will be good for a laugh. If you want to be on the stage you have to have a liberal attitude."
Debbie Shepherd, who is also a member of Barton Operatic Society, said: "It will be a lot of fun.
"It will be nice to perform in a lovely theatre rather than a school hall for a change."
A regular performer on stages throughout Lincolnshire, Jeannine Ridha said: "Calendar Girls has the lot. It is comedy, it is pathos.
"It is not smutty and not like The Full Monty."
Calendar Girls will be staged from September 1 to 8. Tickets are priced £7.
It will be preceded by other shows, including popular farce Not Now Darling by Chapman and Cooney, directed by Derek Hodges staged from July 14 to 21.
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