WELL placed flowers, vases and cakes will be protecting the modesty of ten amateur actresses about to embark on a production of Calendar Girls.
Doncaster’s own Ice Productions will be one of the first amateur groups in the country to stage the popular play, based on the WI group who stripped off for a charity calendar, only to become global sensations.
Director Ian Coley, from Armthorpe, said Doncaster’s acting community were not put off by the nudity element with 30 people auditioning for 14 roles, and those selected have already been warming up by posing for the show’s publicity shots.
Mr Coley said: “The people behind the play are trying for a world record for the number of amateur groups doing the show at the same time, so there are going to be a lot of groups up and down the country performing this play. I understand there is also going to be a group doing a production in Hatfield.
“It is a very funny show, although there is also a lot of emotion in it. We have had a lot of women telling us they want to come and see the show, but I think men will enjoy it too.
“Ticket sales are going well already, and we have sold 800 so far. We’ve got 3,000 more to sell.”
The cast taking part in the famed scenes come from a range of backgrounds including a teaching assistant, optician, dental nurse and a retired teacher.
There will be an array of different props used for the performances, with the director commenting the women will be covered using a full size piano, plenty of sunflowers, a ‘Mum’ wreath and some very large buns.
Tickets are currently available from Doncaster Civic Theatre’s box office on 01302 342349.
The performance marks the first time the stage rights have become available and will be performed at Doncaster Civic Theatre between September 4 and 8.