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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.

 

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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.

Wyrd Sisters Rehearsals Underway

The cast and crew of Milton Follies’ June Production of the hilarious and topical ‘Wyrd Sisters’ have hit the ground running.

The show, a thought provoking comedy (think “MacBeth meets Blackadder), follows the adventures of three country witches who take on royal politics and the power-hungry, mad King. They meet with fierce resistance, in the form of a travelling performance troupe hired to rewrite history and spread ‘alternative facts’.

Director K-M Doyle was thrilled with the audition turn out, and the subsequent casting.

“This play attracted new blood for Follies which is always exciting. We have found:

  • Sarah – a former professional, British and French actor
  • Faron – a recent Charles Sturt drama graduate
  • Alex – with previous Edinburgh stage experience
  • Jodhi – a former professional actor and acting teacher, (now well-known locally as ‘The Scrappy Sculptor’)
  • Ed – a writer, actor and director of short films
  • Gemma – an experienced puppeteer
  • Layissa – a young emerging actor, recently returned from drama training in America.

We’ve also been blessed to find Ella, who is being mentored in Stage Management, and is proving herself to be perfect for the position, and an invaluable asset.

These new recruits, combined with the wealth of talent already in the Follies stable, are uniting as an insightful and dedicated ensemble, and I am so proud of the work they are already producing.”

Follies President, Ruth Myers, herself making her stage debut in this production, is delighted with the show so far.

“Terry Pratchett’s® Discworld® series is a firm favourite with readers worldwide, and I am delighted that a director with K-M’s experience and passion has volunteered to bring ‘Wyrd Sisters’ to Milton Theatre.

It is a privilege to be a part of an amateur cast that is receiving such professional training: from the industry’s leading voice training method, to ensemble building, deep character development, and individual tuition.

I am hopeful that our patrons will be treated to a show that makes them laugh and makes them think, and makes them proud to be of a community that produces and supports great talent.”

‘Wyrd Sisters’ will open at Milton Theatre on the June Long Weekend.