Calendar Girls - Excerpt from Sentinel & Enterprise
"Based on a true story, the play originated in England and tells of a group of mature women who want to raise money for a tribute to their friend's husband who has died of cancer," said Jane Granata, NPTG's spokesperson.
"However, the story goes viral when these women from the ages of 40 to 70 pose nude for the calendar. ... It became a movie starring Helen Mirren and has been very popular all over the world."
David Allen Prescott, who founded The Orchard Players in 2012, is directing "Calendar Girls."
"The play is hugely about women finding their own voice, and that means something different for each of the characters who already have a loose bond, and the passing of their friend's husband solidifies them; they realize through the journey how strong they are," said the director, whose wife, Jillianne, portrays Elaine.
"There are obvious sad moments in the play, and yet it is so uplifting. The story is also about finding yourself and not getting lost along the way," said Prescott, who said he'd been waiting three years to get the rights for "Calendar Girls."
"I hope that watching a bunch of women over 40 drop their robes on stage in front of a house full of people, leaves people thinking, 'if they can do that I could do that,' meaning feel comfortable in their own skin. And everybody can feel good about themselves. There is nothing wrong with being over a certain age or having a little extra weight on your bones," he said.
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