After the phenomenal success of The 39 Steps, the Letterkenny Music and Drama Group are preparing for their next production. It will be Calendar Girls and it will be staged in An Grianán Theatre in Letterkenny from Thurs 8th until Sat 10th November 2012. It is hoped to cast the play before the summer and then begin practices in September. Auditions will take place in the Concert Hall in Loreto Convent Concert Hall on Monday 25th June at 7.30pm.
This play is a comedy based on a true story about the women of the Rylstone Women’s Institute in North Yorkshire. This Women’s Group produced a calendar each year based around scenes of the Yorkshire dales. In 1999, one of the ladies husbands became ill with leukaemia. He would say that if the ladies planted Sunflowers, he’d make sure he’d get better so he could see them. Unfortunately, he didn’t pull through and in order to raise funds for Leukaemia research, the women decided to make an ‘alternative’ calendar of themselves hoping to sell a few hundred copies around their villages. The calendar is a little different in that each woman is posing very tastefully behind a different task that the Women’s Institute teaches their members, such as making bread rolls, knitting, planting flowers, and playing the piano. This calendar in fact became a worldwide sensation, out-selling even those of Britney Spears and Cindy Crawford. Eventually, the women are flown to America to be interviewed by Jay Leno. The calendar has made more than £3m so far for Leukaemia research.
There is a cast of 14 in the play – 10 female and 4 male- ranging in age from early/mid 20’s to 65 /70. If you are interested in taking part in this play, please come along to the audition. We are always glad to welcome new members.
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