Calendar Girls dare to bare

July 19, 2017

On show: Wendy Platt with a towel, Tricia Baggs near a piano and Fiona Kennan painting.

The Shepparton Theatre Arts Group is determined to flaunt all it has to offer with its coming production of Calendar Girls.

Based on the true story of 11 Women’s Institute members who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls follows the story of Annie whose husband John died of leukaemia.

To celebrate STAG’s own take on Calendar Girls, the theatre company created the Not Naked, Nude Calendar Girls Commemorative 2018 Calendar and plans to donate money raised from its sale to the Leukaemia Foundation.

STAG member Anne Bowen plays Lady Cravenshire in the production and recently took her clothes off for the charity calendar.

‘‘I’ve never got my gear off for anything like that but it was a great experience, I enjoyed the day and I think everybody felt the same,’’ she said.

Although Ms Bowen’s character does not de-robe during the production, she was happy to make an exception for the calendar and posed for June and in a cast group shot for December. ‘‘I’m 76, my body’s got me this far and I’m proud of it,’’ she said.

Creating the calendar was a team effort with photographer Serana Hunt Hughes, Propaganda Creative and PRINTworks Shepparton coming together to make it a reality.

Calendar Girls director Bron Prater said the calendar looked amazing, thanks to all the people who worked on it.

‘‘We had the most wonderful time taking the photos,’’ she said.

Ms Prater said it was exciting to be directing Calendar Girls and because the production was so large they had decided to stage it at WestSide Performing Arts Centre. ‘‘The show’s a much-loved show,’’ she said.

‘‘It suits our company as it’s very heavily female-oriented. Hopefully it’ll leave people going ‘wow’ as they go out.’’

To pre-order STAG’s Not Naked, Nude Calendar Girls Commemorative 2018 Calendar, email nickypom@bigpond.com

The calendars are $20 with $5 from each sale going to the Leukaemia Foundation.

Calendar Girls will be performed on Friday, September8 at 7.30pm and Saturday, September9 at 2pm and 7.30pm at Riverlinks WestSide Performing Arts Centre, Echuca Rd, Mooroopna.

Tickets are $30, $25 concession, $25 for students under 17 and $25 for groups of 10-plus.

Tickets can be purchased from Riverlinks Box Office by phoning 58329511 or be visiting the website at www.riverlinksvenues.com.au

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