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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.

Volunteers Needed

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

We’re starting to prepare 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 Allan for details. Thanks so much.. Without you, we couldn’t do it.

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

First read through held for Calendar Girls

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.

Watch this space for more developments!

Updated Calendar Girls Auditions in April

We’ve changed the audition format, so the second week is for callbacks:

Audtions will be held at the CWA Hall in Milton at 7-9pm:

  • Tuesday April 10th
  • Thursday April 12th

Callbacks will be held at the same venu and time:

  • Tuesday April 17th
  • Thursday April 19th

The full audition pack can be downloaded here: Calendar Girls Audition Pack

Come and be part of this wonderful production!

April Auditions for Calendar Girls

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:

  • Tuesday April 10th
  • Thursday April 12th

Callbacks will be held at the same venu and time:

  • Tuesday April 17th
  • Thursday April 19th

The full audition pack can be downloaded here: Calendar Girls Audition Pack

Come and be part of this wonderful production!