Shepparton Theatre Arts Group will be baring it all this week when heart-warming comedy Calendar Girls takes to the stage for three performances at WestSide in Mooroopna.
Inspired by the true story of 11 members of a Women’s Institute in Yorkshire, England, who posed nude for a calendar to raise money for the Leukaemia Research Fund, Calendar Girls takes audiences on an emotional journey that is entertaining and inspiring.
Director Bron Prater said she was thrilled with how rehearsals had been progressing.
‘‘Each rehearsal we laugh and cry,’’ Ms Prater said. ‘‘The cast has bonded like no other cast before.
‘‘I guess (they) had to ‘bare’ a little more than previous shows.’’
The play follows the story of Annie whose husband John dies of leukaemia; she and best friend Chris resolve to raise money for a new sofa in the local hospital waiting room.
They manage to persuade four Women’s Institute members to pose nude with them for an alternative calendar, with a little help from hospital porter and amateur photographer Lawrence.
The news of the women’s charitable venture spreads like wildfire and hordes of press soon descend on the small village of Knapeley in the Yorkshire Dales.
The calendar is a success, but Chris and Annie’s friendship is put to the test under the strain of their new-found fame.
Just like the play, STAG decided to make its own nude calendar.
‘‘We have such a brave cast,’’ Ms Prater said.
‘‘One week they auditioned for a role, the next week we asked them to take their clothes off to pose nude for a calendar.’’
The ‘‘Not Naked, Nude Calendar Girls Commemorative 2018 Calendar’’ will be available to buy at the performances and $5 from each calendar will be donated to the Leukaemia Foundation.
Calendar Girls features the talents of Robyn Banfield, Fiona Wallace, Tricia Baggs, Fiona Kennan, Wendy Russell, Carol Davidson, Melanie Matthews, John Lewis, John Head, Aaron-David Palmer, Anne Bowen, Gemma Marchant, Troy McKindley and Wendy Platt.
The performances kick off on Friday, September 8, with a 7.30pm show, followed by 2pm and 7.30pm performances on Saturday, September 9.
Tickets cost $30, $25 for concession, or $25 for a group booking of 10 or more.
Tickets are available from Riverlinks, phone (03) 5832 9511 or visit www.tinyurl.com/stagcalendar