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Calendar Girls Closes

All good things must come to an end, and that was certainly the case of Milton Follies triumphant production of Calendar Girls which closed with a full house on Sunday 11th November. The show, seen by over a thousand people, was a huge success, with audiences treated to a heart warming show with bold performances which made them laugh uproariously one minute and move them to tears the next.

Calendar Girls came together as a result of six months of hard work. Director Diana Falloon knew how much potential the show had, and kept a firm hand on bringing her vision to life. Allan and Jann Dean, new to the area, brought a wealth of experience, talent and hard work to their roles of Producer and Props Manager, and brought the show to flower – as those of you who were blown away by the calendar shoot and final sunflower scene will attest! Superbly wrangled by our Stage Manager Jennifer Sach and her stage crew, cast and props were always where they meant to be, when they were meant to be there, and mostly in correct costumes thanks to Costume Manager Ash Howes. The unflappable Hair and Makeup team, headed by Renee Morgan and Ingrid Elenius, were their usual fabulous selves, and helped the cast to stride on stage and into character. We also owe our Lighting Designer, Claire Kirk-Downey, a debt of gratitude. Her work was magnificent, but the funeral and letters scene were both particularly given an additional emotional punch by her design. We would have also been lost without our safety net, Prompt Cath Tidbury, who attended every rehearsal and knew the show backwards. A huge thanks also goes to Steve Sayers, for his tireless work as Sponsorship Officer and FOH manager, as well as to all the volunteers who helped both front and back of stage. Follies also would like to acknowledge the hard work and support offered by Billy and the UHS Entertainment students.

Finally, a word about our cast. Many of our cast had not worked together before, nor taken on roles that stretched or challenged them as much as this show did. Calendar Girls is first and foremost about friendship, and that’s what this show created in abundance for our performers. There’s nothing like choreographing public nudity with random props and lighting covers to promote trust and respect within a group – and that comes only after multiple rehearsals full of hysterical laughter and dawning realisation that yes, this is actually going to happen! Having the show so well received – and being met with wave upon wave of raucous laughter which you think has peaked but then gets even louder – has been an experience they will never forget.

As always, thank you to our sponsors and to our community. We look forward to building on the success of Calendar Girls.

Photo Credit : Anna Rosenzweig

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Calendar Girls coming together nicely

“He reckoned all the jam-making and knitting was basically a front for a load of respectable middle aged women to get together and go nuts.”

Lawrence Sugden, to the women of the WI, Calendar Girls.

If you have been near the Milton CWA Hall in recent weeks, you may have heard raucous laughter spilling out from behind the closed doors of the Follies rehearsals for their November production of Calendar Girls.

While hard at work learning their lines and remembering their props, the cast and crew continue to find moments of hilarity in this heart-warming play of love, loss and fundraising.  One wonders whether Lawrence’s quote could equally be applied to the Follies team bringing this show to life. And that’s before the clothes come off!

With Di Falloon ably returning to her Director’s chair, Follies has been delighted to welcome newcomer Allan Dean to the role of Producer. With the script calling for a “boy band diorama made out of pine cones”, we are also delighted to welcome the fabulously talented Jann Dean to the role of Props Manager, and are always excited to see what she brings in next.

Jennifer Sach brings a wealth of practical experience to the role of Backstage Manager, and we are excited to welcome back Renee Morgan as Makeup Artist. With Ash Howes as Costume Manager, and the hard working Steve Sayers managing the Front of House Team, Follies is confident that this production is in brilliant hands.

Tickets for Calendar Girls are on sale now online here, or in person at Awka Surf Milton.

Show dates are:

  • 7pm Friday      2 &   9 November
  • 8pm Saturday 3 & 10 November
  • 2pm Sunday    4 & 11 November

Tickets are $28 adult, $25 concession, student and groups of 10 or more.

 

Could you Help for a Few Hours?

If you’re a dab hand building things, or have a special talent for finding the right props for a stage play, we need you!

We’re preparing for Calendar Girls, and can use all the assistance we can get. Please come along and help out, even if you only have a few spare hours.

It’s very rewarding seeing your handiwork on stage!

Please contact the producer Allan for details. Thanks so much. Without you, we couldn’t do it.

Allan Dean
0428 748 177
allan.dean.1@bigpond.com

Updated Cast and Crew for Calendar Girls

After a few unexpected events, the cast and crew of our next production has been updated.

Cast:

  • Chris: Di L’Estrange
  • Annie: Debra Appleton
  • Cora: Ruth Myers
  • Jessie: Mary Scott
  • Celia: Crystal Moore
  • Ruth: Suzanne Sayers
  • Marie: Natalie Moore
  • John: Nic Alexander
  • Lawrence: Gavin Dorrell
  • Rod: Daniel Costello
  • Lady Cravenshire: Norma Lowe
  • Brenda Hulse: Georgia Sadler
  • Elaine: Georgia Sadler
  • Liam: Bill Lampard

Crew:

  • Director: Diana Falloon
  • Producer: Allan Dean
  • Back Stage Manager: Jennifer Sach

Calendar Girls rehearsals coming along nicely

There’s no rest for Follies, with Calendar Girls rehearsals now in full swing. The first few rehearsals were full of giggles as performers played Never Have I Ever and the Human Knot game in order to quickly establish relationships on which to build a bonded troupe.

Di Falloon is now spending time with the cast workshopping characters, before tackling perhaps the most daunting scene of the show – the nude calendar photo shoot.

With scores of props, multiple entrances and exits, piano playing, singing, as well as choreography for 6 unclothed women to protect their modesty, this scene has the potential to be the highlight of the play, or its biggest disaster! The show opens in November, with ticket sales available soon.