Coolum presents Calendar Girls

Coolum Theatre players Barb Ryan Director of Calendar Girls, Carol Raye Director/Chair Katie Rose Cottage Hospice, with cast members Andrew Moon, Deb Ellison and Liz Bear seated))

“The last phase is the most glorious”. A line from Calendar Girls by Tim Firth. This play was written 20 odd years ago as a result of a group of women who attended the local Women’s Institute in the dales of northern England. These brave women starred in and produced an ‘alternative’ calendar to raise funds to buy a settee for a local hospital. It was at this hospital where one of the women’s husbands had passed away as a result of Leukemia.

This wonderful story was made into both a motion picture, a stage play and now a musical.

Coolum Theatre Players will present the stage play in March and April this year which will be directed by Barbara Ryan, a relatively newcomer to the Sunshine Coast. Barbara relocated to Mt Coolum in 2019 from northern Victoria where she directed and acted for many years in local community and pro-am productions. Previously she performed with several theatrical companies in Coffs Harbour and was a founding member of Seacreast Productions. She directed her first show Deckchairs, for Coolum Theatre Players in April 2021.

“This play is a particular favourite of mine and is the second time I’ve been given the opportunity to direct it. Whilst it may be known for its ‘nude’ scene, the story is so much more. It’s a beautiful story of a group of women who are there for each other through life’s ups and downs, through the fun times and through the dark days of deep loss.It’s both very funny and poignant at the same time. This is a story of a group of women who want to make a difference to other people’s lives who may be suffering and who are brave enough to ‘take their clothes off’ to do so.”

Barbara is thrilled with the calibre of the cast and crew who come from far and wide, many of whom bring years of stage experience with them. There is already a strong connection and trust between everyone involved and a desire to do justice to and honour the original women and their mission.

The cast and crew of Coolum Theatre Players production of Calendar Girls will star in and produce a calendar of their very own with the proceeds of the calendar being donated by Coolum Theatre Players to Katie Rose Cottage. The CEO John Gabrielson and Director/ChairCarol Rayefrom Katie Rose Cottage have identified a need for some new comfy lounge chairs for their guests and so the aim is to raise enough funds from the sales of our calendars to do so. The calendars will be available to purchase during the run of the shows at the end of March and start of April and will also be available to purchase directly through Coolum Theatre Players after the show. Katie Rose Cottage is largely dependent upon donations and volunteers to operate this special service. If you have been thinking about volunteering your time, skills and love, there would hardly be a more worthy cause than Katie Rose Cottage. For more information, please contact Carol Raye at carolr@katierosecottage.org.au.

Tickets for this not to be missed show will be available through North Shore Realty in Coolum in early February. Performance dates are Friday 25, Saturday 26 and Sunday 27 March and Friday 1, Saturday 2 and Sunday 3 April 2022.

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