Originally published in Castine Patriot, May 17, 2018 and Island Ad-Vantages, May 17, 2018 and The Weekly Packet, May 17, 2018
NST production a tribute to women’s strength and friendship
The Blue Hill Town Hall Theater is full of flowers, knitting, pastries and laughter as New Surry Theatre prepares to open its production of Calendar Girls on Memorial Day weekend. Tim Firth’s comedy is based on the true story of a group of Women’s Institute members in Yorkshire, England, who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for leukemia research after one of the members lost her beloved husband to the disease. The story was first made into a Miramax film with Helen Mirren and has since toured the globe as a popular play.
NST’s production is directed by Johannah Blackman. “This story is a tribute to the strength of women and friendship,” said Blackman in a press release. “Each of the women involved starts the play feeling trapped in their lives in some way. The events of the play draw out the strength these ladies always had.”
NST’s production stars Rebecca Poole, Glenon Friedmann, Vanessa Hawkins, Cherie Magnello, Lori Sitzabee and Veronica Young as the “calendar girls.” Alison Cox plays the stringent head of the Knapely WI, Matt Murphy is Annie’s husband, John, and Hoyt Hutchins play the young photographer the ladies enlist to help them make their calendar. Costumes are by Elena Bourakovsky. Judy Taylor and a group of fellow talented artists have brought the hills of Yorkshire to the Blue Hill Town Hall stage.
Performances are May 25, 26 and June 1, 2, 8 and 9 at 7 p.m. and May 27 and June 10 at 3 p.m. at the Blue Hill Town Hall Theater. Tickets are available at newsurrytheatre.org or by calling 200-4720.
There is a special benefit performance on Sunday, June 3 at 3 p.m. for the Cancer Support Center of Maine. Tickets can be reserved by calling 322-0960.
Please note that this production contains partial nudity and may not be appropriate for very young audiences.