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.
Milton Follies held a mini Joseph and the Technicolor Dreamcoat reunion on Saturday June 16th, with cast and crew of the successful November 2017 production reuniting at Mollymook Bowling Club to sing along to the Donny Osmond movie.
Local performers were in fine voice, with many reprising their roles for one last time. There were many laughs to be had, as the team relived missed cues, close calls and rapid costume changes, and absent members were fondly recalled.
At the end of the movie, it was unanimously agreed that our production had put the professional version to shame.
After a fortnight of auditions in April, the cast has been chosen for our upcoming production. The director Di Falloon has selected a very experienced group of actors, who came together for the first read through in late April.
The cast is:
Chris: Norma Lowe
Annie: Debra Appleton
Cora: Ruth Myers
Jessie: Mary Scott
Celia: Di L’Estrange
Ruth: Suzanne Sayers
Marie: Janet Shaw
John: Ed Love
Rod: Bill Lampard
Lawrence: Gavin Dorrell
Lady Cravenshire: Natalie Moore
Brenda Hulse: Andrea Douglass
Elaine: Crystal Moore
Liam: Daniel Costello
The production team is:
Director: Diana Falloon
Assistant Director: Natalie Moore
Producer: Allan Dean
After the recent read through, rehearsals will start in about a month.
Come and audition for our 2018 show Calendar Girls, based on the very popular film of the same name:
When Annie’s husband John dies of leukaemia, she and her best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new settee in the local hospital waiting room. They manage to persuade four fellow Women’s Institute members, Cora, Celia, Ruth and Jessie, to pose nude with them for an ‘alternative” calendar.
The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales. The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new found fame.
Audtions will be held at the CWA Hall in Milton at 7-9pm: