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Calendar Girls at The Group Rep

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The Group Rep presents  

CALENDAR GIRLS

Written by Tim Firth

Directed by Larry Eisenberg

Based on the wonderful motion picture, CALENDAR GIRLS, written by Tim Firth based on the Miramax motion picture by Juliette Towhidi and Tim Firth, is the Group Rep’s final production of their successful 42nd Season.  And a fun and lively show it is.

We all remember the moving story about a group of women in Knapley, a Yorkshire town in England, who set out to raise money to buy a new sofa for the local hospital in memory of Annie’s husband John (Lauren Peterson and Doug Haverty), and end up producing a calendar that uncovers more than the average charity calendar.   The women belong to the WI or Women’s Institute which is a large organization in England with separate chapters throughout the country.  Chris (Michele Bernath) comes up with the idea for the revealing calendar, but the WI is “aghast” at this type of fundraising opportunity.   You see, last year the calendar was of churches.  And this year….. Well, it isn’t plum jam and tea cozies. 

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Each woman is shy at first. After all, they are baring it all, as well as being middle-aged women from a small town in Northern England.

But then, they “get their kit off” as the English saying goes, and bring their own special essence to the calendar, and the photo shoot that captures each of their attributes.  These special women are Cora (LizAnne Keigley), Celia (Vesna Tolomanoska), Jessie (Cheryl Crosland Butler) and Ruth (Julie Davis).  The WI headquarters ladies are Lady Cravenshire/Brenda (Lareen Faye) and Elaine (Jennifer Nicole Ross).  Rob (Chris Winfield) is Chris’ husband, and our photographer Lawrence (James Guinn) and Liam (Devin Juleff) round out a wonderful ensemble cast. 

Great direction by Larry Eisenberg with a huge cast.  Great set, the costumes are fun, music and props terrific.  Everything brings together an entertaining evening, and one filled with tasteful, and minimal nudity. 

Again, I have to say how fantastic this cast is.  CALENDAR GIRLS is a great finale to a thoroughly enjoyable season!  Onward to season 43!

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Cast:  Michele Bernath*, Cheryl Crosland Butler, Julie Davis, Lareen Faye, James Guinn, Doug Haverty, Belinda Howell, Devin Juleff, LizAnne Keigley, Lauren Peterson, Jennifer Nicole Ross, Vesna Tolomanoska, and Chris Winfield.

Director:  Larry Eisenberg

Producer for the Group Rep:  Drina Durazo

Dialect Coach:  Glenda Morgan Brown

Assistant Director:  Alyson York

Music Advisor:  Paul Cady

Scenic & Light Design:  J. Kent Inasy

Costume Design:  Angela M. Eads

Prop Design:  Hisato Masuyama & Kyra Schwartz

Sound Design:  Steve Shaw

Marketing & Backstage Dresser:  Cynthia Howe

Public Relations:  Nora Feldman

Graphic Design:  Doug Haverty + Art &  Soul Design

Program:  Drina Durazo

Lonny Chapman Theatre

10900 Burbank Blvd

North Hollywood, CA 91601

Buy Tickets:  www.thegrouprep.com    or   818-763-5990

When:  August 26 – October 9, 2016

Plays:  Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm;  Sunday matinees at 2pm

Q & A Talk-backs after Sunday matinees:  Sept 4 and Sept 18

Mild adult themes:  Brief partial nudity

Appropriate for Ages 14+

General Admission:  $25;    Senior/Students:  $20 with ID

Advance Pre-Paid Parties of 10+:  $15

Running Time:  Approximately 120 minutes with a 15 minute intermission

Wheelchair accessible

Each woman is shy at first.  After all, they are baring it all, as well as being middle-aged women from a small town in Northern England.  
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Cathy Wayne

Cathy Wayne. Theatre reviews for NoHoArtsditrict.com

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