The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem to Present Calendar Girls Opening Sept. 21
The Little Theatre of Winston-Salem will present the first show of its 84th Season, Calendar Girls, opening Fri., Sept. 21, at SECCA’s McChesney Scott Dunn Auditorium, 750 Marguerite Drive in Winston-Salem. Additional performances will be held Sept. 22-23 & 27-30. Thurs., Fri. and Sat. performances are at 7:30 pm and Sun. matinees are at 2 pm. Tickets are $24 for adults and $22 for students; discounts are available for groups of 10 or more. Tickets are available online and the box office is open for phone sales Wednesday through Friday from 12–4 pm. Call (336) 725-4001 for tickets or purchase them online at www.LTofWS.org.
When Annie’s husband passes away from cancer, she persuades a group of friends to pose au naturel for a calendar fundraiser to benefit the hospital. Interest in their charitable venture spreads like wildfire, and the “Calendar Girls” soon find themselves revealing more than they’d intended. Based on a true story – the women have now raised over £5 million for Bloodwise, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Research Fund – this heartwarming, comedic tale is an inspiring story of friendship, hope and determination.
“I think this show has a lot for audiences to relate to, which is a large reason why I was drawn to it,” stated Director Caitlin Stafford. “If you’ve ever experienced a loss, been self-conscious about your body, had a deep and meaningful friendship, had difficulty with parenting, or found unexpected confidence from adversity, you will find something of yourself in this show.”
Calendar Girls will be directed by Caitlin Stafford. Daniel Alvarez will design the set, with lighting design by Shawn Hooper and sound design by Rowan Wilkerson. Tara Raczenski will design costumes and Elliott Riches will stage manage the production. The cast is as follows:
Carrie Barton – Chris
Elizabeth Bergstone – Jessie
Nancy Bruce – Annie
Devlin Burke – Lawrence/Liam
Lyndsay Cromwell – Elaine
Nicole Johnson – Celia
Janice Lovett – Cora
Linda Minney – Ruth
Carl Nubile – John
Karen Robertson – Marie
Leigh Somerville – Lady Cravenshire
Tenesia Turner – Brenda
Tim Ven – Rod
An Opening Night Reception will begin at 6:30 pm on Fri., Sept. 21, in the lobby.
Calendar Girls runs approximately two hours, plus one fifteen-minute intermission. It is recommended for ages 13+. A note about nudity: “Our Calendar Girls will strip down under the cover of props and other actors. Nothing will be seen, unless we’ve failed. If we do it right, the choreography will be best described as ‘fabulous concealment’ …and we intend to do it right.”
Throughout the run of Calendar Girls, The Little Theatre will be working in partnership with the Wake Forest Baptist Health Comprehensive Cancer Center to help spread awareness about the latest treatments, research and technologies in cancer care. Additionally, The Little Theatre will be helping the Comprehensive Cancer Center raise funds for its Cancer Patient Support Program (CPSP). The five staff members and more than 30 volunteers of CPSP provide comfort, support and hope to cancer patients and family members. Donations made during each performance of Calendar Girls will support patients and families right here in our region through the wonderful work of CPSP.
For further information, please visit www.LTofWS.org or call (336) 725-4001.